I was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to New York with my family as a child. I attended Hunter College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. I later earned a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
I taught both English and Spanish at the Middle Country School District from 1969-1990, with some years off for childcare. I was part of Middle Country’s first experimental interdisciplinary teaching team and won multiple honors from Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
In 1990, the Three Village School District recruited me to teach Advanced Placement Spanish at Ward Melville High School. During my tenure at Three Village, I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, The Artist as Witness of His Time, where I continued my interdisciplinary studies.
I retired in 2002 after chairing the Department of Foreign Languages. The two school districts cover a large portion of CD-1 and serve diverse constituencies, giving me great understanding of diverse populations in the district.
I was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature on January 19, 1999, in a special election. I served as a legislator for 13 years and as Deputy Presiding Officer for 6 years, focusing on social justice and environmental protection.
After leaving the legislature due to term limits, I served on a number of boards including The Suffolk County Food Policy Council, which I created, and Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s C3 and C4 boards.
– Vivian Viloria-Fisher