Jeannette Lorito




Highlights of Qualifications
Educational leadership with literacy and fine arts focus in cross cultural settings

Design and coordination of programs, lessons and workshops

Experience with diverse range of children, youth and adults




Master of Arts – Creative Writing/English Literature, Concordia University, Montreal PQ, 2004

Bachelor of Arts – Cultural Studies/English Literature, Trent University, Peterborough ON, 1998



Work Experience

The Raise-an-Artist Project Director and Arts Educator

Halton Hills, Ontario                                                                                                                                             2020-2006              

Developed and facilitates an arts program for children, youth and adults in visual art: illustration,

painting, photography and in literacy: creative writing and academic skills

Run art classes, birthday parties, workshops, summer camps and hold art shows.

Raise-a-Lifelong-Learner Co-Founder and Arts Educator

Halton Hills, Ontario                                                                                                                                             2020-2018              

Developed and facilitates an arts-based alternative learning program for learners ages 6 - 18                   

instructs creative writing, literacy, visual arts, design, math, science, ecology, as well as life skills

including organization, communication, creativity, expression, compassion, community, and goal



Photovoice Workshop Facilitator

Leogane, Haiti                                                                                                                                                       2012

Facilitated Photovoice Workshops with youth ages 18 – 24  

Led photography and creative writing workshops to explore themes of survival, struggle, 

spirituality, safety and security, loss and hope

Executed photo-editing and on-line book design to publish workshop material


The Raise an Artist Project 

Ontario Arts Council – Arts Education Project Recipient

Regent Park, Toronto, Ontario/Halton Hills, Ontario                                                                                         2007

Awarded 10,000 by the Ontario Arts Council to develop, implement and evaluate an Ontario community-based

rural/urban learning exchange bridging inner-city marginalized children and professional Artists

Facilitated art and business skills workshops that culminated in an exhibition to develop artistic potential

in children and transform both communities involved

Coordinated funding; recruited and managed participants: learners, artists and educators



National Penghu Institute of Technology, Penghu, Taiwan                                                                              2006

Developed lessons, lectured and wrote exams for English classes at local University

Material drawn from a wide variety of mediums including film, plays, poetry, short story, radio plays,

spoken word, articles and comics of cross-cultural content


English Teacher                                                                                             

Geng Dou Kindergarten and Joy English School, Penghu, Taiwan                                                                 2005

Designed and facilitated daily English lessons for kindergarten/primary students ages 3-7

Taught grammar and vocabulary curriculum for intermediate students ages 7-14 creatively, using song,

game, art and drama

Tested and assessed oral and written proficiency levels monthly

Co-educated with Chinese English teachers as well independently


Journalism Workshop Monitor                                                           

King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia                                                                                                                   2004

Co-facilitated a journalism workshop for ESL students from Quebec and New Brunswick in a residential

language bursary program

Provided lessons in writing, photography and film, edited two newspapers and a journal

Supervised and counselled student floor unit, convening weekly meetings     

Led program activities and community outings on evenings and weekends  


Integration Aid

La Salle Elementary School, Montreal, Quebec                                                                                                 2003

Worked one-on-one with behavioural student toward a goal of reintegration into class 

Designed and implemented art therapy sessions as a means of crisis intervention   


Educational Assistant / Child and Youth Worker

St. Paul School, Toronto, Ontario                                                                                                                       2002-2000

Co-educated Junior-Intermediate classes and the Primary Behavioural class

Developed literacy program for special needs students 

Facilitated small groups for social skills with JK/SK students

Facilitated expressive art therapy workshops, taught art lessons and implemented a photography

documentation project


Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Marygrove Camp, Penetanguishene, Ontario                                                                                                    2003, 2000,

Senior Staff                                                                                                                                                            1998-1993

Member of core management team responsible for the welfare of staff and campers at camp for

disadvantaged, inner city girls; served as a source for crisis intervention and counselling

C. I. T. Supervisor

Convened meetings of oral and written evaluation for program participants

Art Program Director

Programmed and facilitated art workshops, daily activities, camp wide special events


Activities Coordinator, Assistant to the Homestay Coordinator                                                                      1999-1997

Language Studies International, Toronto,Ontario

Coordinated extra-curricular activities to further enhance the English skills of students

Orchestrated orientation of international ESL students, interviewed and evaluated oral and written

skills to assess English proficiency levels       


Volunteer and International Development Experience


Creative Writing Instructor, Erin, Ontario

Writer’s Club Founder and Facilitator at local Elementary Schools

Teacher/Student, Shili Village, Penghu, Taiwan                        

Participated in a language exchange of Mandarin and English in local fishing village

Coach and Supervisor, St Paul School, Toronto, Ontario                                               

Coached senior girls volleyball, track and supervised the grade 8 camping retreat

Art Teacher, Santa Fe, Panama               

Taught weekly art lessons for local children

Teacher’s Assistant, Adam Scott Collegiate, Peterborough, Ontario

Provided literacy and life skills within the classroom and on community outings for developmentally

challenged students of the grade nine Community Living Class




Ontario Arts Council, Arts Education Project: Raise an Artist – helping us all see differently

February 2007 – September 2007


Awarded 10,000 funding from the Ontario Arts Council to create and coordinate an arts-based learning

exchange between students and staff at St. Paul School in Regent Park, Toronto, Ontario and members

of the Halton Hills Ontario arts community; workshops culminated in a children’s art exhibition






2010 - present

2010 - present