I grew up in the Washington Heights community and I’m very proud to be the principal of High School for Health Careers and Sciences. I’ve worked hard to develop a unique collaborative culture that brings out the best in staff, students, and parents. Our mission is to be a high school that fosters this sense of community amongst all constituents. Our students develop a sense of self-esteem and respect for themselves and others. Through a diverse and challenging curriculum, focusing on science, we cultivate student interest in various science and health professions. We provide a quality education and experiences that prepare our students to develop the academic, social and personal qualities necessary to realize their fullest potential as life-long learners and productive, caring citizens of the world.
I am one of the founders of the High School for Health Careers and Sciences and a former Biology teacher at the High School for Health Careers and Sciences. I currently supervise the Science, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Health and Guidance Departments. Additionally, I supervise the senior class and work in collaboration with the senior Guidance Counselor in all senior activities. I have been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration. I am also a former member of the Cahn Fellow Program at Columbia University.
I am a dual certified English and Theatre teacher who has worked for the DOE since 2003. Over my tenure, I have taught all grade levels from 6th-12th. I am currently in my 6th year as an AP for the Humanities, Arts and CTE programs. I hold two Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Theatre Arts (one in performance and one in theatrical design) and a Master of Science in Secondary Education, specializing in English from Hofstra University. I also have Post-Graduate Certificates in School Building and District Level Administration from the College of St. Rose. Outside of the DOE, I work freelance as an actor, producer and director in the NYC Theatre Community.
As a first-generation Latina-American, I understand the challenges many students, parents and teachers face, and have learned that building mutually respectful and supportive relationships with students, parents and school teams based on trust, communication, and a shared vision is key. My decision to become an assistant principal was inspired by the students, parents and educators I have worked with, and my belief in the transformative power of education.
I have worked in many capacities as an educator: a bilingual Special Education teacher specializing in literacy, ESL teacher, School Cabinet / Inquiry Team / Data Team / Curriculum Development Team member, ELA/10th Grade Team and Special Education Lead and Coach, Teacher Mentor, Adjunct Professor at the City College of New York and Hunter College, and presenter of teacher/parent workshops. I have taught all the core subjects, as well as graduate and methodology courses. I was a New York City Teaching Fellow (2010-2014) and New York Urban League Bethune Fellow (2016-2017), which helped me understand how literacy, language, and education affects familial, educational, societal, and economic realities and inequities relating to minorities, marginalized, and economically disadvantaged populations.