Immokalee Principal featured on new PBS Show

IMMOKALEE – Zulaika Quintero, principal of RCMA’s Immokalee Community School, will be featured in Family Pictures USA, a new PBS project that explores families around the country through the lens of family photo albums. Six of the school’s students also appear in the episode with her.

Family Pictures Southwest Florida will debut at 9 p.m. on Aug. 13 on WGCU HD and repeat on the dates below.

A resident of Immokalee, Quintero learned about the program from a librarian at the Immokalee Branch Library who has known her for many years. Quintero showed producers photo albums of her family going back three generations and was selected for the episode.

Quintero was a born in Zacatecas, Mexico, into a migrant family. She moved with her parents throughout Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri as they picked bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. An RCMA employee since 2010, Quintero visits and sometimes still assists with her family’s work during her summer vacations.

She participated in a Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles earlier this summer to promote the show.

RCMA is the state’s largest non-profit provider of early childhood education through 66 child development centers, 25 family child care homes, three charter schools and afterschool care programs in 21 Florida counties. Founded in 1965, RCMA has 1,600 employees and serves more than 6,500 children of low income and migrant families each year. The non-profit organization has an $82 million annual budget. Learn more at

Family Pictures USA journeys through a rapidly changing landscape where the hallmarks of a familiar and idealized “America” are being transformed. From the streets of Detroit, to the shores of Southwest Florida, to the farm fields of North Carolina, we are creating a new purpose for the family photo album…as an integral part of our collective social and cultural history.

Family Pictures Southwest Florida schedule

Tuesday, August 13, 10:00 pm on WGCU HD
Wednesday, August 14, 12:30 am on WGCU HD
Friday, August 16, 5:30 am on CREATE
Thursday, August 22, 1:00 pm on CREATE
Friday, August 23, 8:30 pm on WORLD
Saturday, August 24, 1:30 am on WORLD
Saturday, August 24, 9:30 am on WORLD
Saturday, August 24, 3:30 pm on WORLD
Monday, September 30, 11:32 pm on CREATE

Watch a Family Pictures promotional teaser at this link.

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