Improving Skills in Teaching and Mentoring

Thursday, February 20th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm (ET)


Location: Salomon room 001

Audience will learn best practices for academic tutoring and mentoring from current and former teachers. The audience will learn ways to
appropriately deliver high quality tutoring and mentoring to students in the Providence community. This workshop intends to provide undergraduates with the skills to effectively serve in educational setting. Students will practice lesson planning and learn new skills in facilitation skills. 

Guest Panelists & Presenters:

Melinda Lopez 
Melinda Lopez was born and raised in New York City. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and her Teacher Certification from Roger Williams University. She has been an educator since 1994 - working in both early childhood, elementary and higher education settings. For over 10 years she has been designing and facilitating professional development for adults. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Rhode Island College and a Latina Leadership Institute graduate. In 2019 she was appointed the new Director of the RI Latina Leadership Institute, became a Board Member at Brown Fox Point Early Childhood Center and announced her candidacy for RI State Representative. She completed National Training in Washington, DC from Emerge America. If Melinda wins she will become the first Puerto Rican to serve in Rhode Island’s General Assembly. She lives in Johnston  with her partner Francisco, her sons Joseph (14) and Jaxon (20), and their dog Jake.

Simona Simpson
Simona is the Director of Multiple Pathways for the Providence Public School District. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Multiple Pathways and ELA curriculum coach at the Highlander Charter School, where she taught for over twelve years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in History from Howard University and her Masters Degree in Teaching from Brown University. She is an invested, passionate, and caring educator who believes that all children can learn and succeed.

Lindsay Paiva 
Lindsay uses she/her/hers pronouns. Lindsay Paiva is a native Rhode Islander who is currently teaching third grade ESL at Webster Avenue Elementary School in Providence, RI. She has been an ESL teacher in public schools for the past four years. Lindsay is a 2012 graduate of Connecticut College where she studied English, Italian, Elementary Education, and Public Policy and Community Action. After graduation, she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Florence, Italy where she studied a youth unemployment program and wrote and published a book of short stories about program participants. Lindsay spent the next two years as the Special Projects Coordinator at Breakthrough Providence, designing and managing a professional development program for Providence teachers and building out Breakthrough's social justice curriculum. She is a 2019 graduate of Rhode Island College where she recently completed an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education.

Christian Martinez
Christian uses he/him/his pronouns. He has been a high school math teacher for 5 years in PPSD. As a PPSD graduate he uses his experience/perspective as a PPSD student in the classrooms he teaches in. Christian currently teaches at Algebra 1 at 360 High School and previously taught at Alvarez High School for four years.

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