LEAD PRE-K TEACHER
Caleb Seibert received his undergraduate degree in music education and music performance at Rhode Island College. Through a CCRI grant program, he is working towards his Early Childhood Teaching Certificate. Caleb has taught art, music, band, recorder and guitar ensemble at the elementary level for the town of Portsmouth. Now in his fifth year as a teacher at Mariposa, Caleb brings his passions for the outdoors, gardening, culinary exploration, and music to the classroom.
“I believe in a child-centered curriculum that encourages children to explore, investigate and play in a warm and nurturing environment. Mariposa provides these qualities in beautiful indoor and outdoor play spaces filled with wonder, love and supportive teachers. Through working closely with families, Mariposa is able to support the blossoming of each child. When children are safe and nurtured, they feel free to explore the environment around them. Through this exploration they learn and kindle the inner flame within. It has been an amazing journey to be a part of this unfolding!”
PRE-K TEACHER ASSISTANT
Susan Harrison joined Mariposa in 2009 as the Teacher Assistant in the RIDE Pre-K Demonstration Project classroom. Susan has a Human Services Degree, with a concentration in Early Childhood, from the Community College of Rhode Island.
Susan has an uncompromised passion for the learning that takes place within high-quality early childhood classrooms. At Mariposa, she works to create a learning environment that is challenging, joyous, and fosters a strong sense of community with the children and families. She assists the lead teacher in planning and implementing curriculum, collecting documentation for assessment, and providing support for the daily schedule. Susan brings many special talents into the classroom. She is always sharing new delicious bread recipes to make with the children. In the classroom you might find her sewing gnomes with children, measuring out ingredients for pumpkin muffins, or leading a seasonal art project.
“To be in a class of four and five-year-olds and witness their joyful play, their growing curiosity and their hard work is an indescribable wonder. I believe that the environment Mariposa cultivates encourages lifelong learners, warm and respectful teacher/child interactions and deep play. A first school experience can’t get any better than that!”
Lourdes worked in our RIDE Pre-K classroom for the 2013-2014 school year through the AmeriCorps Volunteer program. She is excited to be starting her second year at Mariposa working as a Program Assistant for both the RIDE Pre-K and Preschool Classrooms. Lourdes is fluent in Spanish and is currently working towards her TA assistant certificate.
Lourdes is the Co-Director and Treasurer of the Society of Culture Columbia America Folklore Group and helps to support their Decorating Committee as well.
“Working in the classroom I see how important it is for the children to be in an environment where they can discover the world around them in a happy and safe place. Working with children is my passion. I love what I do.”
PRESCHOOL TEACHER ASSISTANT
Tracy Smith joined Mariposa in 2014 as the Teacher Assistant in the Preschool classroom and the lead for the Aftercare program. In 2013 she earned her BA at Roger Williams University where she studied Secondary Education and English Literature. Prior to joining Mariposa, Tracy worked in Central Falls as a reading aide through an educational fellowship program.
“I believe that all children deserve a warm and safe environment that will further their growth and development as students and community leaders. I also believe that it is important to honor a child’s temperament by actively seeking ways to provide them with positive and progressive opportunities for building healthy relationships. Being a part of Mariposa has shown me that when children make connections and have close interactions it is actually fostering their imagination, purposeful play, and growth in and beyond the classroom.”