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Patricia was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, where she learned to swim in the waves, going to the beach every weekend with friends and family. While she did not take formal swimming lessons until she was nine, Patricia was soon a member of her local team -- Club Deportivo Naco -- and competed at meets through the DR into her teenage years. In 2014, she moved to the United States to finish her Junior and Senior years of high school. Patricia got her first taste of teaching on weekends -- instructing dance classes for children every Saturday. She found she loved working with kids, and she turned that passion for early education to the water. In 2020, Patricia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from New Jersey City University.