I was born in Argentina and moved to the United States when I
was 14. I spoke very little English when I came here. My mom, however,
was fluent in English. So, for about the first half of my first year of
high school she translated my textbooks and work for me. Then, one day I
realized I could actually understand what people around me were saying.
Even though it was very hard to adjust to a new language and a new
culture, I was committed to doing my best in school and graduated from
When my own children were of school age, I decided to go back
to school and get a degree in Elementary Education because I loved
working with children and watching them learn. I committed to graduate
and received my degree in from the State University of New York at
Cortland in 1996. After teaching second grade for four years, I decided
to go back to school again and graduated with a Master’s Degree in 2003
from SUNY at Cortland. I taught fourth grade and then kindergarten while
working on my Masters. Then, in 2003, my family and I moved to
Virginia. I have been teaching fifth grade at FBE since then.