Roberto is a Dominican American author, poet and spoken word artist. He was born in Lawrence, MA to immigrant parents. Growing up, Roberto turned to poetry as a means for expressing himself and dealing with his frustrations. When he was twenty years old, Roberto introduced and co-led a spoken word movement in the city of Lawrence that took the city by storm from 2001-2003. This movement became the beginning of a writing revolution that inspired young people in the city of Lawrence to find their voices through the arts, particularly spoken word poetry and rap. He accomplished this with his former performing arts group, the Soul Kaliber Movement, and by his ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and individuals.
Later, Roberto turned to education and after becoming a secondary teacher, he blossomed into a school leader. At St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts, he was Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development for seven years. Then, an Assistant Principal at a local public middle school, and then a founding staff member of Magnolia Montessori for All, Austin, Texas’s first public Montessori. Lastly, he was also Director of the Middle School at Headwaters School where he brought inclusivity and social justice ideas into every aspect of his work. Today, as Executive Director of Multicultural Classroom, he supports schools and organizations with strategies for anti bias and anti racist teaching and learning.
He is driven by integrity, faith, family, justice, and more. His work is reflective of these values, characterized by passion, supporting young people, and a dedication to excellence. This can all be seen in through his interactions with his audiences. A graduate of Merrimack College and Boston College, he’s been an educator and school leader for over 15 years. His writing has been featured in Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide (Hawthorne 2022), Speaking for Ourselves Anthology (2019), Edutopia, and others. His first poetry book Blue Ink Tears (2023) focuses on identity, love, relationships and more. Currently, he’s Executive Director of Multicultural Classroom and lives in Tampa, FL with his wife and three children.