"Belinda was essential to Grant's success. She guided us through the process of improving student achievement by setting up a system for analyzing student data and then helping us develop a master plan to meet our student achievement goals. She kept us updated on the latest, most applicable research, developed staff presentations to show our progress towards our student achievement goals, and worked with teachers on instruction and planning. She is smart, efficient, and highly respected by teachers. Her expertise led us to reach our goals."
— Cecilia Barrie, Principal, Grant Elementary
"While Belinda was working at Grant Elementary School as a partner at Partners in School Innovation, I worked closely with her while she guided the school toward its vision of closing the achievement gap for English Language Learners living in poverty. She advised and coached the principal and leadership team around using student data to guide teacher coaching. She trained classroom teachers to use their own students' assessment results to make their own teaching practice more effective. Belinda's unwavering belief that all students could learn and succeed was an inspiration to me. Her work with the leadership team and teachers at Grant produced outstanding results, and her unrelenting drive and work ethic made her an example to which I aspire."
— Anna Innacone, Literacy Coach, Grant Elementary
"Belinda is a hard working person who proved her strong leadership and organizational skills by taking responsibility for the many components of our grade level meetings. She was always available to assist students and myself with any questions or concerns.
As a new teacher in this country five years ago, it was comforting to know I was able to count on Belinda to help me with organizing and developing lesson plans. She impressed me with her bilingual teaching abilities and the ease in which she communicated. She was open-minded and willing to offer new strategies that went beyond any of my expectations. It is for all these reasons that she has my highest recommendation."
— Carmenza Bush, 2nd Grade Teacher, Grant Elementary
"Belinda is a thoughtful and sensitive professional who took the initiative to quickly build considerate relationships with those she worked with in evaluating RCEF's program. She was able to adapt her understanding of school environments and teacher needs to the realities our organization faces on the ground in rural China. It is an efficient and enjoyable experience to work with her!"
— Diane Geng, Co-founder and Executive Director, Rural China Education Foundation
"Belinda was an exemplary grantee during her Fulbright year in China. Passionate about providing support to rural teachers and the organizations who work with them, she was detail-oriented and results-focused as she developed and implemented her project. She contributed greatly to the "Team Fulbright" spirit in Xi'an, and made a lasting contribution to the Fulbright program by spearheading the compilation of a detailed guide to life and work in the city for future grantees. I strongly recommend her and look forward to seeing how her education consulting career develops in the months and years to come."
— Janet Upton, Senior Program Officer, Institute of International Education