Fort Myers, FL, June 04, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Heights Foundation announces that Debra Mathinos, Ed. D., M.S. has been named Director of Lifelong Learning at The Heights Center in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. Dr. Mathinos is responsible for the development and oversight of classes and training opportunities in all program areas offered by the Heights Center. In addition, she teaches adult learners in the Center’s GED program and works with the elementary students in the After School program.
A recent transplant to Florida, Dr. Mathinos has more than 20 years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher and as a public school administrator. She has extensive experience working with at-risk and exceptional students, as well as those with economic disadvantages and English language learners. Prior to her experience in the school district, she taught full time at the University of Rochester as well as Bucknell University, and has served as an adjunct instructor at several universities in Pennsylvania. She is certified as a teaching professional in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
“We are thrilled to have Debra join the team at The Heights Center, said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center. “Her extensive experience in education will help us grow our learning programs for both children and adults in the Harlem Heights neighborhood, ensuring that they have the opportunity to succeed in school and in their careers.”
The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for education, opportunity, and enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts. For more information about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center please call 239.482.7706, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit heightsfoundation.org.
About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center: The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.