Jocelyne Trouillot was born and raised in Haiti. After graduating from Ecole Normale Superieure in her country, she went to France to further her studies in psychology and education at Université de Bordeaux. She then moved to New York and completed a Masters in bilingual education at Long Island University . Mrs. Trouillot worked in the bilingual education field for some years teaching and developing materials for Haitian children. After the family moved to Miami she enrolled at Florida Atlantic University in order to complete her doctoral studies. For a number of years, she has been directing bilingual projects in Dade County Schools. She developed several materials for the schools in Miami until moving back to Haiti at the end of the Duvalier regime.
As many other Haitians at that time, she flew back to her homeland. She co founded Universite Caraibe. Through the university, she continues her struggle for the full use of Haitian Creole in schools. Author of several educational textbooks, she is a prolific writer of children books, having written more than 20 fiction books. She is the founder and the actual president of AYIBBY, which is the Haitian section of IBBY ( International Board on Books for Young Children). Through Ayibby and through the Universite Caraibe publishing house, she works on various reading projects.
Photo courtesy Jocelyne Trouillot