Who We Are

 


Cross Cultural Horizons Inc. provides financial support to academic, social, cultural and linguistic programs, activities, local and global cross-cultural excursions, study abroad programs and social-emotional learning events that service English language learners, students who study languages other than English as well as immigrant students who attend inner-city public schools in the United States. Cross Cultural Horizons Inc. also supports intercultural workshops, programs and activities that promote cross-cultural understanding among students who attend inner city public schools.

Dr. Deborah Isom

Founder

Cross Cultural Horizon

     Deborah M. Isom, a native of Brooklyn, New York was raised in the Farragut Housing Projects and attended the public schools in Community School District 13 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Midwood High School and from there she was accepted to Boston University where she majored in Spanish. After graduating with honors, she returned to Brooklyn’s Community School District 13 to teach. She developed and worked as a volunteer in numerous community-based educational programs that serviced the inner city populations. She worked as a volunteer at the Rikers Island’s House of Detention with Catholic Services, summer Neighborhood Youth Programs and she worked as a methadone counselor. Deborah’s love for people and her musical talents were expressed in her role as the musical director and youth leader at St. Ann’s Parish, Dr. White Community Center and through her membership in the Evelyn Lowry Choir at Zion Baptist Church.

 

      Dr. Isom earned graduate and post-graduate degrees in Spanish, English Language Arts,  Guidance, English as a Second Language, Technology Education, Bilingual Education, and administration and supervision. She has been the guest speaker at many graduation ceremonies and the recipient of several awards. She has published the books Across The Expressway, Ms. Isom, Tell Us One of Your Stories, Project Pain, Project Gain and the screenplay The Merry-Go-Round that was performed at the Brooklyn Marriot Theatre in 2000.  She composed and produced the musical scores entitled, “Children, You Are So Beautiful” (1987), « Farragut (1970)  and “Paul Robeson High School” (1991). Debbie says, “the kids make it all worthwhile...” Deborah received the Young Alumni Achievement Award  (1987) and the Dean Arthur Herbert Wilde Society Award (2005) from  Boston University where she completed her doctoral studies in 1991. Dr. Isom speaks Spanish and French fluently and has studied Japanese. She is currently the assistant principal of World Languages, Teaching English to Multilingual Learners,  and Bilingual Education, at Urban Action Academy  High School in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Isom has also worked as an adjunct professor at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus for many years.

 

      Deborah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and she remains dedicated to community service and social action. She is, has and always will be an inspirational force in the Brooklyn community.

Daniel & Rayette Bouldrick

    Daniel and Rayette, by way of Piscataway, New Jersey, Roswell, Georgia and Palm Harbor, Florida, are now retired and living in Elloree, S. C., Daniel’s home town.

Daniel retired from A large Financial Service Company where he was an Internal Auditor, Investment Accounting Manager and Director; The Active and Reserve Army, as a Major, Transportation Officer, and The Pinellas County School Board where he was a Middle School Math and Exceptional Student Education teacher. Daniel graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a degree in Economics and Accounting. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

    Rayette retired from a large Financial Service Company where she worked as a Charter Life Underwriter in the Insurance Advisory Department developing insurance products and from the Pinellas County School Board also as Middle School Math and Exceptional Student Education teacher. Rayette graduated from Boston University with a degree in Mathematics. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

    Both are seasoned educators who have also spent time mentoring and counseling youth in the local communities. Currently, they are volunteering as math tutors several hours a week in the local schools where they live.
They are the parents of three adult children with a total of five (5) degrees; Daniel (University of Pennsylvania), Duane (University of Florida and Georgia State University) and Cynthia (MIT and University of Wilmington).

Linda Randolph

 

    Linda Johnson Randolph was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana.      She received a full scholarship to Boston University and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1973.  She received her M.S. degree from Chicago State University and earned her administrative credentials from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   Supporting education in Indiana and Illinois has been her passion for over 50 years. 

Linda taught students with special needs for 20 years and served in an administrative capacity for several years.  After retiring from the Chicago Public Schools Linda was an Outreach Coordinator for the State of Indiana Department of Education from 2013-2017.   Linda has continued to support school districts and agencies in the state of Indiana as a consultant dedicated to providing quality education and community support.   

    “Children are my business” has been Linda’s battle cry.  She has provided support to children in order to help them reach their potential academically, socially and emotionally.  Linda has explored education programs in several states and countries. She has traveled to areas such as Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Canada, Paris, Jamaica, Costa Rica, South Korea, Japan, Liberia and Ghana.    

Linda’s involvement with community organizations has been very fulfilling.  She has served on several boards such as the Indiana Parenting Institute, Boys & Girls Club, Education Foundation, Hospice of the Calumet Area, Hammond Rotary Club, and the Nazareth Home Advisory Council.  Linda has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1971.    She joined St. John A.M.E. Church in East Chicago, IN as a young child and actively served in many capacities.  For over 50 years she has been an usher and missionary focused on serving those in need.      

    Linda has been married to Indiana State Senator Lonnie M. Randolph for 46 years.  They are the proud parents of two wonderful children and two grandchildren.  She gives all praise and glory to God for all of her blessings.   Linda strongly believes that “to whom much is given, much is required” and has tried to live a servant’s life.

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PO Box 23141 Brooklyn, NY 11202