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.


Bobby Moore

Assistant to the CEO

Favorite Teacher Moment

My first week of teaching, I was in a hurry and rushed to school. Five minutes into class, a student in the back of the room abruptly yelled, "Hey Mr. Moore, what's going on with your shoes!?" Confused, I looked down to see my grey dress slacks and two dress shoes - one brown, one black. My students never forgot that moment for the rest of the year....


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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.