• Efflandt

    Jennifer Q. Efflandt (she/her/hers)
    Executive Director of Multilingual Learners
    Languages Spoken: Spanish and English 

    Entering her fifth year as the Executive Director of Multilingual Learners for Providence Schools, Jennifer oversees the identification and services of all MLL students in the district. Jennifer uses her own experience as a low income, Multilingual Learner in Providence and the educational discrepancies she has experienced to fuel her drive to help bring education equity to her community. She believes all students, regardless of race, native language, socioeconomic status, citizenship status or disability have a fundamental right to receive a high quality, rigorous education that prepares them to excel in college and their career of choice.

    Previously, Jennifer served as the MLL Coordinator at Achievement First and has also held roles as an MLL coach, coordinator, and consultant, as well as an Early Childhood, Dual Language, and ESL teacher.

    Jennifer holds a Master of Education from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She also obtained her administrator certification through the Principal Residency Network at the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity.​ Her studies include Visual Art, Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and School Leadership.

    Jennifer immigrated from Guatemala and entered Providence Schools as a Multilingual Learner when she was five years old. She lives in Rhode Island with her family.

    Jennifer can be reached at jennifer.efflandt@ppsd.org or 401-456-9100 ext. 13141.

     

    Carina Pinto de Chacon

    Carina Pinto de Chacon (she/her/hers)
    Interim Supervisor of Multilingual Learner Instruction & Services 
    Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

    As PPSD’s Supervisor of Multilingual Learner Instruction & Services, Carina oversees the implementation of high quality instruction and curriculum across the district. Her vision of education is driven by the uncompromised belief that all students will participate in academically challenging programs that respect and build upon their unique cultural and linguistic attributes. 

    Carina is starting her 22nd year serving Providence Schools. Before joining the PPSD Office of Multilingual Learners, she served as an assistant principal at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex and Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, Dean of Students at Gilbert Stuart Middle School, Teacher Leader at Mount Pleasant High School, and a Teacher at various Providence Schools. Her educator certification areas include School Leadership, English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education, Spanish and Social Studies. Carina came from Guatemala at 14 years old; she is a child immigrant, Providence Schools graduate and Multilingual Learner. Carina takes pride in her living and educational experiences to support her role as educational leader, community advocate and mentor. 

    Carina holds a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Providence College and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Rhode Island College, with a major in Spanish and endorsements in English as a Second Language and Bilingual and Bicultural Education. 

    Carina lives in Greenville with her family, and they enjoy traveling and making memories together. Carina enjoys exercising and mentoring families, students, and educators.

    Carina can be reached at carina.pintodechacon@ppsd.org.

     

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    Rebeca Filomeno-Nason (she/her/hers)
    Manager of Multilingual Learner Instruction for Middle Schools 
    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    As PPSD's Manager of Multilingual Learners for Middle Schools, Rebeca supports schools in the implementation of quality programs for MLLs across their school. Her vision of education is rooted in the belief that each and every student deserves a quality and rigorous educational experience where critical thinking is fostered and who they are as individuals is valued, uplifted, and realized through meaningful relationships. Before joining the PPSD Office of Multilingual Learners, she served as an assistant principal at Governor Christopher DelSesto Middle School here in Providence. Previously, she served as a school guidance counselor and dean at Nowell Leadership Academy. Rebeca has also served as an early childhood educator teaching first and second grade at The Learning Community Charter School and preschool at For Pete’s Sake Preschool.

    Rebeca holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Rhode Island College, as well as a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Seton Hall University. She also obtained her administrator certification through the Principal Residency Network at the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity. Rebeca holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Lesley University and an associate degree from the Community College of Rhode Island.

    Rebeca is of Dominican, English, and Irish descent. She lives in Providence with her family. She and her family love to travel. Rebeca also enjoys reading and long walks.

    Rebeca can be reached at rebeca.filomenonason@ppsd.org.

     

    Lorena Garcia

    Lorena Garcia (she/her/hers)
    Manager of Multilingual Learner Instruction for Elementary Schools 
    Languages Spoken:
    Spanish and English 

    As PPSD’s Manager of Multilingual Learners for Elementary Schools, Lorena supports the district with implementing Rhode Island Code of Regulations 200-RICR-20-30-3 (2018).

    Lorena has been serving students at the district level since 2008 at four "A" and "B" rated school districts in Texas and now proudly serves the students here in PPSD. She has also served students at the university level in Texas, and at a policy level in Washington D.C. Her vision and mission to serve students and educators has been through different roles from education policy analyst, higher education instructor for educational leadership programs (K-12 M.Ed.), administrator, mentor, classroom teacher, substitute teacher, and tutor.

    Lorena is a doctoral candidate in the K-12 Educational Leadership and Foundations (Ed.D.) program at the University of Texas at El Paso with a focus on Leadership in Policy Analysis and Evaluation. She holds a Master of Educational Administration (K-12) and a Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Political Science, Social Science, Diversity, and a minor in Education. She is licensed in Texas and Rhode Island in the areas of Middle Grades English Teacher (Grades 5-8), All Grades English to Speakers of Other Languages Teacher (Grades PK-12), and Building Level Administrator PK-12.

    Lorena can be reached at lorena.garcia@ppsd.org.

     

    Luis Rodriguez

    Luis Rodriguez (he/him/his)
    Manager of Multilingual Learner Instruction for Elementary Schools 
    Languages Spoken:
    English and Spanish

    As PPSD’s Manager of Multilingual Learners for Elementary Schools, Luis supports schools in the implementation of quality programs for MLLs across the district. As a multilingual learner, his vision is to advocate and challenge the societal structures which make it difficult for our MLL students to receive the best education and the best support that every child deserves.

    Prior to joining the Providence Schools team, Luis served as an MLL specialist for four years at Cleveland Metropolitan School District and a high school MLL Specialist/English Teacher for four years at Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, as well as five years in the United States Navy.

    Luis holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Writing from the University of Tampa. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is of Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage.

    Luis can be reached at luis.rodriguez@ppsd.org.

     

    Marybeth Brazelton

    Marybeth Brazelton (she/her/hers)
    Interim Manager of Multilingual Learner Instruction for High Schools
    Languages Spoken:
    English and Spanish

    As PPSD's Manager of Multilingual Learner Instruction for High Schools in the Providence Public School District, Marybeth supports schools in the implementation of quality programs for MLLs in grades 9 through 12. She has been involved in equity work, both professionally and personally, and is deeply committed to ensuring the rights of students. Marybeth is excited to be part of the Turnaround Plan of Providence Public School District and brings her vision that every student can and will succeed.​

    Marybeth has been an educator for over twenty-five years, teaching across all grade levels, including postsecondary. Prior to joining the Providence Schools team, she served as a school administrator, and at the district level as an ESL/Literacy teacher leader and coach. As a K-12 teacher, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages, Literacy, and Alternative Education.

    Her education includes the areas of counseling psychology, human development, ESL/Bilingual Education, and School Leadership, with graduate degrees from Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin.

    Marybeth can be reached at marybeth.brazelton@ppsd.org.

     

    Nelia Fontes

    Nelia Fontes (she/her/hers)
    Supervisor of Dual Language Programs & Services
    Languages Spoken:
    Portuguese, English, and Spanish

    As PPSD’s Supervisor of Dual Language Programs & Services, Nelia oversees the effective implementation of high quality instruction and curriculum across the district’s dual language programs. She has served as a Multilingual Learner educator and leader in PPSD for 26 years, and held roles as a Bilingual Teacher, MLL Specialist and Manager. As a child immigrant and former Multilingual Learner, Nelia uses her personal and professional experiences to advocate for equity and a high quality education for our MLLs that values and elevates their languages and cultures.

    Nelia holds a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Spanish, and School Leadership.

    Nelia was an immigrant child from the Azores.

    Nelia can be reached at nelia.fontes@ppsd.org.

     

    Jennifer Kim (she/her/hers)
    Director of MLL Certification ProgramJennifer Kim
    Languages Spoken: English and Korean
    As PPSD’s Director of MLL Certification Program, Jen will design and oversee an in-district pathway to ESL certification that is accessible and responsive to the instructional expertise, capacities, and individual needs of educators in Providence Schools. Her work in this role is informed by her own experience of pursuing certification while teaching in the classroom full-time. She is passionate about institutionalizing support for educator development because of the impact it will have on the community’s most fundamental members—educators and students.
    Jen believes that language and literacy are the domains and responsibilities of all educators and that an individual educator’s philosophy and pedagogy inform every unit of their practice. She therefore strives to constantly expand her own range by reflecting on her speech acts, engaging meaningful, purposeful, and multimodal learning, and centering learner choice and voice. Jen joined PPSD from Brown University where she worked as Assistant Director of English Language Support in the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.
    Previously, Jen worked internationally in South Korea as Assistant Professor of English at Seoul National University of Science and Technology. She began her career in education in Rhode Island as a Secondary English and English as a Second Language Teacher for all grades 7-12.
    Jen holds a Master of Education from Rhode Island College and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. Her studies include Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Communication, and Psychology.
    Jen can be reached at jennifer.kim2@ppsd.org.
    Andrea Glauber

    Andrea (Andi) Glauber (she/her/hers)
    Coordinator of Multilingual Learners
    Languages Spoken:
    English, Spanish, and French

    As PPSD’s MLL Coordinator, Andrea (Andi) optimizes systems and operations at the central office level so that Providence’s Multilingual Learners receive high-quality, culturally-sustaining instruction that will prepare them for college, career, and life. She believes that multilingual students have enormous potential and strives to support MLL educators in unlocking transformational learning opportunities.

    Andi has over ten years of experience serving in various education and policy roles. Prior to joining the PPSD MLL team, Andi served as an educational consultant and multilingual learner specialist, providing support to educators and district/school leaders through instructional coaching, professional development, and strategic advising. She first joined Providence Public Schools as a multilingual learner English teacher at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School from 2016-2019. Previously, Andi contributed to the political process that led to the creation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global agreement adopted by 193 countries. She began her career on Save the Children’s global development policy team and has also taught English in French Guiana.

    Andi holds a Master of Education from Rhode Island College and a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from the University of Maryland. She has also earned certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language and Secondary English. Andi lives in East Providence and can often be found hiking and rock climbing in northern New England.

    Andi can be reached at andrea.glauber@ppsd.org.