CSV is happy to introduce Catalina Rojas, its newest staff member. Catalina has become the Assistant Program Coordinator for Upper School programs, a position newly created to support the expanding work of grades 6-8 Learning Centers and NetPals. Learning Centers provide 1:1 tutoring, mostly after-school, for at-risk students at all five upper schools. NetPals connects all 7th graders with science/engineering professionals from local companies for mentoring via digital communication and face-to-face visits at the school and the NetPal’s workplace.
Catalina is the parent of three children at the Amigos School and has lived at various times in other countries, notably Costa Rica, France and Puerto Rico. Over the past several years she has volunteered for the Friends of Amigos, has been an active member of the Amigos School Council, and has helped organize many classroom and school-wide events at the school.
Catalina also brings her experience in both the education and non-profit sectors to her new position. She has an MAT degree and has taught ESL to adult hospitality workers in the Boston area. She also created an innovative Spanish-speaking course for parents at the Amigos School whose children were enrolled in the bilingual immersion school but who did not speak the language themselves. Catalina has also directed the recruitment efforts of a high school in New Jersey in need of diversification and trained its students to assist in those efforts.
CSV welcomes Catalina to its staff. In addition to her role in the Upper Schools, she will also assist with CSV’s recruitment efforts, training, administration, reporting and evaluation, as needed. As Catalina has noted, her new role will allow her to “support efforts in helping other children to grow in their learning and love of learning, as well as encourage adults (young or old) to be active participants in that growth.” She has already begun in her new role, with outstanding results!