Program Director, X-Tech & Tinkering Afterschool
I am the program director for XTech and the Tinkering After-school program with the Boys & Girls Clubs. Raised by a feminist engineer and an artist/handy-woman, merging science, art and social justice makes perfect sense to me. I studied photography in Oakland and moved to my father’s native Argentina soon after. There, I worked on a long-term project documenting the lives of circus performers throughout South America. I fell in love with teaching when I was invited to give a photography workshop for incarcerated women. I found that helping them represent themselves and their stories was far more important and transformative than trying to do it for them. Designing creative, challenging and consequential projects that bring together play and curiosity is half the fun of my job. The rest is focused on working together with after-school educators and teen mentors to identify the best pedagogical practices we can offer our students. I strive to create educational settings that allow for liberatory ways for youth express their brilliance.