Executive Board Members
Karina Bhutta – President
Hi! My name is Karina Bhutta, and this is my second year as president of FEA. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but I’ve lived in Tampa, FL for most of my life. I transferred to FIU to pursue biology and a secondary education teaching endorsement through FIUTeach. I am now a senior and looking forward to student teaching in Spring 2020! Outside of classes and FEA, I am also an Honors College student, researcher under the direction of Remy Dou, and Noyce scholar. In the future, I plan to pursue a PhD in education inequity in addition to teaching high school biology and anatomy.
Marialejandra Ruiz – Vice President
Hello, my name is Marialejandra Ruiz. I was born in Peru and moved to Miami with my mom when I was 8 years old. I am an English Education major, but I'm also working on my Japanese Studies Certificate. I would like to teach at a high school level up north or in Japan, and hopefully one day teach an undergraduate class. I love to travel and I spend my time reading and writing works of fiction.
Tirsa Silberie – Secretary
Hello! My name is Tirsa Silberie, although most people know me as Titi. I am an Exceptional Student Education (Special Education). I am currently a Junior at FIU. I was born and raised in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. My goal is to set light on the needs of children with disabilities and mental health problems. In Bonaire, students with disabilities still do not get the appropriate guidance in order to succeed academically. After I graduate, I plan on earning a degree in Forensic Science or Psychology. I love to dance, play sports and hang out with my friends and family. As the FEA Secretary, I am really excited to experience what we can achieve together!
Cinthia Conde – Treasurer
Hi! My name is Cinthia Conde. I am a Senior studying Elementary Education with TESOL and Reading Endorsement. I decided to become a Proud Panther after spending a year at another Florida University. I am excited to graduate in Spring 2020 and make an impact within the educational system. I currently serve as the Future Educators Association Treasurer.
Jazmin Torres – Events Director
Hi everyone! My name is Jazmin Torres. I was born and raised here in Florida, but my family is from Puerto Rico. Ever since middle school, I have always had a passion to read and I later learned that I love teaching too, so I thought, why not do both? Now, I'm an English Education Major and a current junior here at FIU. I'm so excited to get to work with you all and can't wait for all the events I will be a part of.
Mekaeyla Mirabal – Marketing Director
Hi, everyone! My name is Mekaeyla Mirabal, and I am currently a senior at Florida International University studying Elementary Education. As a lifelong learner, I am truly passionate about education. I am able to encourage our future generations to believe in themselves and change the world! That is the greatest gift of being a teacher. I am eager to meet you at our conference and meetings! I am the marketing director for Future Educators Association, and I am honored to promote this life-changing association. Personally, I enjoy writing calligraphy, making cards for my loved ones, and making art out of everything.
Darines Perez – CSO Representative
Hello everyone! My name is Darines, I was born and raised in Holguin, Cuba. I moved to West Palm Beach, FL with my family when I was about to start high school, and just moved to Miami because I transferred to FIU. My major is Biology Education and I plan to teach cool science to high schoolers in the near future. I love to dance salsa, explore new places, and enjoy a cup of coffee at any time of the day.
Junior E-Board Members
Hello! My name is Kaya and I’m a current sophomore majoring in English Education. I moved to Miami from a farming town in Wisconsin to attend FIU. Growing up I was encouraged to pursue a medical career, but soon discovered my real passion was within education. I hope to carry this joy of sharing knowledge throughout my life and with my future students! After university I’d like to teach in a high school or pursue teaching abroad - my dream job being education work with Peace Corps. Whenever I get some time to myself, I enjoy language learning and attending concerts.
I was born in Miami, Florida to Jamaican parents and raised in Dubai. I am currently majoring in Sustainability and Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics, with the goal of going into the sustainable development industry in the future. From a young age, I have been traveling all over the world and have had the opportunity to experience different cultures and gain an understanding and appreciation for the way other people live. I have a passion for helping those who are less fortunate and I feel that service is one of the most rewarding activities you could do, and I feel that education is one of the most important resources you could provide anyone.
Hello! My name is Natalie Blanco and I am senior in FiU going for my bachelor’s degree in Early Child Development. I would like to get my Masters In Speech Language Pathology after I graduate. I love music and so it is a great opportunity for me to work in a preschool teaching music to young children. Working with kids has been a great experience for me as I learn to become a teacher running my own classroom. I love the FEA because it gives us an opportunity to get to know other education majors and grow and learn how to be great teachers! And we can work together to make a difference in the education community! Can’t wait to see you all!