Ashley Merced, a Chicago area native, worked in Chicago Public Schools for two years and is currently teaching at a private school in the city. This is her ninth year teaching. Ashley holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education as well as a master's degree in reading/special education from DePaul University. She has always been interested in technology and has been lucky enough to have participated in many professional development opportunities as well as been given the chance to be a leader in technology at her school. Her technology-rich environment has given her the freedom to dive even deeper into her enthusiasm and exploration when integrating technology into her classroom.