ELP Class of 2021

2021 Perkin ELP class

Meet the Educational Leadership Program (ELP) Class of 2021

This fall, seven dedicated professionals from around the globe are participating in the Perkins International Educational Leadership Program. The members of the Class of 2021 will acquire skills and expertise to work towards the biggest goal of all — a world where all children, including those with disabilities, have access to quality education.

Ivan Finamore Araujo – Brazil

Ivan Finamore Araujo is a teacher at the Instituto Benjamin Constant in Rio de Janeiro, where has been head of the Teaching Division since 2019. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Education Department. He holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Education and Culture from Universidade Estacio and has come to Perkins to improve his teaching skills and to more specifically help students with multiple disabilities. He looks forward to sharing what he has learned with staff and parents and to conducting teacher training throughout Brazil.

Daniel Martinez – Mexico

Daniel Martinez has worked as a teacher at the Centro de Atencion Multiple Estala No. 15 in Sonora since 1996. He received his Master's Degree in Special Education from Escuela Normal Superior de Hermosillo. Additionally, he holds a Master's in Hearing and Speech Pathology from Instituto Mexicano, Mexico City. After completing his studies at Perkins, Daniel plans to return to Mexico to manage an educational space with quality programs for children with multiple disabilities and deafblindness. He also looks forward to offering training to teachers and families.

Nehuen Rodriguez Picatto – Argentina

Nehuen Rodriguez Picatto has worked at Fatima Institute since 2015, most recently as a Special Education Teacher with Guidance on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He has received training on blindness and deafblindness from professionals who have been trained at Perkins. Nehuen now works as a Teacher of Children with Multiple Disabilities, particularly with deaf teenagers. When he returns to Argentina, he hopes to share his experiences and methodologies with colleagues and with other professionals.

Dr. Vijay S. Sharma – India

Dr. Vijay Sharma works at the Department of Visual Impairment, Faculty of Special Education, DSM National Rehabilitation University in Lucknow. He is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Visual Impairment, coordinating various departmental academic activities, including theory and practicum assignments. He has held the position since 2014. After his Perkins studies, he hopes to initiate a special unit for education and rehabilitation for people with deafblindness and multiple disabilities.

Shefali Kalra – India

Shefali Kalra has worked at the Resource Centre for Persons with Disability UMANG as a special educator since 2016. Her responsibilities include academic curriculum planning, developing IEPs and teaching aids, conducting practicals for students with cerebral palsy, identification, autism and multiple disabilities. Part of her responsibilities include enhancing communication skills through the use of technology. She also coordinates dance and painting workshops for the entire school.

Nyendo – Bhutan

Nyendo has worked as Principal at Changangkha Middle Secondary School since 2014. He previously served as principal at three other schools and as a teacher before that. Nyendo holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Management and a Bachelor's in Education. His goals and objectives include teaching and learning strategies for children with disabilities, interventions for children with different types of disabilities and how parents support children with disabilities in both learning and health issues. Additionally, he hopes to learn more about transition and introducing pre-vocational programs.

Jacquline Massawe – Tanzania

Jacquline Massawe has worked at Moivaro Primary School as a teacher of children with multiple disabilities and intellectual disabilities since 2015. She is a graduate of St. Augustine University of Tanzania and is currently completing her post graduate studies in visual impairment at Western Norwegian University of Applied Sciences. While at Perkins, Jacquline hopes to improve her skills in the education of children with multiple disabilities so the children that she now serves at home will be able to attend school and receive a meaningful education.