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Irene Furman
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 Richfield High.

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.