I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I have a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a master's degree in Bilingual Education (Sp) from NYU. I was a NYC Dept. of Education classroom teacher (grades 1 thru 6) for 25 years, before becoming the school's Instructional Technology teacher, teaching all students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades (approx. 400 students each week). After seven years as the Tech teacher, I recently retired from my full time teaching position. I am currently working part-time for the same school as a technology staff trainer. I really love using Scratch with students and look forward to participating in this discussion forum.