Lorena is an immigrant from Dominican Republic and raised in the U.S. She attended public schooling from first grade through high school. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Communication from Emmanuel College and her Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. She is an advocate for the practice of a culturally sustaining pedagogical approach in education. Lorena has been in the field of education, working in various settings, since 2001. Her extensive experience in a myriad of settings ranging from extra curricular youth work to community spaces to the traditional classroom, equips her to offer sound advice as to strong teaching practices. Lorena has held educational leadership positions at the department level, school-wide level, and in the larger district level from designing curriculum to strategizing for improvement. She is the incoming chair of the National Council of English Teacher’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English and she’s a co-founder of #DisruptTexts. Currently, she teaches at Headwaters School in Austin, TX.
AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS, & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
A list of PUBLICATIONS
Keynote Speaker, Montessori for Social Justice Conference, 2018
Panelist at International Literacy Association Conference, 2018
National Council of Teachers of English Latinx Caucus Excelencia in Teaching Scholarship, 2016
National Council of Teachers of English Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award, 2014
Presenter at Texas Systems of Care Conference, Austin, TX, 2017
Presenter at National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Panelist at National Dominican Student Conference, 2014
Roberto Germán is a Dominican-American native of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is a product of Lawrence Public Schools, Central Catholic High School and the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrence. He currently is supporting the opening of Magnolia Montessori For All, Austin’s First Public Montessori School, serving as Director of Student Affairs and Services. Previously, he served as Assistant Principal at the Guilmette Middle School in Lawrence, MA. Prior to that he served as Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development for seven years at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA, where he led the school in fostering a culture that promoted social justice and equity. During his tenure at SJP, he was also a basketball coach and Spanish teacher. Mr. Germán is an alumnus of Andover Bread Loaf and an active member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network. His role within ABL and with the BLTN is at the center of ABL’s educational justice work within the public schools, youth and community organizations. When he was twenty years old, Roberto introduced and led a spoken word movement in the city of Lawrence that took the city by storm from 2001-2003. This movement became the beginning of a writing revolution that inspired young people in the city of Lawrence to find their voices through the arts, particularly spoken word poetry and rap. He accomplished this with his former performing arts group, the Soul Kaliber Movement and by his ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and individuals. His teaching experience includes serving as an English teacher at Lawrence High School and as a Spanish teacher at St. John’s Preparatory School. He holds a Master’s Degree from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, from Merrimack College.
- Germán, R. (2018). Keynote Speaker. Montessori for Social Justice Conference, St. Paul, MN.
- Germán, R (2017). Spoken word performance. Presented at ATX Think Bilingual Fair 2017, Austin, TX.
- Germán, R (2016). Discipline in a Public Montessori Environment: Lessons Learned. Workshop presented at Athena Montessori, Austin, TX.
- Germán, R (2016). Exploring & Affirming Racial/Ethnic Identity. Workshops presented at UP Academy Oliver and Leonard Schools, Lawrence, MA.
- Germán, R (2016). Eighth grade spoken word session. Workshop presented at Lockhart Middle School, Lockhart, TX.
- Germán, R (2012). How to Eat a Poem Writing Conference. Workshop presented at Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Lawrence, MA.
- Germán, R. (2010). Bob and Weave: Sewing Thoughts and Words. Workshop presented at Cochise Community College’s Intercultural Communications Course, Sierra Vista, AZ.
- Germán, R. & Ruemenapp, S. (2010). Improving Student Achievement and Motivation through Teacher/Student Relationships. Workshop presented at the 2010 St. John’s Prep Summer Professional Development Workshops, Danvers, MA.
- Germán, R. (2009). Looking through a Different Lens. Workshop presented at The Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury, VT.
- Germán, R. (2009). The Story Behind Words. Workshop presented at Bread Loaf Teacher Network Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.
- Germán, R. (2008). Rap and Race: A Redefinition. Workshop presented at National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference, New Orleans, LA.
- Germán, R (2008). Improving Student Achievement and Motivation through Teacher/Student Relationships. Workshop presented at City-As-School, NYC, NY.
- Germán, R. (2007). Poetry, Music & Meaning Behind Words. Workshop presented at Northern Durham High School, Durham, NC.
Roberto’s wonderful work with students at Utatlán School in Guatemala: