Dynamic speaker, award-winning author and educator.
Exeptionally tallented at implementing measures and programs to imporve quality in human services and partnerships.
For more than 20 years she has worked in the field of outreach programming, arts integration , inclusion in education and social emotional development in the US, Spain and Latin America. Irania has offered trainings, and pograms for many arts, education, health and humanities organizations promoting intercultural exchanges for social transformation and healing. The community considers Irania a pioneer in the world of education in library services and a leader in North Carolina providing excellence in outreach services and mental health.
She is one of the few bilingual Certified Applied Biblio/Poetry Therapy Facilitator in the state of North Carolina specializing in cancer patients.
Experience in working with diverse communities and staff
Strong interpersonal skills to inspire excellence in marginalized populations
Ability to connect to people to foster motivation and personal growth
Knowlede of expressive writing and art in a therapeutic capacity to promote wellness
Expert in arts integration and arts in education in multilingual populations
Curriculum and Project Development
Training skills for all types of demographics and proffesionals.
Knowlede of expressive arts , human development, and creative processes with models of counseling and psychoeduction.
Holistic Thinking, Ability to see the whole picture
Knowledge of and experience with implementing and evaluating library services such as reference, programming, outreach, library operations, readers' advisory, and collection management.
Excelent writing skills in English and Spansih
Extented experience in building partnerships and collaborations for profit and nonprofit agencies.
Direct, develop, and implement strategic initiatives and programs to improve life long learning experiences in multiple demographics.
Lead and train teachers by creating and implementing lesson plans and instructional techniques to foster inclusion in the State of North Carolina
Develop and Implement lesson plans
Plan, coordinate and revised materials for morning news. Write, moderate and produced a TV show called Features.
Spanish Teacher Licence NC
Minor in Audiovisual
Children's Choice Award, International Readers Association, for the Book Chipi Chipis Small Shells of the Sea, Chipi Chipis Caracolitos del Mar, 2006.
Diamante Excellence Award, Artist and Educator for the Year
27 Views of Charlotte. (Eno Publications, 2014
Artesanos de la Palabra. The Fragrance of Water. La Fragancia del Agua. (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2014)
Mama Goose, The Play (2013, UNCC)
Wings and Dreams: The Legend of Angel Falls. Alas y Sueños: La Leyenda del Salto Angel (Novello Press 2010)
Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in Classrooms and Libraries . Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference, Libraries Unlimited .
(2010) Literacy and Reading with Library Services to Multicultural Populations: Celebrating Culture, Reading, & Family Literacy @ the Library with the Latino Reading and Literacy Programs El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Día) and Noche de Cuentos. International Federation of Library Associations, IFLA, Gothnburg
(In process) Fostering Resilience with Poetry Therapy (American Library
Metrolina Library Association. The Story Therapy Lab. The art of poetry therapy in library outreach services. Charlotte. June 2019
The Healing Arts in Mental Health Services. Camino Center and UNCC Mental Health Conference. Charlotte , April 2019
NC Library Association Annual Conference. Poetry Therapy Lab. Raleigh. 2018
Bibliotherapy, A Radical Interpretation for Library Services. Chicago, ALA 2017
Latina Conference .Lost and Found, tracking the identity of the Latino Women in the South. 2017
IImagine 2025: Share the Vision. Arts and Science Council , Charlotte, Sep, 2014. TED Talk state level.
The Mamá Goose Project: A multi-faceted arts and education bilingual literacy research project IDEA Paris, July 2013
Teatro del Oprimido. (Theater of the Oppressed) Community Campus Partnership for Health, 15th Anniversary Conference. Houston, TX, 2012
Certified Applied Biblio Poetry Therapy Facilitator, The International Federation for Bibliotherapy, 2019
Library Leadership Cerification Program, 2018.
Master Teaching Artists Certification, Wolf Trap Education, Arts TEACH, Charlotte, NC, 2002
Master Teaching Artists Certification from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Charlotte Chapter), Charlotte, NC, 2000
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