Yuderka Valdez


Where did you grow up and what was your first language?

I was born in the Dominican Republic and came to New York City when I was 5 years old. I grew up in Washington Heights.

What from your hometown do you wish you could find in New York City?

I am a New York City girl, so I am not missing anything!


Where did you go to college?

I started my college career at Manhattan College. I am currently working on my Masters of Science in Education with Long Island University at their Brooklyn Campus.

What was your favorite book in middle school?

There are many books I like, but I would say my favorite in Middle School was The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.


What is the best part of teaching at Hamilton Grange?

Great question, but since it is my first year at Hamilton Grange, I will get back to you on this one!! 

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not teaching?

I love to listen to music!

What is your favorite quote?

There are many quotes that spark my mind. One of these is, "I must follow them, for I am their leader." Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin (1807–74)