My name is Claudia Bedoya, and I am a teacher at J.J. Pickle Elementary in Austin, Texas. During the 2007-2008 I was lucky to be in the right place at the right moment to be able to participate in the Intel Teach Essentials Course. This course immediately appealed to me because I have always been interested in technology but had not been able to figure out how to use it in my classroom.
I have a degree in Management Information Systems, but soon after getting my degree I decided to become a teacher so I could spend more time with my two-year-old son and be better prepared to help him when he went to school. I have always loved kids so it seemed natural to go in that direction.
I was born and raised in Bolivia. My family moved to Austin, Texas when I was 18 years old. Adjusting to our new home was not easy, not only was it a different place, but also a completely different culture with a different language. This experience is always present in my mind and affects my everyday teaching in the elementary school since all my students are English Language Learners, just like me.