I was born in Queens, New York in 1964. I attended Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York, and later attended Fordham University in the Bronx, New York on a tennis scholarship. I’m married to Dick Stockton and together we have 4 kids and 3 dogs: Sarah, Cole, J.R. and Spencer; the dogs being, Cody, Floyd and Daisy Mae. I have two adorable nephews and nieces: P.J., Matthew, Malia and Noalani.
I’ve been teaching tennis since I was 14, helping in my dad’s junior programs every summer. I’ve taught at the Bronxville Field Club, Bronxville, NY, Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY, Manursing Island Club, Rye, New York, T Bar M Racquet Club, Dallas, Texas, The Ritz Carlton, Jupiter, Florida, Village of Wellington Tennis Center, Wellington, Florida, The Tennis Club of the Palm Beaches, (K.A.P.T.A. junior tennis program), West Palm Beach, Florida.
Interestingly enough, I’m married to a former professional tennis player, my father is a pro, my mother is a pro and my uncle was a professional tennis player as well. Of course, none of our kids plays tennis (field hockey, guitar, baseball and baseball….go figure).
I am a baseball fanatic, and you can force me to watch football, hockey and sometimes golf. I would rather hang out with dogs than anyone else, and I will always brake for turtles and any other animals blindly crossing a street. I speak Portuguese and passable Spanish. My favorite shot is my backhand, my worst is my overhead. My tennis idols are Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver, but my most favorite player and the one that I admire the most is my husband, Dick Stockton. My dad, Jaime de Carvalho has shaped me not only as a player, but as a pro as well. He is the gold standard by which I judge all other teaching pros. My mom, Dawn de Carvalho has taught me what “being competitive” really means. My best friend is my sister Joy Scalisi. My kids, JR and Spencer humble me every day and remind me why Pinot Grigio is such a life-saver….haha! Without these people, I would not have accomplished anything that I have in my life.