Carmen is a native South Floridian of Cuban decent and a product of Miami Dade County Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University then continued to Ball State University for a master’s in Technology Education. Upon attaining her degrees, she returned to the public school system as an educator for the past 24 years. She combined her love and knowledge for architecture, engineering and technology to share her skills with teens as well as adults. Her teaching has extended to inspiring educators within the NFTE and computer science community where she can be found giving classes on evenings, weekends and/or summer. She has collaborated with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) as a master educator for last 7 years and a facilitator for computer science through Code.org.
Carmen truly sees the need for broadening the academic classroom to attract teens to understand and embrace the need to gain the entrepreneurial mindset and computer science skills to prepare them as lifelong learners towards filling the gaps in our workforce.
Outside the classroom, Carmen had contributed to developing the first high school level AutoCAD curriculum, which had been distributed as part of the Autodesk Design Academy (ADA). She has also contributed to the educational realm as a consultant for Pearson Florida Teacher Certification Exam cohort to review the reading exam and develop the Technology Education Florida Teacher Certification Exam. Carmen had been a Florida Instructional Material Reviewer assessing and reviewing curriculum textbooks adoption for school year 2016-2017. Her latest consulting work was the Instructional Material Reviewer for NFTE Reviewing curriculum textbooks translation into Spanish version.
Carmen can be found on a soccer field cheering her boys or finding the perfect home for a family as a real estate agent when she is not working on curriculum/ professional development material for the academia community.