As Community Learning and Outreach Coordinator, Rebecca cultivates opportunities that engage students in community-based learning. Her work encompasses the organization of school events and outreach to prospective families and students, youth advocates and community organizations. She is in her sixth year at New Roots. Rebecca teaches an Internships & Service Learning Class and is embarking on a new project this year, to create opportunities for students to develop cultural competencies in the areas of race and racism. Rebecca holds a BFA in Sculpture, a Baccalaureate in Art and Design Education and a Masters in Sustainable Development. Originally from Northern NY, she moved to Guatemala in 1996 where she co-founded two grassroots organizations, Asociación Ijatz, and the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute. Her daughter, who was born in Guatemala, is 19 years old. Rebecca has a background in Permaculture and Popular Education, both of which shape her philosophy and approach to education.
New Roots Charter School is a small urban public high school in Ithaca, New York. Our mission to educate for sustainability and justice by fostering understanding of the human and natural history of our city and region, and creating strong, respectful working relationships between people of diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.