Get to Know Our Director of Program & Implementation

Welcome Our Director of Program & Implementation, Michaelle Larracuente!

Educator. Activist. Lifelong Learner. Michaelle Larracuente is a fierce child advocate who believes the key to establishing equitable and nurturing spaces for students lies in cultivating and sustaining high-quality professional learning communities for adults.

Describe the work you will be doing in this role at Highlander Institute.

As Director of Program & Implementation, I’ll be managing our portfolio of school partnerships and our team of Instructional Equity Partners; including but not limited to professional development, coaching, implementation support, and creative problem solving to address issues as they arise with the implementation process. I look forward to  building momentum through meaningful partnerships grounded in the deep belief that all students can and will achieve.

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I am a proud Rhode Islander! Born and raised in Providence, I’m honored to be working in the city that has had such an impact on me as a person. I graduated from Classical High School and hold a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. I identify as a Haitian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican woman of color. Prior to joining the Institute team, I served as the founding Head of school for Excel Academy’s first Rhode Island campus. I was a Rhode Island District Teacher of the Year and I have 10+ years of experience in both public charter and independent schools.

What’s your self-professed education superpower or passion?

I think my strengths include working with community partners to create powerful opportunities for students and developing dynamic relationships with families. In addition to my educational career, I’ve also continued my passion as a civil servant, having supported philanthropic endeavors in over fifteen countries. I consider myself unapologetic in my pursuit of educational equity and I believe wholeheartedly that it is our collective responsibility as global citizens – and as humane people – to take an active role in building a more just world.

What are you most looking forward to with this new position? Are there any goals or interest areas you’re excited to explore?

I’m excited about the possibilities that come with collective impact. Together, coaches, teachers, and district and building level administration can reflect, collaborate, and better their pedagogical practices ensuring academically rich experiences for their institutions. With alignment and an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, we can create the conditions for all learners to develop the skills and competencies necessary to live full and enriching lives.

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