Cecilia Avila Young was born in Bogota, Colombia until her parents brought her here as a young girl. She has taught in the Central Islip School District since 1994 as an elementary teacher. She has an M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College; a B.S. Degree from Queens College and an Associate’s degree from New York Technical College. She has served as the Secretary of the Long Island Latino Teachers Association for the past eight years. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband Ed, and two children.