Poet, Actor, Community Organizer, and Performance Artist
Bio: Noel Quiñones is a Puerto Rican born and raised in the Bronx. He travels the country with his talk "Beyond the Black / White Binary: Exploring the Inner Ethnic Conflict of Latinidad", using his poetry to break open the binaries we impose on our identities. As a writer, he’s received fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Foundation, CantoMundo, Candor Arts, and SAFTA (Sundress Academy for the Arts). His work has been published in Kweli Journal, Rattle, Hot Metal Bridge, and the Latin American Review. As a performer, he’s featured at Lincoln Center, Harvard University, BAM, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the Honolulu Museum of Art to name a few. His performances have been showcased on Huffington Post, Tidal Music, Vibe, Latina Magazine, Medium, Remezcla, Univision, and elsewhere. Founder of Project X, a Bronx-based arts organization, and co-organizer of #PoetsforPuertoRico, Quiñones was recently named one of New York State’s "40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars" by The Hispanic Coalition and as a 2018 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow. Follow his journey at www.noelpquinones.com.
photo credit to Jeremy Rios.
Residential Faculty & READY Center Wellness Coordinator Emma Willard School
BIO: Evangeline Delgado is an educator at the Emma Willard School, a girls’ boarding school in Troy, New York. She is the READY Center Wellness Coordinator and a member of the Residential Faculty. Her work is dedicated to teaching students to make thoughtful and informed decisions for their health and their life. Evangeline also understands the experience of her boarding students. Originally from Montana, she attended high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, MA, graduating from the Writing & Publishing program. She then moved to New York City and graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in English Writing and Urban Education.
Affirming Pronouns: She, Her, Hers Lower School Principal School: LREI (Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School)
Elena Jaime has taught in early childhood and early elementary settings for the past seventeen years. She is passionate about her mission to develop "angelic troublemakers" in the school communities in which she works. Elena's work is grounded in the belief that young children are capable of developing a critical lens and can engage in reflection and action around anti-bias work. She is currently the Lower School Principal at LREI. Prior to LREI, she worked as a classroom teacher and leader in a variety of New York Independent schools, and was a founding teacher at a progressive charter school in the Bronx. Elena has presented at a number of local and national conferences, and has partnered with teachers across New York City as they work to examine the ways in which they can fully integrate equity work into early childhood curriculums. Elena is also a trainer for Center for Racial Justice in Education (formerly Border Crossers), an organization that trains and equips educators to be leaders of racial justice in their schools and communities. She is also a founding member of the CARLE Institute (Critical Analysis of Race and Learning in Education), an institute designed to provide white faculty members in independent schools with the necessary historical framework, interpersonal skills, and curriculum development strategies they need to teach a diverse student body. She received her B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and her MS.Ed. in early childhood general and special education from Bank Street College of Education.
José Manuel De Jesús
Head of Upper School- Packer Collegiate Institute Head of School Elect- Lake Forest Academy
José Manuel De Jesús was born in Puerto Rico and migrated to New York when he was six years old. Over the last 31 years José has been a student, teacher and administrator in independent schools. José is currently the Head of Upper School and History teacher at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Next year, Jose will be Head of School at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, IL. Previously, José served as Director of Outreach and Public Purpose at the Spence School in Manhattan, where he led the school’s community engagement and travel programs. José has also taught History at Concord Academy, where he began his career, and at the Poly Prep Country Day School where he was appointed Dean of the Ninth Grade. He has led over 100 students to four different continents as a seven-time group leader for the Experiment in International Living Summer Abroad program. José currently serves on the boards of the City Charter School for the Arts and the High Mountain Institute. José’s introduction to independent school education was as a Prep for Prep Scholar, which gave him the opportunity to eventually graduate from the Horace Mann School. José went on to earn a Bachelor’s from Wesleyan University, a Master’s in History from Tufts University and a second Master’s in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Leadership Program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. When not at work or spending time with his wife and two children (14 and 10) José enjoys playwriting, watching movies, listening to a diverse range of music and learning to play the guitar.
Associate Head of School at The Calhoun School
Bio: Experienced independent school educator and school leader with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry. Skilled in Student Recruiting, Secondary Education, Educational Consulting, Admissions Counseling, and Diversity Training. Strong professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in Private School Leadership from Teachers College of Columbia University.
Program Associate at Horace Mann school
Bio: Natalie Sanchez graduated from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in 2003. She went on to graduate from Hamilton College in 2007 where she majored in Hispanic studies, minored in Cultural Anthropology and served on the Board of La Vanguardia. In 2016 she earned her Master’s degree in school counseling from Hunter College where they focused on multicultural and urban education and the development and integration of cultural competencies. As a graduate and current employee of an independent school she is passionate and committed to the LENYIS mission; she is dedicated to empowering and creating greater visibility for the Latinx community in our schools. This past August she joined the Horace Mann School as a Program Associate in their Center for Community Values and Action. Natalie values any opportunity to be a part of creating and sustaining an inclusive community and understands the mutual benefit that they offer institutions as the world continues to become more diverse and ever-connected.