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Joao Moderno

Where did you grow up and what was your first language?

I grew up in Sao Paulo City, Brazil. My first language was Portuguese.

What from your hometown do you wish you could find in New York City?

Sao Paulo City is very similar to New York City. I can find many things from my hometown in NYC. I wish, however, that I see my family and some friends more often.

Where did you go to college?

UNIBERO (Centro Universitario Ibero-Amercano), City College of New York, NYU.

What was your favorite book in middle school?

Meu Pé de Laranja Lima by Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos


What is the best part of teaching at Hamilton Grange?

Meeting students from other cultures

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not teaching?

I like swimming, reading books, playing music at home (DJing), watching or reading the news about the U.S.A and Brazil, and spending time with my family and friends here in America.

What is your favorite quote?

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all." - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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