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Chris Pombonyo

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.

Formerly known for his blog Famous in First, having previously taught First Grade, Chris currently teaches Fourth Grade in Lake Mary, Florida. He holds numerous leadership roles within his school and district and was recently named the 2017 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and overall District Teacher of the Year for his county. Chris 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. This summer, 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 throughout the county through presenting at both local and national conferences and providing professional development to schools and districts throughout the country. He is the host of the YouTube Channel Chris Pombonyo: Live in the Classroom and has been featured on the iTeach TV Network for his show Lights! Camera! Teach!. Chris is proud to work with and be an ambassador for a number of companies including ClassFlow, ESGI, and SitSpots.

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