Clara Pérez-Méndez

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claraFounder and Director of Puentes Culturales, was born in México and has lived in the United States since 1975. Clara is an educator, nationally-recognized speaker, and consultant focused on building understanding and competence for those in education who work with linguistically diverse children and families. She is a regular lecturer in both pre-service and in-service programs preparing personnel to work with culturally diverse populations. Her involvement and expertise in early education include coordination of a bilingual early Child Find assessment team with the Boulder Valley School District, consultation and workshop development with the Colorado Department of Education for training cultural mediators, interpreters and translators, and collaboration with the University of Colorado at Boulder developing El Grupo de Familias.

Clara has a wealth of experience working with families from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, especially Spanish-speaking families.

Clara has volunteered her time as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center, as a member of the Housing and Human Services Master Plan Advisory Committee for the City of Boulder, and as Board of Directors of Intercambio de Comunidades, a nonprofit organization that responds to the needs of Latino Immigrants by providing English classes to reduce language and cultural barriers for a more integrated community.

Clara is the recipient of many awards:, including the 2002 Boulder Daily Camera’s Pacesetter Award in Education and the 2005 Penfield Tate Humanitarian Award given by the Family Learning Center in recognition for her contribution to the improvement of the quality of life of children and families in Boulder County.

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