Originally from Long Island, New York, Chris Pombonyo has always had a passion for teaching and education. Chris is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Elementary Education with both Reading and ESOL Endorsements and is finishing his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
He is currently back teaching in Sanford, FL as a 3rd grade ELA teacher and instructional coach, after previously teaching in Harlem, NY. In 2017, Chris was named the 2017 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and overall District Teacher of the Year for his county. He has been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, on the cover of Lake Mary Life Magazine, and on WKMG News 6’s Getting Results in Our Schools Segment.
A former employee of the Walt Disney Company and host for Radio Disney, Chris understands the importance of engaging students and creating that “magic” in the classroom. Because of this, Chris was honored with Macy’s Magic of Teaching: Magic of Innovation Award for his innovation and engagement in the classroom.
When not teaching, Chris spreads his passion for education to teachers by presenting at both local and national conferences and providing professional development to schools and districts throughout the country. Chris is a proud presenter for the Get Your Teach On conference and the host of the GYTO LIVE! series. Follow Chris on social media at @ChrisPombonyo or at Chris Pombonyo: Live In the Classroom on Facebook.