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Jessica Diaz

Jessica Diaz – Educator. Advocate. Poet. As a Latinx “Artivist” and Bronx-native, Jessica credits her urban roots and heritage most for fueling her lifelong commitment to education, advocacy and The Arts. Through her work in Elementary Education & Arts Integration for the past 16 years, Jessica has worked adamantly to nurture children’s love for reading and writing by teaching to the “whole child” – with the strategic, purposeful synthesis and application of proven best literacy practices, meaningful explorations of The Arts, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Social-Emotional Learning Theory setting the stage for all learners to read meaningfully, think critically and engage in analytical discourse passionately. Having worn the hats of Teacher, Literacy Coach, Assistant Principal and, now, as a Senior Educational Consultant for Teaching Matters, Jessica prioritizes her work in the development of highly-driven, socially-conscious Educators & Leaders that are creative risk-takers striving to empower the students they teach so that they with their students can impact greater societal change. Believing in the sharing of personal stories as a powerful tool in raising awareness as well as as a tool of empowerment for Self and the Culture, Jessica has newly recommitted her energies into her poetry. Some of Jessica’s poetry was recently published in the book, “BX Writers Anthology: Volume One” via BX Writers & Bronx Native, and she hopes to continue to generate more work to publish a compilation of her own.

Cassandra Exantus
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Socrate Exantus
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