Hometown: New York, NY
Education: Health Science Informatics, Stony Brook University
James grew up in the Elliot Housing projects in Chelsea, Manhattan. He was raised by immigrant parents who unfortunately didn’t receive an education beyond high school. His parents endeavored for their children to pursue education. Now, he is the second in his family to attend and graduate from college. He received a Bachelor’s in Health Science from SUNY Stony Brook. Growing up, he was fortunate enough to have mentors and teachers show him the usefulness of an education. Through these relationships, he has realized how one’s mentors and teachers can create a lifetime of curiosity. His curiosity for learning became a building block for passion for education. He began teaching kids in his church and he quickly learned that a big part of teaching is patience with persistence. Now, he is ready for the next big step and is excited to be a part of Blue Engine and its partners.