A second generation Dominican-American and native of Rhode Island, Belkis Raquel Paulino is a professional with over a 20 years of experience in various capacities including teaching, organizational development, non-profit management, project management, and educational leadership.
In Rhode Island, Ms. Paulino founded a non-profit after school program for adolescent and teenage girls named “Connecting the Dots.” This organization, aimed at providing adolescents and teens with opportunities for creative development by combing the art with pop culture, is still in full operation in Rhode Island. Ms. Paulino recognizes that the success of this organization is much in part due to the foundational policies, processes, culture, and sense of community that she as board chair and the original board of directors established within the organization. Ms. Paulino has also worked as a business development consultant, high school teacher, early childhood teacher, and currently as the Director of Little Linguists International Preschool in East Point, GA. Colleagues say that Ms. Paulino is the “go-to” person for implementation of ideas. She has excellent follow through and is both a visionary and able to see a vision through to the implementation phase.
Ms. Paulino holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island and is bi-lingual in Spanish and English. She lives in Atlanta with her 10-year-old daughter and 3- year- old daughter whom she is raising to be both bi-lingual and culturally competent. Ms. Paulino has witnessed first-hand the benefits of being bi-lingual and culturally competent in this ever changing global society. She is passionate about providing such opportunities for our future teachers, leaders, community activists, and presidents. She believes that this is the only true way to make a difference.