Jazmin Puicon Wins NJSAA Teaching Award
May 1, 2023
Jazmín Puicón is a Teacher of Social Studies at Bard High School Early College in Newark, NJ. She is a historian of modern Latin America with a specialization in Women’s and Gender History. Her research focuses on popular democracy, Afro-Colombian women, and working-class culture in urban Colombia. Her writing examines how the working class in Cali, Colombia sustained families and communities by embracing popular democracy despite increased local and national political violence. Dr. Puicón has received grants from OSUN, the Mellon Foundation, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, and the International Education Fund Grant (Union College-NY) to conduct research in Colombia on oral history and political violence, highlighting the voices of Afro-Colombian women in the Cauca Valley as they fought for peace and community throughout the 20th century. She has presented papers and her work at conferences in the United States and abroad, including the International Conference on Women’s History in Bogotá, Colombia and the inaugural ALARI Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies at Harvard University.
In 2022, Dr. Puicón received recognition from the NAACP for centering the Black experience in her classroom and coursework. Dr. Puicón also received recognition for exemplary teaching from the State of New Jersey's Amistad Commission. In May 2022, Dr. Puicón received Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies’ Excellence in Outreach and Service Award. The Rutgers Award recognizes sustained, extraordinary commitment to service outside of Rutgers University; and effective collaboration with and meaningful connection to a service group, school, non-profit or other community organization. In addition, Dr. Puicón recently received the Mildred Barry Garvin Prize from the New Jersey Historical Commission, given annually to K-12 educators for outstanding teaching of African American history, or for outstanding performance in a related activity.
Dr. Puicon was Bard HS Early College's Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022 school year. She was previously a teaching fellow at the Pulitzer Center and the Honors College at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.You can follow Dr. Puicón on Instagram @professorpuicon.