Name of College(s) and Degrees Held: Lehman College ’19- BA- English
Current Job: English teacher in the Bronx
What are your hopes for the future? To speak to young people around the country about the importance of their mental health
What message would you like to give to current MVCSD students? Your dream exists for a reason, never give up on it.
What has been your proudest achievement? A 2-book deal with HarperCollins
Was there a class or club that influenced your career path? There were several teachers who encouraged me to immerse myself into reading fundamentally, which further sparked my desire to become a writer. My 2nd grade teacher at Graham Elementary gave me my first chapter book. There, the media teacher, Guy Gerace, hosted Accelerated Reader competitions every year with a day-long awards ceremony. At AB Davis Middle School (now STEAM) my 7th grade ELA teacher (Mrs. Oliver) had the best classroom library, ever and also had us memorizing/reciting poems every week. In high school (MVHS), I took a journalism class where the teacher would let me recite my own poetry weekly because he knew I was passionate about it.