B.A. in Economics and International Relations, Boston University; M.S. Elementary Education, Mercy College. Brenda entered the field of education through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program in 2004. She has completed her fifth year of teaching a bilingual third grade class as well as her leadership internship at Public School 9 in Bronx, NY. Her emphasis has been working with the English language learner population through both ESL and Bilingual education methodology and providing the team of ESL and Bilingual teachers with professional development. She has been actively involved on the School Leadership Team, Inquiry Team, Activity Committee, and has worked in an effort to increase parent involvement in her school community.