Mr. Blanco was born and raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood in uptown Manhattan. It was his experience in the New York City public school system that led him to becoming an educator. He attended Lehman college where he majored in History and is receiving his masters degree in Bilingual Special Education from City College. In his first year at Celia Cruz, Mr Blanco has become fond of working with his students in global history and educational resources. Aside from teaching, Mr. Blanco is a huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the t.v show The Office.