Mauricio grew up in Hamilton Heights, NYC after his mother immigrated from The Dominican Republic. He went to P.S. 161 Elementary followed by Louis D. Brandeis H.S. where he excelled in subjects like Math and Science. He attended The City College of New York, majoring in Biology and Psychology. Yet after graduating, he held a summer job teaching math at a Brooklyn program for high school dropouts. Mauricio enjoyed teaching math so much, he remained in this career till today, later obtaining a Masters degree at Buffalo State College. He has taught at International Schools, mostly at St. Michael's School in the Dominican Republic, as well as a few years in pubic schools in NY and Fl. Presently, he teaches mathematics at the high school level at Windermere Preparatory School in Florida.