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Meet our new Team Members!

With the expansion of both our national and international network of schools, as well as a number of newly launched or upcoming innovations (including the Deeper Learning Equity Fellows, ImBlaze, and LaunchPad BX), so too comes the expansion of our national team! We're happy to introduce you to the newest members of the Big Picture Learning family! 

Frances joined Big Picture as Programs Specialist and Doctoral Resident in July 2016. She has taught English and ESL, served as a school design consultant, instructional coach and supported the leadership teams in schools and districts in Ferguson, New York City and Chiang Mai. She will complete her Ed.L.D. at Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 2017, but has been leading learning and advocating for under-served students in urban schools since she began attending them three decades ago. Her work at Big Picture Learning focuses primarily on the expanding Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship.  Frances holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana and earned a Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages as a New York City Teaching Fellow.

She has cornered the home baked chocolate chip cookie game and has a charming chiweenie named Godiva. 

Sarah Park brings proven success in fundraising, grant-making, educational leadership, business and cross-sector partnership to Big Picture Learning. But perhaps more importantly, Sarah is a proud former Advisor at and Director of a Big Picture Learning network school.  Sarah returns to Big Picture Learning from The Denver Foundation, one of the nation's oldest and largest community foundations, where she led grant-making and partnerships in the education space.  In that role, Sarah worked closely with private donors, supporting their giving as well as acting as part of a team tasked with raising over one hundred million dollars in private funds. 

 

In many ways an artist at heart, Sarah started her career as a professional stage actress, and dreams of one day taking her wonderful and talented but not yet convinced husband and children on the road, VonTrapp Family style.

Richard Rivera began his career teaching middle school social studies in NYC public schools and then worked for a series of educational non-profits until he founded the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Academic Development (I-LEAD) Program at Bank Street College, a leadership and college access program. Between 2000 to 2006, Richard was also an adjunct professor for Current Issues in Urban Education at Bank Street College and American Government at Bronx Community College. In 2007, he accepted a position at Kingsborough Community College as the director of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) a new and cutting edge retention and graduation program. In 2014, Richard accepted the position of Associate Director of Programs at Goddard Riverside Community Center and managed a youth department of 50 staff with a budget of $4.5 million that serves over 2,000 youth each year ranging from kindergarten to college.

Richard is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds one master's degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College and a second in Public Administration from Baruch College.

Carlos Osuna joined Big Picture Learning as an Instructional Design Consultant. His work focuses primarily on the Learning Big Picture, which is an online learning tool that trains educators and provides additional professional development support within the BPL network.

 

Carlos brings with him extensive experience with instructional design and web-based learning platforms, having previously served as a member of the online learning team at USC Marshall School of Business and USA Pavilion’s Expo Milano 2015. He recently completed a summer graduate fellowship with Education Pioneers and worked for City Year’s HQ in Boston.

 

Carlos was born and raised in Boyle Heights, near East Los Angeles. As a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), he is inspired to make sure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. Carlos earned a master’s degree in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, and holds a BA from UC Berkeley.

Joshua Poyer has worked with young people in the Bronx for over 10 years. Beginning as a Youth Developer for the Children’s Aid Society, Joshua developed a successful Youth Advocacy Council for middle schools students to share their voices on issues such as animal cruelty, cyber bullying and police brutality. Transitioning to his time with high school students, Joshua continued his youth empowerment work through the EXCEL program, a college readiness initiative which connected students with internships, scholarships and job placement. He also created and facilitated the high school’s first Student Government Association which birthed the Peace Block Party which is an annual student-led school wide event that promotes anti-gun/gang violence through community engagement and activity. Today, Joshua is the Student Experience Coordinator for Here To Here, a joint project between Big Picture Learning and DreamYard, and will be completing his Psychology degree from City College as he continues to keep advocacy and youth empowerment at the forefront of his work.