CURRENT STAFF MEMBERS
At the BLC, Alma is the programs assistant and is currently recruiting for two programs— Padres Lideres (Parent Leaders) and LENA (Language Environment Analysis). Padres Lideres is intended to encourage parents to form their own groups and work together to prevent violence against children. LENA teaches parents how to communicate with their children between 2 and 34 months to promote brain development and help them reach milestones in speaking.
Alma is glad that through her work at the BLC she can continue to go above and beyond to help people. For fun Alma enjoys making pizza with her daughter Itzel—a creative and spunky eight-year-old who excels in performing arts—and their dog Jackie. We are so grateful and excited to have Alma on our team and are looking forward to getting to know her more.
She is currently attending Bellarmine University to receive a bachelor’s degree in secondary education to be a high school English teacher. She is a Louisville native who loves giving back to community any chance she gets. A passion that she’s come across through her college career, and through observations within various schools, is helping ELL students.
“I have absolutely loved teaching so far; I love all my students!” said Menéndez.
“They are hilarious and are quick learners. I am beyond thankful for being apart such a great organization and working with some of the nicest people. “
Karla Peacock has been teaching for a little over 20 years in a variety of environments, ranging from public to parochial and private schools. These teaching opportunities have taken her to 3 states of Ohio in the Dayton, Yellow Springs and Xenia/Wilberforce areas where she attended an Historically Black College/ University of Central State University. There, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education.
After teaching in that area for a few years she then moved on to work in Montessori teaching settings by way of Florida in the St. Petersburg area of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. For the past 10 years, she's been back home in Louisville, Ky where she works in private school settings.
For many years she worked with ESL and refugee populations of students on both the child and adult level. She worked for 4 years with Catholic Charities working in the ESL school. She also helped manage the Family Learning Program with intensive language instruction and Family programming. She is a caregiver for her 91 years “young” mom, and is a pet parent to a rambunctious Azawakh puppy, a frisky Russian Blue cat and one tattle tell parrot.
Her desire to serve the diverse community of Louisville led her to volunteer with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Doors to Hope, and Change Today Change Tomorrow where she taught English, tutored for citizenship classes, and helped provide opportunities for the homeless. She worked for many years with youth facing hardship at the Clark County Youth Shelter of Jeffersonville, IN, and spent the last 3 years teaching Spanish at Portland Christian School. All of this has led her to the Backside Learning Center where she is so excited to be a part of the team. Alexina works as a volunteer coordinator as well as supporting operations.