Peace & Development Education Projects

Disease Prevention & Treatment

Hired by Patronato Pro Niños Working in communities of San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico I was involved to two projects: Health posters and comics and enhancing the dental health education program. Poster/Comic Project: With my team, I created a story line based on changing attitudes and behaviors on three health topics: hand washing, sneezing, and tooth brushing. I developed an accompanying curriculum for classroom teacher use and collected pre and post data at a pilot school. Dental Health Education Program: With the input of the director and dentists, I enhanced their dental education program for both parents and children and trained the dentists on its delivery.
At the pilot school, the primary school coordinator reported significant behavioral changes after the class on hand washing and sneezing. Children were observed asking to wash their hands after sneezing and washing their hands for 20 seconds after the class. PPN

Water & Sanitation

Hired by Rotary Midday Club of San Miguel de Allende Working with communities around Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico. As part of a Rotary International Global Grant received by Rotary Midday of San Miguel de Allende, I was hired to develop a 6-module education program to compliment their community cistern building program. With input from Rotarians and their local partner, CEDESA (Centro de Desarrollo Agropecuario – Farming Development Center), I also helped develop accompanying materials and a training session for their promoters.
The lead Rotarian on the project commented that: The most significant result of the new program is the way that the education program serves to energize the project beneficiaries as they are preparing to self-construct their water harvesting cisterns. I have both observed the program as it is being presented and also interviewed many persons after the program. They now fully understand the water crisis and how to differentiate between the various elements of the problem. They are now prepared to take the extra steps to maximize the potential of their cisterns through safe water practices and disinfection techniques.

Basic Education & Literacy

Hired by Rotary Midday Club of San Miguel de Allende Working in San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico I was hired to conduct the Monitoring and Evaluation of the grant and create the Outreach program for finding more students in collaboration with the local staff at Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende (Special Education School).
We have fortified the school’s partnerships with other local NGOs and governmental organizations. We have updated its marketing tools and have more media attention. We hosted a well-attended open house which attracted great interest from local government officials and NGO presidents.

Peace and the Environment

Hired by Audubon México Working in San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico I will work to improve the current environmental education program for elementary school children, making it creative and dynamic with clear learning objectives and big results. This involves reworking the program, creating a curriculum for future expansion into more grades, and facilitator training.
This project has just begun. We expect amazing results! Audubon Mexico

Bilingual Education

Hired by Colegio Cargolet Working in Celaya, Central Mexico I have worked closely with the school’s director for nearly 6 years to develop a long-term plan for on-going teacher training as she grows her school by one grade each year. This plan includes developing and conducting 3 to 4 teacher training workshops per year, mentoring and evaluating English teachers, creating year-long lessons based on selected textbooks and project-based learning philosophy and building the school’s library.
As a result of the workshops, teachers have improved substantially in the areas of lesson planning, positive discipline, using games, poetry and songs, storytelling, use of classroom libraries, and authentic reading and writing lessons. Colegio Cargolet

Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution

Hired by the Children’s World Peace Organization Working in Mexico with facilitators in Nepal and Kenya After I worked full-time as the Education Coordinator for the CWPO, I was contracted to work as a consultant for curriculum and lesson development. I created three more years of curriculum and full-year lesson activities and enhanced the existing lessons. I also trained the Mexican staff on the new curriculum.
Results as reported by classroom teachers:
Increased attendance Improved listening skills Resolution of long-standing conflict Improved quality of family life Decreased teacher turnover More parent participation in child’s education logo

Bilingual Special Education

Hired by INVA Working in San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico I worked weekly with a 5th grade Mexican girl with Down’s Syndrome in order to be to make recommendations and accommodations for her in her English language classes in a bilingual school. I wrote accommodation guides to accompany her class textbook so that she could be integrated as much as possible into class activities and learn as much English as possible at her level.
A special tutor was hired to carry out the accommodations which resulted in greater integration into the classroom. logo

English as a Foreign Language

Hired by English Language Programs Working in Amman, Jordan I was hired as an English Language Specialist to collaborate with the English Team at Queen Rania Teacher Academy to design a 3-part Reading and Phonics program for both teacher trainers and teacher trainees complete with manuals and lesson guides. This project was carried out in two phases. During Phase One, I met with ELP and QRTA staff in Jordan to establish goals and objectives and conduct trainings. I then created the materials for the program based on these agreements. For Phase Two, I returned to QRTA to present my work to the staff and to participants at the Teacher Skills Forum, an international conference of educators from the Arab world. I also participated in direct teacher training with the staff and conducted classroom observations.
The English Team at QRTA was very pleased with the program I created. They give it their approval and will present to the Jordanian Ministry of Education to await final approval. The Early Literacy Program should be implemented by the spring of 2018.

English as a Foreign Language and Special Education

Hired by English Language Programs Working in Medellin, Colombia This fellowship with English Language Programs that will be completed between August, 2017 and June, 2018. I will be working with the Centro Colombo Americano on a program for learning disabilities for both teachers and students. I will be designing and conducting teacher training modules on this subject as well as self-study programs for students who have different ways of learning. I will also be working with the early childhood program staff to enhanced the program where needed. I am very excited to be working through the US Department of State with their partners in Colombia.
I will share results with you as soon as I am able.  

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Hired by... Working in Puebla, Mexico I accepted the position as a workshop presenter at the 1er Encuentro Nacional Un México Más Fuerte: Pilares de Paz Positiva (First National Meeting for a Stronger Mexico: Pillars of Positive Peace) which aimed to use Rotary Peace Fellow alumni to teach 300 youth from all over Mexico about positive peace in collaboration with Rotary International and the Institute of Economics and Peace. I created and presented, along with my co-facilitator, 3 2-hour workshops on two pillars of positive peace in alignment with my work: Accepting the Rights of Others and Good Relations with Neighbors. We were involved in several planning meetings before the event.
We met all of the specific objectives set out for the workshops. A professional Monitoring and Evaluation expert is collecting data on the attendees and will make the report available shortly.