Language Arts




      Mrs. Maggie Balzano:  8th Grade Language Arts

    • M.A. Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy:  Seton Hall University
    • B.A. English:  Kean University
    • A.A. Liberal Arts:  Raritan Valley Community College
    • Principal Certificate of Eligibility
    • Supervisor Certificate
    • Certified K-12 English
    • Certified K-8 Elementary Education
    • Middle School Social Studies
    • Teacher of the Year - 2004 
    I have been teaching in Manville at the Alexander Batcho Intermediate School for seventeen years, at various levels:  6th grade language arts, 6th grade social studies, and 8th grade language arts.  Every year has been a rewarding experience with wonderful students.  I love learning about each of my students and now is your chance to learn about me.  Explore below to see what you and I have in common.
     palm     Travel
     I love to travel and learn about new places.  Outside of the U.S., I've explore and vacationed at:  Costa Rica, Mexico, Aruba. Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua, Guadeloupe, and other parts of the Caribbean and Central and South America.
    books Books
    I love to read!  Some of my favorites are:  The Great Awakening, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare's plays, A Doll's House, The Yellow Wallpaper, novels written by Dean Koontz and Flannery O'Connor.  The list is just too long to type; I just love to read.
    Broadway   Broadway Plays
    One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to visit New York City, see a Broadway play, and eat at my favorite restaurants.  Some of my favorite plays are:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Wicked, Rent, The Color Purple, and Phantom of the Opera.
     tiger   Animal
    My favorite animal of all time is the tiger.
     Giants    Yankees   Sports
     Definitely the New York Giants and the New York Yankees.  They both are the best in the world!
     purple   Color
    My favorite color is purple! 
    Favorite Feature in My Life:  My family!  I have a wonderful husband, two awesome daughters with two awesome son in laws and a beautiful grandson. 
    Of course there are many more points to learn, just as there are about you; just ask during class, and we can incorporate some new and fun writing prompts to learn about each other.