Francesca DiPietro

Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics • 2022

Title and Organization Special Education Math Teacher, Queens High School of Teaching


Francesca DiPietro is described by her peers as highly respected, contagiously positive, and engaging with a knack for inspiring and empowering students. In September 2021, she became a Special Education Math Teacher and the Special Education Liaison at Queens High School of Teaching—and she brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. Previously, she taught at Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies (MACS), where she took on numerous leadership roles and fostered best practices and student-centered learning. Ms. DiPietro also formerly served as head of the Special Education Department, mentored new teachers, and led weekly professional development efforts for Special Education teachers. Ms. DiPietro’s initiatives to improve teaching practices schoolwide and work with her students to improve their performance, resulted in a high rate of IEP compliance at MACS and a remarkable record of improvement in her students’ mastery of skills. Matthew Mazzaroppi, MACS Principal said, “The students absolutely love her. When she speaks with their parents, […] she emphasizes what their child is succeeding at, what they’re doing well. That positivity turns into productivity and success for the students. Ms. DiPietro’s positivity, her tireless work on behalf of her students, her colleagues—has made her a leader and role model for everyone in this school. If I had a school-age child, she is the teacher I’d want that child to have.”