Monica has been an educator of young children for over a decade in a variety of capacities and across a wide range of grades. She began her career as a bilingual teacher but her passion for educational technology later led her to become a technology teacher. In this capacity she launched her school's first technology program and developed/delivered standards-aligned tech curriculum to students in grades K to 2. In addition, she facilitated professional development opportunities and provided support to teachers in the use and integration of technology in the classroom.
Monica worked with HIVE NYC during the summer of 2013 as a National Summer Learning Association Teaching Fellow and collaborated with Maker Corps members to plan and curate workshops for NYC youths. Workshops ranged from project-based hands-on building to web-making, game design and physical computing. She now continues to work with edtech companies and other organizations to help develop curriculum, provide professional feedback on new projects, and support educators looking to successfully integrate technology and make it accessible to children and their families.
In 2013, Monica became part of a new innovative school movement and returned to the classroom as a 2nd grade teacher at PS274 – The New American Academy at Roberto Clemente State Park in the South Bronx. As a Partner Teacher at PS274, she developed and delivered Common Core aligned interdisciplinary curriculum and encouraged her students to explore the world around them through collaborative inquiry. She currently serves as the school’s ESL/Bilingual Coordinator responsible for monitoring student progress, coordinating ESL testing, curating edtech tools for ELLs and supporting staff in the implementation of ESL strategies to best meet the needs of the English Language Learner population.
You will often find Monica enjoying time outdoors with her family, reading and playing games with her two young children. During her free time she also loves sharing tid-bits about her digital lifestyle as a way to inspire families to use tech through her blog/website NYCTechMommy.com
Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Queens College and a Master of Science in Education Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. John’s University.