Cathy Leogrande is an Associate Professor of Education at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She was a public school teacher, administrator, and staff developer for over 20 years before earning her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Curriculum & Instruction. Her research and teaching is focused on new literacies, Web 2.0 and participatory culture. She sees these areas as ways that we can build greater connections among peoples of the world. She is proud to say that Gabriel was her student at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She lives in Auburn, NY with her husband Joe, a retired teacher, and is the proud mom of two college students: Alexandra who attends Newhouse at Syracuse University, and Joey, who attends the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. All four member of the family have a large collection of HOPE teeshirts.