Title: Career Technical Education Teacher
Company: New York City Department of Education
Location: Westbury, New York, United States
Luna Ramirez, Career Technical Education Teacher at New York City Department of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in computer and technology education.
Originally hailing from Venezuela, Ms. Ramirez obtained an Associate in Applied Science in computer engineering technology from Queensborough Community College in 2004 and followed with a Bachelor of Science in career technology education from CUNY New York City College of Technology in 2007. She continued her education with a Master Advanced Certification in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Education, New York Institute of Technology in 2013.
Following her passion for the design and evolution of technology and engineering led Ms. Ramirez to become an instructor in career technical education (CTE), in which she has excelled since 2008 with Information Technology High School in Astoria, Queens and since 2020 with Thomas Edison CTE High School in Jamaica, Queens. In addition, she has provided superior education as an adjunct professor, Queensborough Community College in Bayside since 2011. In addition, she has flourished as a technology coordinator with the NYC DOE Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program (LEAP from 2011 to 2015.
Ms. Ramirez has received numerous honors for her dedication to educating the next generation of young adults in computer science that include the 2020 NCWIT AiC Educator Award, the 2020 G4C Leadership Award, the MƒA 2019 Master Teacher Fellowship Award and ISTE 2019 Scholarship, as well as the 2018 Stanley Schair CTE Teacher Award for Excellence and Innovation, the MCU Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year Award, and the Code Interactive #DiversityInTech teacher achievement award in 2017.
Ms. Ramirez attributes her success to the fact that when she was a child, she never thought that she would be able to graduate from high school or learn any skills due to dyslexia, and it really motivated her to teach people that it can be done. As a career highlight, she cites receiving news from former students that they are involved in computer science careers and that they are very successful in their careers because of what they learned from her class. Ms. Ramirez’s goal in the coming years is to launch her own free online curriculum for people to access it in Spanish. She also wants to continue teaching and making a difference in public education.
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