English and College & Career Advising
Born to Filipino immigrants, I grew up in Queens, New York. As a student, I didn’t always enjoy school, but I always loved a good story. It was this love that compelled me to major in English literature in college. I earned my BA in English from Queens College and my MA in English Education from City College (both are campuses of the City University of New York). As a middle school teacher in the Bronx, I taught 6th grade social studies for five years, and 7th and 8th grade English language arts for three. My wife and I moved to the Ithaca area in 2016, seeking more balance in our lives, and I have been working at New Roots ever since. I have genuinely valued my time with the New Roots community and am very much looking forward to teaching 11th grade English and the 9th and 10th grade College & Career Success seminars this year. Both reading and writing played instrumental roles in helping me navigate the turbulence of my early adulthood. As an educator, I seek to continue helping students discover those meaningful stories and discover and express their own individual voices as writers.