Clara was born and raised on Staten Island, New York. She has been a competitive figure skater since she was 11 years old. She found her love for teaching through coaching figure skating and swimming. She received her undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education at the University of Delaware. Passionate about teaching elementary students, Clara came back to New York after college to pursue her graduate degree in Childhood Education at Hunter College. At Hunter Elementary School, she taught both kindergarten and fourth grade students. Clara still coaches figure skating on the weekends and loves to relax by practicing yoga, going to the beach or spending time with friends.