Mrs. Tonelli

I want to tell you a little about my background to help you get to know me.

I have been married to my husband, Dan, for 37 wonderful years.  Mr. Tonelli will come into the classroom a few times during the year to work on special projects with the kids.

We have three children: Jason, Shannon, and Kevin.  They are grown, and I can tell you a lot of what I believe as a teacher came from watching them as students.  I know their successes and struggles were linked to their personalities as well as their abilities.  I believe that children learn best when they are enthusiastic about what they are learning.

Before becoming a teacher, this was my career path:

  • I started as an electronic technician.  I repaired things like televisions, radios, and something called a real time analyzer used by musicians to test acoustics.
  • I was a stay-at-home mom.  As our children grew, I was happily at home with them for about 12 years.
  • I was an educational aide for 10 years.  I worked with students with many types of special needs including autism and severe behaviors.
  • During my years as an aide, I decided I wanted my own classroom and earned my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. 
  • Later, I earned my masters degree in Reading Specialization and have a Reading Endorsement on my teaching license.
  • During the summer of 2018, I received my masters degree in Instructional Technology.   
  • I am currently in my fourteenth year of teaching.


This is the newest addition to my family, my grandson James. In this picture, his corrected age was 8 months. (He was born weighing less than 3 lbs.) As you can see, he is an amazing little boy! Of course “Nana” makes sure he has a lot of books to choose from. He had his second birthday over the summer and loves books and action!

I believe that all my prior experiences are seen in my philosophies and practices as a classroom teacher.  I try to use them to make our classroom a place where children want to be and where they want to learn.  When children want to learn, there’s no stopping them! I’m looking forward to a great year!

Denise Tonelli

Longcoy Office:   330-676-8350

My voicemail: 330-676-8371  ( I NEVER answer the phone during the school day.  I rarely check messages until the end of the day.  I do this so my focus is on the children.  If you have a message that I will need during a school day, please call the office and they will make sure I get it.)

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