People

Our extended team of Directors, Capacity Builders, and Facilitators are integral to the support and expansion of Pre-Texts. Their dedication, range of experiences, creativity, and passion for improving education practices continue to broaden and improve Pre-Texts as an effective approach to teaching.



Core Team

Pre-Texts is a teacher-training program developed by Doris Sommer, the Faculty Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative and Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies. The Cultural Agents Initiative oversees Pre-Texts programs to foster the integration of the arts in education.

The Core Team, the Pre-Texts Advisory Board and an extended network of collaborators consist of educators, administrators of arts nonprofits, artists, designers, scholars, and others interested in using art as a vehicle for learning and social change.

Doris Sommer

Founder, Capacity Builder, Boston

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Administrator, Capacity Builder, Boston

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Jose Falconi

Director, Boston

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Projects for Africa, Capacity Builder, Boston

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Patricia González

Capacity Builder

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Capacity Builder

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Advisory Board 

  • Doris Sommer
  • James P. Ito-Adler
  • Nomeda Urbonas
  • Gediminas Urbonas
  • Elsa Mosquera, Fundraising and Capacity Builder, Boston
  • Marcela Davison Aviles
  • Digna Scott
  • Pedro Reyes, Capacity Builder, Mexico City
  • Carla Fernandez
  • Alvaro Arzamendi
  • Clara R. Schejtman
  • Gaston Abello
  • Santiago Montoya

Coordinators (Tejedores – Weavers)

Our Coordinators, or “weavers,” are instrumental in maintaining good practices, supporting teachers as they train to become certified as Facilitators and Capacity Builders, and overseeing the expansion of Pre-Texts in local program sites. These Coordinators maintain contact with the Boston-based Team and serve as the main contacts and coaches for those training to become Pre-Texts Facilitators and Capacity Builders.

Voroca Davila, Coordinator, Coahuila, Mexico

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Trecia Reavis, Shenzhen, China

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Juliana Porto, Brazil

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Javier Suárez, Perú

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Victoria Eugenia Mena Rodríquez, Colombia

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Andrés Sanín, Colombia

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Maria Paz Dominquez, Chile

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Margarita Vannini, Nicaragua

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Gabriela Poma,

El Salvador

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Lilia Garelli
Chalco, Mexico, Mano Amiga
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Hortencia Chávez, México

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Pilar Vicuña
Pilar Vicuña
NYC

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Certified Facilitators and Capacity Builders

Certified Facilitators are those who have participated in a Pre-Texts workshop and demonstrated 15 hours of effective implementation of Pre-Texts in the classroom, which has been documented and reviewed by our Capacity Builders and core team.

These Certified Facilitators represent a growing group of teachers committed to using Pre-Texts in their classrooms and helping to expand the use of this approach in their local communities. Some Certified Facilitators may, if deemed ready, also lead Pre-Texts workshops locally under the guidance of our Capacity Builders.

Capacity Builders are those trained as Pre-Texts master facilitators. Capacity Builders are certified to lead Pre-Texts workshops and to serve as consultants, aiding in the expansion and support of Pre-Texts as a sustainable teaching practice. While facilitating is meant to be replicable, this group of Capacity Builders is a notable, constant extension of our team. Their creativity and passion for rigorous and dynamic education practices fuel workshops and supporting activities. They have helped to implement Pre-Texts on Harvard’s campus, in the Boston Public Schools, and in international locales ranging from China to Mexico to Zimbabwe.

For lists of our Certified Facilitators and Capacity Builders for all sites outside of Boston, please visit the site’s workshop page.

Capacity Builders in Boston

  • Francesca Bewer
  • Jerónimo Duarte Riascos
  • Amy Fish
  • Adriana Gutiérrez
  • Elena Fratto
  • Cristina García Navas
  • Obed Lira
  • Juliana Porto
  • Eileen de los Reyes
  • Javier Suárez
  • Pedro Reina-Pérez
  • Paul Tritter
  • Pilar Vicuña
  • Corinne Zimmermann

 

 

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