Our Staff

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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.

 
 
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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.