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Pierre-Jerome, Lunine

Senior Instructor
University of Massachusetts Boston
English as a Second Language
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Education

Academic Focus

English language learners, students with limited or interrupted formal education, second language acquisition and culture

Community Involvement

In the 1980s, Lunine Pierre-Jerome became an active member of the Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB), a community-based grassroots organization whose mission is to "empower Haitian women by helping them develop individual and collective capacity to improve their social, economic, and political status and thus effect positive change in their lives and the lives of their families." During her tenure as vice president of the board, in a joint venture with the Women Institute, Inc., AFB planned, developed and implemented a housing development project for low-income families in Mattapan-Dorchester.

Courses Taught
  • Sheltered English Instruction and Assessment
  • Indentification and Instruction of Students with Disabilities and/or Limited Formal Schooling
  • Professional Seminar
  • Second Language Acquisition and Culture
  • Content Knowledge for Teachers of ELLs: Meeting the Demands

Ed.D. - UMass Boston - Leadership in urban schools

M.A. - UMass Boston - Applied linguistics

B.S. - Northeastern University - Information systems


Literacy is a human right and by extension the right of every child. When we do not carve out a space to liberate SIFE from the chain of illiteracy, we do reproduce the very system that we set out to fight against, that is marginalization, oppression, and modern slavery.  - Lunine Pierre-Jerome, 2011

Professional Experience
  • Assistant Principal, Taylor Elementary School, Boston Public Schools
  • SIFE Program Director, Boston Public Schools
  • ESL Program Coordinator, Cambridge College
  • Literacy Specialist, Boston Public Schools
Awards & Recognitions
  • Drylongso Award - Community Change, Inc.
  • Haitian Women Achievers - Association of Haitian Women in Boston
  • Haitan Women Educator - Haitian Youth Connection
  • Outstanding Commitment - Haitian Adult Day Health Center - Sant Belvi
Research & Publications

Pierre-Jerome, L. (2011) Introduction, Masuife, Patrick Sylvain, Trilingual Press, Cambridge: MA, 2013.

Pierre-Jerome, L. and Neptune O. (December 2007). Haitian Kreyol or French: Language Preference of Haitians in Metropolitan Boston on Health-Related Resources, Focus Group Report, Department of Public Health, Boston, MA.

Pierre-Jerome, L. (19997) Introduction, A New Beginning: The World of Poetry, Bilingual Haitian Students, Lewenberg Middle Schools, Oresjosef Publications, 1997, Boston, MA.

Selected Presentations
  • Education in Time of Crisis - Great Hall, Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester, MA
  • Participatory Teaching in Adult ESL Classrooms - Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB), Dorchester, MA
  • Haitian Students in the Aftermath of the Earthquake: Opportunities and Challenges - Forum on Education, AFAB and the Union of Minority Neighborhood, Dorchester, MA
  • Identity Development Among Low-Literacy Haitian Adolescent Newcomers: Collective and Integrative View of the Self - 17th Annual Conference of the Haitian Studies Association, UMass Boston
  • Differentiating Instruction for English Language Learners of Various Levels - Randolph Public Schools, MA
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Translators Association
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages
  • Association of Haitian Women in Boston
  • Haitian Studies Association
  • International Reading Association