September 18, 2021
I was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and came to Milwaukee when I was a baby. I attended Cass Street School and Lincoln Jr. High School in the eastern part of Milwaukee. I spent my high school years at Riverside High School where I studied Spanish to learn how to speak and write it fluently. Due to my Puerto Rican heritage, I got heavily involved in the church in my region, Saint Francis of Assisi, where I became a member of the Spanish choir. I participated in the Iberian Spanish Dancers, a local dance troupe. During my college years at Marquette University, I learned to play the guitar and became the director of the Spanish choir and the newly formed youth choir, consisting of gospel, folk and music. Spanish liturgical music. I spent a year in Madrid, Spain, studying Spanish literature.
As a Spanish teacher at Riverside University High School, I taught in the bilingual education program for ten years because I felt the need to help Latino students adopt their own language. I helped create and co-lead a Hispanic dance troupe in high school, sharing dances from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Spain, which ultimately led to me being given the job of theater director. During a sabbatical, I studied Spanish literature and returned to MPS as a supervisor, responsible for opening the Lincoln Center Middle School of the Arts. This led to assistant principal positions at several MPS schools until my retirement in 2011 and eventually my opening of Inspiration Studios, an art gallery and performance venue that featured art exhibitions and shows. performances by many non-Latino and Latino artists, including flamenco dancers and musicians.