Position: Spiritual Life Upper School Teacher and Main Sponsor of the Class of 2017
Universities and Grades: Christian Ministries with a concentration in Pastoral Studies
Humberto Pizarro has always been a full-time minister. Before working at Robinson, he had been working on missionary trips to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico. He knew the school because he had worked in our spiritual retreats for six years. One day, our chaplain, Rosangélica, asked him to substitute a teacher who was on maternity leave. He gladly accepted and has been working here ever since. Becoming part of the Robinson family was a blessing because, at that particular moment, Humberto was looking for an opportunity to earn extra money for two important life projects: to help fund his church, Connected Life Church, and to support his family who had recently started to grow with a baby on its way. It was truly a perfect fit!
Here at Robinson, Bert is known for encouraging students to boost their confidence and self-esteem. “As a Spiritual Life teacher, I have the freedom to bring in different topics and activities that help students grow into better individuals.” He says he particularly enjoys developing hands-on projects with his students. Every Friday, he does Fun Friday, a dynamic where students give and receive positive comments based on something they’ve noticed about another student during the week. He also does activities where each student sits in front of the classroom and everyone has to encourage them with positive reinforcement. “It’s during this activity that many students open up and cry because of all the love and inspiration they receive from their classmates. We nurture students by taking into account their mind, body and spirit.”
During his four years working here, he has seen how the Robinson community has transitioned into a more global perspective. “There are many things happening globally that our students can identify with. This is what moves us to help others. Robinson School is a real community. Teachers have an individual-collective compromise with students. We show them that this is a safe place, where they can feel free to express their ideas and be themselves. There is no bullying here.” Robinson School has always been proud to be an inclusive institution.
During the interview, we learned that the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, recently recognized Humberto for the outstanding community work he has done with his church. Throughout the years, his church has demonstrated its commitment to the San Juan Community by creating different projects, like extravagant Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless, collecting school supplies and uniforms to donate to those in need, Christmas gifts for Public Housing children, and cooking bi-weekly meals for the homeless. Bert lives the Robinson mission every day. During his free time, he enjoys sports and is an active triathlete. He is currently training for the Sprint Triathlon in 2017! He also enjoys mountain biking, boating, and spending time with his wife and two kids.