Boston Writing Project
Hispanic Writers Week
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Latino Program
Staff Assistant: Norman Jiménez
Norman Jimenez is the staff assistant for the Institute for Learning and Teaching and the former coordinator of the TAG Latino Program. A proud alumnus of TAG, Jimenez joined as a student in 2001 at an early age after immigrating to the United States from Colombia, and stayed with the program through high school, also serving as a member of the executive board of the TAG Club at his school in his senior year. After graduating from Boston Latin School, he attended UMass Boston, where he obtained his bachelor of science in business management in 2013. Throughout his college career at UMass Boston, Jimenez continued to remain active in the TAG program under different capacities, serving as a teacher, teaching assistant, a tutor, as well as a mentor in the TAG PANAS Mentoring Program.
Codirector: Peter Golden
Peter Golden is a founding member of the Boston Writing Project (1979), the first Massachusetts site of the National Writing Project, and served as its summer institute codirector for 25 years. During that period he also designed and led institutes on teacher research, literature and writing, and writing across the curriculum. In 1990, he was the academic coordinator of the Hemingway Institute, an NEH-funded project designed to improve the teaching of Hemingway and the teaching of writing by using the Hemingway manuscripts at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. He has made numerous conference presentations on teaching writing at the local and national level for the National Writing Project and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition he has extensive classroom experience: he taught in Boston public secondary schools for over 30 years, attaining lead teacher status. A trained mentor teacher, he has worked closely with colleagues new to the profession, and guided numerous student teachers from area colleges through their practicum experience. In 2005 he was nominated for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. He is a member of the National School Reform faculty and a trained coach of the Critical Friends Group.
Director: Tito Lugo
Tito Lugo, MEd, is currently the Hispanic Writers Week Director. He holds a bachelor of arts with a specialization in music education from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. He also has continued advanced courses through the University of Puerto Rico. While in Puerto Rico, Tito worried about the lack of funds for public school music education programs. In response, he successfully developed a research project titled, “A guide to establish a collaborative support system to develop music education projects with the assistance of a non-profit organization.” The project’s approach to funding was tested in a low-income school of the Vega Baja School District with positive results. Due to his achievements, the Department of Education of Puerto Rico, promoted him to be the General Arts Supervisor at the Center for Academic Development at the Morovis Education Regional Office. In 2009, he decided to move to the Boston area, where he has collaborated as a teacher with the Boston Public Schools, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and The Talented And Gifted Latino Program.
Program Coordinator: Marc Tangvik
Marc Tangvik is currently the coordinator of Project ALERTA. From an early age, Tangvik has committed to providing academic enrichment and extracurricular opportunities to urban ELL/Latino elementary. As a student at Boston Latin School, he served as an after school ESL tutor for the John F. Kennedy School. Tangvik spent many summers as a counselor at Boston Latin’s basketball camp “A Step Ahead," and in 2005, he co-founded and administered a Summer Latin Arts Camp through the Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain. While studying at Union College, he spent a semester in Spain as a college ESL tutor for the Cross-Cultural Center in Seville. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Economics.
Assistant Coordinator: Jessica Flores
Program Coordinator: Tito Lugo
Assistant Coordinator: Lisette Cordero
Founder: Lucia Mayerson-David
Lucia Mayerson-David Founder of Project ALERTA and TAG worked at the university for four decades before her passing in December 2011. At the ILT, she developed and participated in several programs that have defined the urban mission of this university, especially within the Boston Public Schools. Specifically, Mayerson-David designed and directed model K-16 intervention strategies for Latino and other under-served students, such as the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Latino Program, Project ALERTA, GEAR-UP, the Teacher Development Collaborative, and Teach Boston. Mayerson-David was a member of several inter-collegiate committees and served as chair of the Latino Coalition, a group actively involved in the development of an agenda linking the university to the Latino community. She also was a member of several educational and political committees at the local and state level, including Governor Deval Patrick's Extended Teaching and Learning Time Subcommittee, and she served as vice president of OISTE, the Massachusetts Latino political organization. Mayerson-David taught at both UMass Boston and Boston University. She studied economics at the University of Chile, earned a degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts, and an MEd in psycho- and socio-linguistics from Boston University. She also completed advanced studies in second language acquisition and bilingual education at Boston University.