Holden Dante Melo Contreras
My name is Holden Dante Melo Contreras and I am incredibly excited to be part of NYU’s 2020-2021 teacher residency cohort! I am from the west end of New Rochelle, New York and hold a Bachelors of Arts in political science from Binghamton University. While my main goal is to eventually become an advanced placement United States history teacher, on my off days I thoroughly enjoy boxing and watching classical movies. I take a great deal of pride in my Portuguese and Puerto Rican heritage, having traveled to both Lisbon and San Juan during my lifetime. If I could have dinner with any historical figure, it would be Malcolm X.
What about the residency are you most looking forward to?
The aspect of the residency I am most looking forward to is building lasting relationships with students and helping young minds develop into free thinkers.
Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?
My high school African-American history teacher Dr. Reginald Richardson was one of the most influential figures in my academic development. While he was also the principal, he took 45 minutes per day to teach a personally curated curriculum around the topic of African-American history. his attention to detail and dedication to the subject matter always inspired me.