Educate Tomorrow is the founding organization of the Global Field Academy Project, to see full biographies of this visit the Educate Tomorrow website.
Virginia Emmons McNaught, MSEd, President & Co-Founder, Educate Tomorrow
A social-entrepreneur and education advocate, is co-founder and President of Educate Tomorrow, and is a co-founder of the SEED School of Miami. Virginia began visioning the Global Field Academy while developing her first school in the Peace Corps in West Africa. She sought to create a option for all children, including her own, where no matter your socio-economic status, all members of the family could participate in the learning process and use the world as their classroom. Read Full Bio
Dr. Amy Rubinson, Educate Tomorrow, Chief Program Officer, Research & Development
Dr. Amy Rubinson is a scholarly practitioner who has worked as a formal educator, an informal educator, a program director, and a school board chair. At Educate Tomorrow, as a senior level staff person, Dr. Rubinson inspires and manages the programming and program staff. She also directs the grant-reporting, manages internal database, and conducts internal evaluations on programming.
She completed her PhD in Education from Colorado State University. Her research is related to understanding factors that contribute to academic
outcomes for underrepresented students who participated in an out-of-school-time STEM college-readiness program. She earned her Bachelor's from Emory University in Biology and a Master's of Science in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. Dr. Rubinson is a life-long learner who is consistently excited for the opportunity to grow from her professional settings and disseminate her knowledge with others.
Cecilia Palavecino, Home-School Enrichment Center Manager
Cecilia Palavecino is the manager of the Global Field Academy enrichment center and Montessori workshop. Cecilia was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina where studied Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires. She is a Certified Montessori Teacher in Early Childhood Education by the American Montessori Society, and she has been teaching since 2005. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher.
The influence Cecilia had during her childhood and adolescence by being
surrounded by children, adolescents and parents that were walking in and out of her home to receive psycho-pedagogical therapy since her mother
was a psychopedagogist, have shaped the foundation on which Cecilia became an educator today: understanding that children learn at their own pace, that family environment and circumstances of each child contribute and determine their learning and development process, and that each child achieves his level of excellence with appropriate and right stimulus. Cecilia is an active member of the American Montessori Society.
Anja Sherry, Language Arts & Literacy
Anja Sherry is the manager of Global Field Academies tutoring center. Anja was born and raised to Swedish-American journalists in Hong Kong. She spent her teen years in Washington, DC and moved to Florida in 2010 where she pursued her studies and career in Elementary Education. A certified K-6 Educator, Anja was inspired by a paragraph in her college textbook, and embraced Montessori philosophy and became a fully certified and working Montessori teacher in Lake Mary, Fl. After five years in private education, Anja followed a calling to teach at a Title-1 struggling public school, where she was determined to understand and improve the system for the children and teachers. Anja was rated highly-effective each year and was nominated team leader for her 2nd-grade team, though she was often shocked and discouraged by the demands on students and school staff in the public school.
Lara Peco-Fazanes, Instructional Coordinator
Lara Peco-Fazanes was born in Madrid, Spain. Lara holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She also holds a certification in Business Psychology & Communication at the University Fernando Pessoa of Portugal. She was trained in Fontan Relational Education through Learning One to One, where she had the opportunity to travel to Colombia to learn about the formal autonomous learning system that fosters the potential of each student. Lara is passionate about redefining educational excellence and believes that the core of academics begins with psychology. Lara is CPR, AED and
First Aid Certified Lifeguard. She was also selected to present her senior project at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. While in college she received a NCAA Division II scholarship from Upper Iowa University to be part of the women's tennis team. She was a member of the Athletic Director Honor Roll.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION TEAM
The Global Field Academy model is distinctly unique in that families are authentically involved as co-educators and expected to work alongside their children in every aspect of their experience. This includes but is not limited to acting as classroom instructors, planning and participating in field days and learning activities, managing student learning plans, and engaging not just their own child(ren) but other students as well. Co-educators are a central part of our methodology and our global education community.
Paula Garcia, Co-Educator, Field Experience Coordinator
Paola has been the GFA Field Coordinator since 2019, she serves as the liaison to our partner providers to delivery unique and intentional learning experiences throughout our community. Since the founding of GFA students have experienced over 200 Field Opportunities.
Frances Trombly, Co-Educator, Curator & Coordinator, Cultural & Fine Arts Experiences
Frances was born in 1976 in Miami, FL where she currently lives and works. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. Selected exhibitions consist of Frances Trombly: Over and Under at Locust Projects, Miami, included in Americana: Formalizing Craft, Perez Art Museum Miami, and united states, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Her work has been featured in various publications including The New York Times, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. Trombly’s work is in permanent collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida among other institutions. She is represented by Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Frances also co-directs Dimensions Variable, an artist-run exhibition space in Miami, FL. Frances and her husband Leyden design, create and deliver GFA Fine Arts immersive experiences.
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Co-Educator, Curator, Cultural & Fine Arts Experiences
Leyden was born in 1973 in Havana, Cuba and currently lives and works in Miami, FL. Select exhibitions include The Center for Architecture and Design, Miami, FL; Factoria Habana, Havana, Cuba; Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL; ZONA MACO Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway; Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL. His work is in the collection of Sayago & Pardon Collection, San Diego, CA; Alfredo Hertzog Da Silva, Sao Palo, Brazil; Cintas Foundation Collection, Miami, FL; The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL; Capri Palace, Capri, Italy; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Miami, FL; and more. Leyden and his wife design, create and deliver GFA Fine Arts immersive experiences.
Diana Fonseca, Co-Educator, Malabarista, Nutrition & Environment
Diana's background is in Waldorf, anthroposophy, and homeopathic medicine. Since 2018, Diana has served as the nutrition coordinator and has developed a series of programs in alignment with her background. As a biodynamic agriculture enthusiast, she is leading the development of education programs at the GFA Outdoor classroom located at the Green Urban Living Center.
Anders Urbom, Co-Educator, Field Guide, Geo-Sciences
Anders is one of the founding parents of Global Field Academy and has been serving as a field guide since 2017. With decades of experience in hospitality management, he began his career working with children of all disabilities as a camp counselor, lifeguard and mentor. A father of 4, he shares his passion for geo-sciences with the GFA Community.
Chase Simmering, Co-Educator, Community Engagement
Chase has over a decade of experience in education in the creative arts. She graduated with her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Alejandro de Onis, Co-Educator, Naturalist
Alejandro has been working in the non-profit sector for 15 years and specializes in educational reform and thought-leadership. Alejandro served as a volunteer in the early years of the Green Urban Living Center at Miami Dade College and will serve as a naturalist for GFA.
Susan Lee-Chun, Co-Educator, Art Education & Mathematics
Susan has a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, a minor in Mathematics from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and a Masters in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute at Chicago. She currently serves as a workshop mathematics coach and art educator.
Paola Saralegui, Co-Educator, Workshop Coach
Since 2011, non-profit and for profit leaders, social entrepreneurs, educators, way researchers and most importantly students and their families have been meeting to vision a way to create the most robust educational experience these leaders and organizations could think of. They include but are not limited to:
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