Pixita del Prado Hill, Director
Pixita del Prado Hill has always loved reading and the opportunities books offer to travel to other places and times. Her love of children’s literature developed further as she began reading to her daughters, Anza and Maria. As a teacher educator at Buffalo State, Pixita uses children’s literature extensively throughout her literacy and social studies methods courses. Pixita earned her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2003. Her areas of expertise include culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum development, preparing teachers for high need settings, and differentiating instruction to build content area literacy. In 2011 she received a Fulbright award to promote English language learning in Chile where she started a sister Global Book Project at Escuela 25, Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna.
Claudia Diaz Perrella, Facilitator
Claudia Diaz Perrella was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied Spanish secondary education, 7-12 at Buffalo State and has 15-plus years of experience working with Spanish language instruction. Currently Claudia is teaching in the Buffalo community, giving individuals the opportunity to explore, practice, and master Spanish proficiency according to personal needs. She has developed and implemented a conversation group to enhance people’s skills for the achievement of their communication goals. As an educator she is constantly seeking creative initiatives to foster a fun learning environment. She is always excited to receive new learners. Claudia is a member of the national Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society; she is in the Honors program and was nominated for several awards, including the President’s Award and the Chancellor’s Award.