ALPHONSE LITZ, DIRECTOR
Alphonse has been an elementary public school educator and administrator in Concord, Massachusetts, and Boston for more than 20 years. A central underpinning in both his teaching and administrative roles has been student-centered, project-based curriculum. He has promoted and developed programs based on the philosophy that children learn best through experience. As a classroom teacher he always made space for a woodworking shop. Boston Explorers is a natural extension of his wide-ranging interest in Boston history and the city’s natural resources. The camp was founded on the belief that kids come to “own a place” by experiencing it. As a Teacher Leader he was among a select group that led the nationally renowned, staff-governed Mission Hill K-8 Pilot School. He is committed to social justice and equity in our community.
SAKURA TOMIZAWA, ASSOCIATE TO THE DIRECTOR
Sakura joined Boston Explorers in January 2018 to assist Alphonse in the year-round operational, administrative, marketing, and programming needs of the organization. Before joining Boston Explorers, Sakura graduated with a B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric from Syracuse University, where she held administrative and leadership roles in multiple campus organizations. However, it was her years of meaningful experiences as a camp counselor/youth leader in her home city of Worcester, MA that cemented her passion for urban youth development.