I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to New York City in 2004 looking for new opportunities after working as a teacher for two years back home. I have been teaching Physical Education at MLK Jr. High School for Law Advocacy and Community Justice for the past 10 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a major in Physical Education from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and a Master’s degree in Science with a major in Fitness from the California University of Pennsylvania.
I fell in love with sports when I was a kid and eventually participated in different teams playing baseball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, track and field, cross country and softball. My favorite sport is softball and it helped me get an education when I received a scholarship for it. I was part of Puerto Rico’s Softball National Team for many years and travel to different parts of the world representing my country.
I come from a family that has a long line of public service such as teachers, social workers, and politicians, professors, and doctors. I started working with kids when I was still a teenager helping out in different summer camps in the community. I decided to become a Physical Education to pursuit my passion for sports and teaching. I believe that we are here because of the students and for the students and that everyone should be treated with respect.