Senior Education Programs Coordinator, Nuestras Voces
Adriana Thornton (she/her/hers) grew up in Arlington, VA but has roots in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In 2016 she was the first in her family to graduate from a U.S. college, DePauw University, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish. After moving back to her hometown, Adriana served as a State and National AmeriCorps member at Edu-Futuro as an Emerging Leaders Program Facilitator. Then she spent two years in Brooklyn teaching 5th grade at Success Academy Myrtle Middle School, first in a STEM role and then as a Lead ELA Teacher. Adriana has supported the educational, social and emotional development and growth of all the students she’s had the privilege of working with.
At PEN/Faulkner she is the Senior Education Programs Coordinator for Nuestras Voces where she gets to combine her love of literature and her Hispanic background. Adriana’s personal experiences and the experiences of her students support the idea that education is transformative, especially for those with immigrant backgrounds, like her own. Outside of work Adriana enjoys baking, reading, and taking long walks with her dog, Pebbles.