La Biblioteca: The Heart of Education and Culture for 60 Years
By Robin Loving Rowland
Our beloved Biblioteca, heart of education and culture in San Miguel, is turning 60 this month, and dynamic plans are in the making. Hear about the news of Teatro Santa Ana, Café Santa Ana, Atención, La Tienda, the House and Garden Tour, the library, the scholarship program, the 60th anniversary, and the board when the Biblioteca’s board leader, Rita DeBrito, is interviewed at Rotary. Be there Tuesday, November 18, at 12:30pm at Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1. The event will be free.
Rotary Club Presentation
“La Biblioteca: The Heart of Education
and Culture for 60 Years”
By Rita DeBrito, La Biblioteca’s Board President
Tue, Nov 18, 12:30pm
Salida a Querétaro 1
DeBrito is a distinguished educator who worked with then Vice President Al Gore after almost 30 years in dual language instruction and math, art, science, technology, and educational resources at all levels in New York, including staff development at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Her consulting work included working with Michael Eisner at Walt Disney’s Learning Partnership’s Teacher of the Year Program. DeBrito also worked with Governor Mario Cuomo to help create a dropout prevention program for New York State. At the Museum of Modern Art there, she helped to create The Thinking Curriculum to help students create art narratives. At the American Museum of Natural History in New York, DeBrito served on the Science Project Board of Advisors and wrote curriculum for the Hall of Gems for New York City school districts.
A nationally certified teacher in the US, DeBrito worked with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to create a resource center to help teachers achieve national board certification. She also provided staff development for the United Federation of Teachers.
A curriculum specialist in science and bilingual education, DeBrito has served school districts in Los Angeles, California; Dade County, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Savannah, Georgia; and other educational entities in Central America and Puerto Rico. In Washington, DC, DeBrito worked with the Council of Greater City Schools in staff development.
In addition to her Biblioteca board duties, DeBrito has volunteered for nine years as founder and director of the science club, a year-round bilingual hands-on program for students aged 8 to16 at La Biblioteca. She has also worked locally in professional development for the Academia Internacional, the Escuela Sin Estres, and Colegio Atabal.
DeBrito is fluent in English and Spanish and conversational in Portuguese and French.
Rotary Club members are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. For more information, contact President Tony Ronci at RonciTony@gmail.com.