Where did you grow up and what was your first language?
I grew up in The Bronx and my first language was English.
What from your hometown do you wish you could find in New York City?
My family is from Borikén (Puerto Rico). Growing up, I used to stay there every summer. My Grandparents' town of Cabo Rojo is very different from NYC. I would love to bring back the mountains, coquis, quenepas and limber. Coquis are little singing frogs that are native to Puerto Rico. Quenepas are small green fruits with an orange inside. Limber is a Boricua style ice cream, which essentially is frozen fruit in a plastic cup. Generally, it is made and sold locally from someone’s home.
Where did you go to college?
I went to SUNY Oneonta.
What was your favorite book in middle school?
In middle school, my favorite book was “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” by Tupac Shakur.
What is the best part of teaching at Hamilton Grange?
The best part of teaching at Hamilton Grange is the high level of care that staff provides for students. The students themselves are remarkable. Incredibly engaged, highly expressive, respectful, and eager to learn. The school’s culture at Hamilton Grange makes it an ideal environment to teach and uplift the next generation.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not teaching?
When I am not teaching, my favorite thing to do is create music.
What is your favorite quote?
"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering." - Bruce Lee