Pamela Moreno-Paes


  • Title: Special Education / Computer Science Teacher
  • School / Organization: Community Health Academy of the Heights
  • Grade Level(s): 6-8th
  • Location: Middletown, New York
Pamela Moreno-Paes

I was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Washington Heights section of NYC. As the youngest of 4 and the only girl in my family, I often found myself looking up to my brothers who participated in every extracurricular activity possible. We were a family of athletes of all ages, with busy schedules and huge age gaps; However, one thing that always brought us together, regardless of age and schedules was The Legend of Zelda. Gaming has always been our favorite family pastime and I hope to continue to share the same passion with my students. I am a passionate Special Education teacher in the Big Apple who aspires to inspire her students in every way possible. As someone who has been teaching for over a decade, I have dedicated my time to forming relationships with my students and breaking down barriers that would hinder their social-emotional and academic growth. In my interactions with students, I work to demonstrate creativity along with proactive problem solving skills, particularly with regards to ensuring that students have spaces to explore and develop their own interests and passions.

Why did you become a NASEF Scholastic Fellow?

I wanted to connect my passion for gaming along with my dedication for education and change the narrative and perception people have about gaming.

What is your favorite game?

The Legend of Zelda complete franchise. Most specifically Majora's Mask. Something about Zelda does it for me like no other game. The art, storyline and the soundtrack are all just mesmerizing.