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My name is Elena Buttgereit, and I am just three courses shy of completing the CDIT program! I am hoping to finish the program this spring or summer.

I grew up the daughter of two teachers, so teaching has always been in my genes! In 2012, I graduated from SUNY Geneseo with my bachelor's in English Education with a concentration in creative writing. After graduation, I spent the next three years working as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Binghamton University where I was responsible for recruiting students and reviewing admissions applications. The job allowed me to travel all over the country visiting schools to speak to prospective students, and really helped me to hone my skills with presenting and counseling. Today, I'm working as a 1:1 aide in a special education classroom in Agawam, Massachusetts; but, I am still actively pursuing full-time work in the classroom as an English teacher! I am also working to become certified to teach Math grades 5-12 over the next few months.

In my spare time, I can generally be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes; I'm particularly fond of cupcakes! I also enjoy curling up with a good book, playing volleyball, and snuggling with my cat, Clementine.