Pete DeCandia

Founder & CEO

Favorite Teacher Moment

In December of my first year teaching when my students finally figured out my first name and one day after lunch I come back to my classroom to “Peter” written hundreds of times on all of my white boards and blackboards.


Julie Oxenhandler

Teacher Community Director

Favorite Teacher Moment

Being a teacher has a lot of ups and downs. One of my least favorite parts of the job is running detention. One day I brought my lunch with me to detention.  Kids eyes got wider and wider as I ate bell peppers, snap peas, and spinach. Finally one of my boldest kids, made an even bolder move. Hey, Ms. Ox, he said if I eat that green stuff can I leave early? I never loved this kid more. 6 bites of my salad later, we both left detention early. Best decision. For the rest of the year  that student often ate part of my lunch or at least gave whatever “green stuff” I had a try.


Antonella Perez-Ferraro

Assistant to the CEO

Favorite Teacher Moment

Throughout my time as a student, I was fortune to have learned from a variety of great educators. One of my favorite teachers though was my English 101 professor in college. She challenged me to expand my horizons, supported me along my journey, and always welcomed me with open ears during office hours. The best part? She let me write my final paper on Harry Potter! Best. Teacher. Ever. 


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Olufemi Osun

Teacher Community Coordinator

Favorite Teacher Moment

When teaching I used to snack a lot - like A LOT in my class! Mostly chocolates, but one snack time I decided to bring in a bag of Cuties, the small tangerines. My students didn't know what Cuties were and they had a ton of questions. Mainly they wanted to know if they could each get a Cutie since they could see that I had enough for each of them. However I turned it into a game, stating that only students who won the "silent" game and completed their worksheet by the end of class could get one. I've never had a class be so silent with so many completed papers - all which were correct too! Needless to say Cuties made more frequent appearances in my class.