ESPERANZA ACADEMY is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school is 100% privately funded and relies on the generosity of its donors.
Esperanza's mission is to inspire its students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.
Esperanza Academy Presents the Class of 2015
Esperanza's Class of 2015 join Commencement speaker Yvonne Garcia (photo: Cristen Farrell)
Alumnae Continue 100% High School Graduation Rate
Esperanza Academy proudly held its annual commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2015 on June 12. This year’s commencement speaker was Yvonne Garcia, Senior Vice President at State Street Bank and Chair of ALPFA, the largest Latino professional organization in the country.
“We congratulate the Class of 2015 for achieving this milestone,” said Christopher H. Wilson, Esperanza Academy’s head of school. “As they prepare to enter high school, our graduates are taking the next step on their path to college and careers. They follow in the footsteps of alumnae, who continue to graduate from high school at an impressive 100-percent rate. Collectively, their accomplishments are a credit and a testament to an Esperanza Academy education, its faculty, trustees, volunteers and donors, and our exceptional graduate support program.”
Esperanza Academy’s alumnae’s high school graduation rate is especially noteworthy because the school accepts students through a lottery system whereby students are qualify for admission by meeting Lawrence residency and need-based standards and not academic standing.
Esperanza Academy proudly presents its eighth-grade graduates, the Class of 2015:
- Annie Adames
- Mya Evalisa Cid
- Tarialis Brisney De Leon
- Amy Aselis Espinal
- Larissa Cristina Fernandes
- Juliana Fernandez
- Cristina Marie Frias-Gil
- Naihlee Camila Gil
- Davina Sokhoeun O'Norng
- Emely Nicole Ramos
- Gabriella Maria Reyes
- Patricia Damiani Roque
- McKaylee Salazar
- Charlize Sanabria
- Dalsigenys Silverio
Commencement Speaker Yvonne Garcia serves as a Senior Vice President and Global Head of Client Solutions and PMO of the Investment Manager Services group for State Street Corporation. As an active member of local and national communities, she also co-founded Milagros para Niños, a board at Children’s Hospital in Boston, which has raised more than $4 million in funds for Hispanic children who can’t afford medical care. Ms. Garcia was a recipient of Boston Business Journal’s 40-under-40 Award for 2008 and was selected as a Top 25 Women for Hispanic Business Magazine for 2009. Most recently, Yvonne was selected as the Top 5 Latina Executive in the Country by Latina Style Magazine for 2012 and Top 100-under-50 Executive Leader for Diversity MBA for 2013.
She earned an MBA from Boston University in Finance and Marketing and a BA from SUNY Albany. She is also a graduate of the ARMY R.O.T.C. program at Siena College in Loudonville, NY and holds a Certificate in Economics and Culture from La Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Esperanza Academy Implements iPads in the Classroom Program
Esperanza Academy rolled out an ambitious new program to integrate iPads into the classroom. The 1:1 iPad classroom program, which supplies iPads for all Esperanza students, will modernize and enhance the classroom experience for students, providing one-point access to textbooks, research and information resources, assignments, note taking, and new and engaging learning opportunities.
“Our iPad program provides a valuable teaching and learning tool to support our students’ critical thinking and creativity in and out of the classroom,” said Esperanza Academy Head of School Christopher H. Wilson. “ More critically, we are helping bridge the digital divide that puts our low-income students at a disadvantage. Many of our students, who do not have Internet access at home, will now be able to conduct research for a paper or look up information on their iPads during their homework hour at school. We are proud to empower our students with this access.”
While some may fear that adding tablets to the classroom will add yet another source of distraction for students, studies have found that iPad and tablet integration improves classroom learning, especially in the sciences. The Esperanza iPads are managed through a mobile device manager (MDM), a control center that administers users’ profiles, controls distribution of applications and books, restricts access to inappropriate content, and tracks the iPads’ whereabouts. The iPads are equipped with “Evergreen” applications, which are neither content nor grade-level specific, that allow students to create and demonstrate their understanding of ideas.
“We are thrilled to have access to technology that will help us better engage and motive students,” said Principal Sandi Pilt. “Some of the programs we will utilize transform the classroom into a multi-dimensional learning experience. As an educator, it’s exciting to help create a 21st-century learning environment at Esperanza Academy and help prepare and propel our students for success in the digital age.”
The iPad program is made possible through a generous grant from the Van Otterloo Family Foundation, a nonprofit trust that benefits educational institutions and related activities.