Juan Negrón, class of 2012, invited his boss, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty back home to Robinson to meet with the school leadership and students. Juan has been Rep. Beatty’s executive assistant for exactly one year. In fact, today marked his one year anniversary working by her side. Since before meeting Juan, Representative Beatty had become interested in Puerto Rico and the issues affecting its citizens. Her trip to the island served this purpose. She considers herself an advocate for Puerto Rico. Her official business is to establish partnerships with local government and organizations, like Robinson.
Beatty’s primary areas of interest are health care and education (STEM for young girls), among others. She was accompanied by her husband, former Congressman and attorney, Otto Beatty Jr. Both of them attended a breakfast with Robinson leadership to discuss Robinson’s educational programs, our needs from Congress and our understanding of Puerto Rico’s educational landscape. They were impressed by our International Baccalaureate Program, our Pathways Program our Scholarship Fund and relationship with neighboring public schools and our students’community service work. After the breakfast, Rep. Beatty asked for a tour of our Preschool. She was particularly interested in our Early Childhood Education Program. She understands that you can never start too early education for a better tomorrow.
After touring the Preschool, Rep. Beatty took time to address Robinson students in the gym. She said her district in Ohio may have more hospitals and universities, but “we don’t have schools like Robinson School.” She commended Robinson for its education and for preparing Juan Negrón to be such an excellent assistant for Congress. She spoke confidently about how education is the key to a better tomorrow and to living your dreams. She knows because she lived it – from first generation college graduate to Congresswoman in the United States of Representatives, who has collaborated with the last six US presidents.
Thank you Rep. Beatty and Juan Negrón ’12, for such an inspiring visit! We look forward to working together in the future!