Deborah Escobar is a teacher of gifted and talented in the State of New York. She is an expert on using primary sources and technology in the classroom and has been honored with state and national awards and grants for their use. Escobar is an avid writer, and has created both print and Web-based curriculum for the New York State Archives and New York State Museum. As a teacher, she has been involved in National History Day competition for the past dozen years, and her students have won many state and national awards for their documentaries. She feels that students who have participated in creating a documentary learn lifelong skills in technology, critical thinking, analysis, and research that have far-reaching educational benefits.