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Perspective is powerful


Prismatic gives students the power to engineer their own future. 

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Perspective is powerful


Prismatic gives students the power to engineer their own future. 

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Why We Care


Why We Care


Academic Achievement Doesn't Promise Success 

At Prismatic we have over 20 years of experience working with students.  We know that our kids are brilliant, they have ideas that can change the world, and their ability isn't always accounted for in test scores.  Prismatic students learn to bridge the gap between academic curriculum and real life application because we believe that without the ability to think critically and solve problems, classroom education falls flat in the real world. 

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Programs


Programs


Project Based Learning Builds Resiliency

The Prismatic team facilitates student-led projects, start to finish.  We employ professional mentors and seasoned educators to lead students through the creative process and ensure they see their project through to completion.  Throughout the program students learn to reward their own successes while diligently solving problems as they arise.  Students gain concrete evidence of their own capability while learning to value the contributions of their peers.  Prismatic students not only perform better on tests, they are equipped to execute their ideas with confidence and resiliency.  

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Meet the Team


Meet the Team


Meet the Team

 
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Debra Giunta, Co-Founder + Co-Executive Director

Debra Giunta is an entrepreneur,  arts educator and native Chicagoan.  She uses her background in the arts to affect change through non-traditional educational experiences that foster courage, connection, and self-awareness. She  got her start teaching at the age of 16 for a local community dance program and in 2008 founded  Design Dance, a  social impact company increasing access to arts programming for over 1400 students weekly.  In 2015, Debra founded Prismatic as a way to use her experiences as an entrepreneur to teach self-sufficiency and job readiness for underserved students in Chicago.  

 

Gabrielle Valdes, Co-Founder + Co-Executive Director

Gabrielle is an entrepreneur, educator and behavioral consultant. She received her BA in Communication Studies at California State University in Long Beach, with a focus on Women's Studies, Research and Media Analysis. As a women empowerment facilitator at CSULB, she developed a love for working in education which drove her to become a Lead Teacher at a preschool in Glendale, CA. After working in Early Childhood Education, she moved to Chicago and worked as a behavioral therapist to support children with autism and their families. She is currently attending Arizona State University to receive her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. Gabrielle partnered with Debra as co-founder of Prismatic to leverage her experience in education and empowerment to impact education in Chicago.

Aurora Raimondi, Development Associate

Aurora is a Business & Entrepreneurship student at Columbia College Chicago, focusing in Visual Arts Management. Within the last year she has been the Project Manager for The Field Notebook, a gallery show at her school, and a choreographer for her own music videos. Aurora is passionate about all arts, maintaining her ballet training and photography skills whenever she has the chance. She hopes through her Business degree to help artists with limited networking resources gain the recognition they deserve. 

Board of Directors

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Jonathan Lazatin

Jonathan Lazatin is an engineer, designer and educator who focuses on the intersection of creativity and learning. Jonathan has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. There he was coordinator of the Pilipino Cultural Exchange's hip hop dance group and has choreographed for Cal Poly's Spring Dance Show. After working in engineering, he took a leap to spend a year of learning with Experience Institute where he studied Engineering + Design Education, surveying educational programs across the country, teaching design to students and industry professionals and learning about the intersection of design and education. 

 
 

Sarah Draugelis

Sarah Draugelis is originally from the Detroit area and began her ballet training at the age of six. She studied summers at the American Ballet Theater, the Joffrey Ballet School, Burklyn Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the Boston Ballet, among others. Immediately following graduation from the Virginia School of the Arts, she continued dancing in New York with the Joffrey School and the Dance Theater of Harlem. After an unsolved injury forced her to retire early, Draugelis went to study at Wayne State University as a premedical student, publishing her research in psychosocial predictors of well-being in dancers. During her time as a premedical student, she volunteered in medical clinics in low-resource settings, which lead her to create the nonprofit company, Team fEMR, with two colleagues. Team fEMR provides data collection software for international medical volunteers, and is using this as a platform for communication in transient medical aid. Sarah has since returned to the field of professional dance, and is looking forward to upcoming performances throughout the United States.

 

Christine Reed

Christine Reed is an educator, dancer, and choreographer in Chicago, Illinois who believes in the power of arts education and self-directed learning.  She has taught in a variety of settings including elementary schools, community programs, and dance organizations for over 10 years.  She is on faculty as the Dance Teacher at Ravenswood Elementary in Chicago Public Schools.  While responsible for directing the Ravenswood Dance Program, Christine also writes and implements arts integrated curriculum, connecting dance content with learning in mathematics, language arts and reading, science, and social studies; serves on the school’s Instructional Leadership Team to design and present professional development for staff; and writes district-wide performance task assessments for dance programs across CPS.  In addition to her work at Ravenswood, Christine is a Mentor Teaching Artist at Design Dance and runs a summer day camp at Steve and Kate’s Camp.  Christine holds a Master’s of Art in Teaching with endorsements in Elementary Education, Dance, and Social Studies, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in General Business, Dance, and Arts Management.  

 
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Get Involved


Get Involved


Are you passionate about making a difference in education in Chicago?  Find out about becoming a part of our team as a mentor, board member, student ambassador or educator by emailing debra@prismaticmovement.org.