Growing up in northern New Jersey, in the shadows of Manhattan, Desiree discovered her passion for learning and culture at a young age. With endless sights and attractions in her backyard, she would often find herself lost in one of the many museums or historical landmarks New York has to offer. Her thirst for knowledge is something she still carries today and has since developed into her desire to teach and share with others. Desiree received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Certification of Elementary Education at William Paterson University. After graduating, she worked closely with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders, teaching academics as well as life skills for 3 years, before moving to sunny San Diego. Desiree began her career at HTe Chula Vista in 2014, working with the 2nd Grade team as an academic coach. She stayed on to open HTe in Point Loma where she worked with the 2nd grade team for the first trimester and moved on to teach 5th Grade for the second and third trimesters. She then moved on to teach 2nd grade for the past three years. Desiree is beyond excited to be back at HTe Chula Vista as a 5th grade teacher this year. When she is not teaching, Desiree enjoys spending time with her two young daughters, catching up on a good book, or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the New York Mets.