Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Zesk



Hello Families,

My name is Joanna Zesk and I am thrilled to be your child’s 4th grade teacher. I am new to Providence Public Schools, but have had the pleasure of being a parent of a graduating 5th grader and soon to be 2nd grader at Vartan Gregorian. I’m coming from the Boston Public School system. I had the privilege of teaching in Boston in various teaching roles since 2003. I am excited to take what I have learned and apply it to my work as a 4th grade teacher at Vartan Gregorian, the best elementary school in Providence!


The following information is important for you and your child:

  • Come to school prepared with all requested supplies on the 1st day of school.
  • Lessons start at 9:15 am.  Be on time every day.
  • Come to school every day. 
  • Be well rested; get plenty of sleep each night.
  • Complete homework every night!


If we have not met already, I hope to meet you in person soon. You may contact me through email at or by phone during school hours at 401-456-9377. I hope you have a great summer and I look forward to having a great year with you and your child!



Joanna B. Zesk, MEd.

4th grade- RM 4


Room 4 Supply List 

Please come with these items on the first day of school:

*5 Marble Composition Books (college ruled)

*Plastic Pocket Folders with Three Hole Punch Prong in RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW, ORANGE (5 folders in all)

*1 Three Hole Punch Folder in any color/design for Homework

*1 3-Inch Binder in WHITE

*1 pack of Ticonderoga Pencils (community bin item)

*1 pack of large pink erasers (community bin item)

*2 rulers (one for school, one for home)

*2 glue sticks (one community bin, one for home)

*2 child safe scissors (one for community bin, one for school)

* 1 Soft Binder Pencil Pouch in any color

*2 packs of colored pencils (one for community bin, one for home)

*2 packs of Crayola Crayons- 8ct (one for community bin, one for home)

*One pack of post-it notes (community bin item)

(Community bins are for each table/group and will be replenished throughout the year with supplies brought in September)

If you and your family could kindly donate one or more of the following items, 

your generosity would be greatly appreciated!



Disinfecting Wipes

Hand Sanitizer

Zip-Lock Bags (all sizes)

Packing Tape

Skin Tone Crayons and Colored Pencils

Dry Erase Markers