Where did you grow up and what was your first language?
I’m from the Bronx born & raised! To be specific, I am from Soundview. My first language is English, but I do speak Spanish.
What from your hometown do you wish you could find in New York City?
My hometown is NYC and there’s no place like it. But when I go to other states I always miss having a bodega nearby.
Where did you go to college?
I went to The City College of New York for my Bachelor’s in English Literature and then to St. John’s University for my Master’s in English Education.
What was your favorite book in middle school?
Middle school was where I discovered one of my favorite authors, Sandra Cisneros. I read her anthology Woman Hollering Creek cover to cover. As a teacher I love using her short stories in my lessons. I also loved reading any non-fiction books about Ancient Egypt.
What is the best part of teaching at Hamilton Grange?
This will be my first year at HG so I will soon find out :)
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not teaching?
My favorite things to do when I’m not teaching are traveling, exploring NYC, cooking, reading, writing, using tarot cards and most recently wedding planning.
What is your favorite quote?
“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” -Paulo Coelho (from The Alchemist)