Support Educators and the Advancement of Teaching Kids 21st Century Skills
CULVER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Encantos, the award-winning B-Corp creating family entertainment education brands, today launched its new “Educator in Residence” initiative at the 49th annual conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). The Encantos Educators in Residence (EIR) program is a new initiative to recognize, support, and collaborate with exemplary educators around the world who are inspiring 21st century kids to learn 21st century skills. During NABE, Steven Wolfe Pereira, CEO of Encantos, announced that pioneering bilingual educator Irma Vazquez will be the first Encantos Educator in Residence, as of March 1st.
As an Encantos EIR, educators will participate in a 12-month program where Encantos will provide strategic, financial, and operational support for a research-based initiative of their choice tied to 21st century subject matter areas, including but not limited to: Learning skills including creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking; Literacy skills including language, numeracy, cultural, civic, digital, environmental, financial, health, and wellness, and STEAM; and Life skills including adaptability, curiosity, entrepreneurship, leadership, resilience, cross-cultural and social-emotional skills.
Irma Vazquez is a native Spanish-bilingual teacher raised by Puerto Rican parents with almost 30 years of classroom teaching experience. An award-winning educator with a BA and Master’s in Bilingual / Multicultural Education from Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Irma taught in the Lennox, California School District for over 15 years and has taught and mentored Bilingual and General Education student teachers at LMU since 2006 as an Adjunct Professor. She helped launch the first Southern California (South Bay) Dual Language Program at Washington School in the Redondo Beach Unified School District as a kindergarten teacher and founded the “My Escuelita, Spanish for Kids” program in Los Angeles, California.