Karla E. Vigil


Karla E. Vigil is an Education Strategies Specialist at Highlander Institute where she supports the implementation of blended and personalized learning initiatives in classrooms across Rhode Island.  Prior to joining Highlander Institute, Karla served as a 4th grade classroom teacher dedicated to  broadening students' perspectives through multicultural education.

Karla is a social justice advocate committed to promoting equity in education.  She recently helped found EduLeaders of Color Rhode Island - a statewide initiative that aims to challenge inequities in education, strengthen local organizations led by people of color, and foster community partnerships.  She also regularly leads workshops on culturally responsive teaching and diversity and equity in education.

Karla earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus on social justice and multicultural education from Roger Williams University through the Gordon Teacher Residency Program.  She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Karla was born in El Salvador and now lives in East Providence with her partner and three sons.


Carlon Howard


Carlon Howard is the executive director of Breakthrough Providence where he oversees program strategy and implementation. Before entering his current role with Breakthrough Providence, Carlon served as a City Year AmeriCorps member and Impact Manager and was a classroom teacher.

Carlon graduated from the University of Georgia with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and political science and completed his graduate degree in education from Rhode Island College.

Carlon is an avid reader and lifelong learner who spends much of his time exploring topics related to world history, financial literacy, and management and leadership.