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Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

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Melissa Despina Fragiadaki began her career as a Kindergarten / first grade teacher. After seeing the positive impact that educational technology had on her students’ literacy skills, she decided study Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University Teachers College. 

Since earning her master’s degree, Melissa has worked as an educational consultant / teacher trainer, robotics and Scratch teacher, First LEGO League (FLL) coach and as the technology teacher at a private school in Brooklyn (grades Kindergarten – eighth). 

As a technology teacher, one of Melissa’s biggest goals is to show students that when it comes to technology, they should not be afraid to create rather than consume. She believes strongly that all students can draw on their individual strengths to become successful coders, and is always looking for ways to encourage more girls to get involved in STEM / STEAM. 

Melissa can’t decide which part of her career she loves best – watching children develop a passion for reading, or seeing the look on children’s faces when they discover that a line of code they’ve written has the power to make “magic" happen.