The Full Story
I was born in the Province of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic and am the third and only male of six siblings of Mr. and Mrs. Lara.
I began my career at the Ministry of Agricultural where I was in charge of Topography in the City of San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. It was there where I received a scholarship to participate in a post graduate program in Engineering and Land Surveying at the Inter American Geodetic Survey in Las Americas School in Fort Clayton, Panama. Here, I graduated with honor and distinction in 1986.
Thereafter, I moved to the United States of America where I had the opportunity to finish a Masters Degree in Science of Education at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. By 2003, I began working on my doctorate program at the Christian University in Paterson, New Jersey where I continued up until 2006 and completed three degrees: one in Church Administration, another in Ministry, and a final one in Theology.
I began a teaching career here in the United States soon after arriving. After having passed the New York State Education Department's Examination, among other requirements, I became a certified Mathematics, Bilingual Mathematics, and Special Education teacher. I have been teaching for the last 26+ years. During my tenure, I have served the school community as Dean of Affairs, Youth Development Coordinator, Youth Leadership Coordinator, as well as being a member of the School Executive Board, Chairing the School Leadership Program and as President of the School Executive Board.
Most recently, I became the fourth Bronx High Schools District Representative for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), where I was formerly known as a chapter leader. I also am a delegate for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), a National Delegate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and a member of the UFT Executive Board working for the New York City Department of Education for the last 26 years.
At a local level, I enjoy participating in a church as community Pastor for a church in Yonkers, NY, participating as a member of the Westchester County Clergy Organization, and as Executive Secretary of the Dominican United Pastors Association of the State of New York, among other organizations and associations.
Striving for NYC District 18th's success.
Committed to making a difference.
Work with community leaders, neighbors, and residents to build and strengthen our community in all areas including family core values, education, safety, healthcare, economy, small businesses, infrastructure, and more. This way, we're all succeeding and leveling up.