My name is Rena Machado. I am an elementary school teacher. In 2011, I graduated from Touro College with a Bachelors in Psychology and majored in education. I am currently pursuing my Masters in childhood education. I am excited to be a part of the BSNBCS family. I consider myself the “guide on the side” and allow my students to explore and make their own conclusions. I believe that children learn best by doing, rather than me simply ‘telling’ them. The experiences mean more to the students when they’ve made the connections and conclusions on their own; what they’ve learned is more likely to be retained if they’ve learned it on their own.