Mrs. Meghan, Owner/ Director
Our school has been open since 2006 but recently I have taken ownership of this amazing Little Village. I am married and a mother of 2 wonderful children, Grayson who is 5 and Elysia who is 10. We live in North Kingstown near the ocean where it allows us to enjoy fishing and the outdoors.
After graduating Rhode Island College in 2004 with a BA in sociology I worked with the autistic community being a behavioral therapist. I worked at Gateway, Groden Network and Cranston Arc. I then received an opportunity to be a behavioral special ed teacher in Bridgewater Ma for a short time. At this point I went into social work since I found out that I have a joy of help and making children happy. I continued that career path until 2011 at that time Grayson was born and I decided to spend at home time with our children.
In 2016 I decided to go back to teaching and taught at a local preschool where I was a lead teacher in the 4 yr old room. It has always been a dream of mine to own my own school. Since I have always worked with children who have developmental delays I have a passion for different learning styles. Our school has always had the motto ” learn through laughter” and having an anxiety and stress free environment. I am so proud of this and continue to make sure that our Little Village community follows this so that your children with grow and learn.
Krista Quattrini, Lead Preschool Teacher
Hi! I am Krista Quattrini. I am married to Ed, a Lieutenant with the Smithfield Fire Department, and the mother of three fabulous kids. Giovanni is 7 and a second grader (he attended TLVS for preschool and Kindergarten). Amelia and Matteo are four year old twins who will be starting their second year at TLVS. While I was born on Cape Cod I moved to Smithfield from Vietnam.
After teaching in downtown Boston for six years I took the plunge and began teaching Internationally. I was very lucky to see many countries, dive in exotic locations, and meet fabulous people of all nationalities. I have taught grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, ESL, Special Education, Reading, been an administrator and most recently preschool is added to this list. I have my BA in Criminal Justice/Sociology and Social Work from Trinity. My Masters Degree is from Bridgewater State where I also earned my Elementary Teaching Certificate through their advanced Masters program. I am also Internationally Certified in ESL.
I love to dive, garden, read, spend time with my friends, and most of all be with my family. I love being with children – hearing a child’s laughter, receiving or giving a hug, or being part of an “aha moment”. My goals for the 2016 – 2017 school year are: to help my students develop a love of learning and exploration; spark their interest in new things – food, events, academics; foster a sense of community within the preschool classroom/TLVS and our families; and network within our community to both bring community members in, but to also, give back to our community through art, cards, and “drives”.
Annie Walsh, Teaching Assistant
My name is Annie Walsh. I have been working at The Little Village Schoolhouse as a teacher assistant in the pre-school classroom since August of 2015. To tell you more about me, I live in and was raised in Glocester, RI. I am a triplet and am extremely close with my two brothers, as well as my parents. I graduated from University of Rhode Island in May 2015 with a B.A. in psychology and I am working towards my certification in Elementary Education from URI as well. As part of my degree program in elementary education, I have taught in 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms. My passion has always been to be a teacher, so being a part of The Little Village “family” makes me excited to go to work each day! The desire I have to work with children, along with the love I have for nature, most likely comes from my mom. She is a pre-school teacher as well, and her curriculum is inspired by nature. Unsurprisingly, I have adopted the same teaching philosophy and believe that there are many lessons to teach children using all parts of the natural world. Having taught in multiple grades ranging from pre-school to upper elementary, working at The Little Village Schoolhouse has helped me realize that my love of teaching at the early childhood level is where my passion truly lies.
Miss Pam, Kindergarten Teacher, Education Coordinator
Hello! My name is Pam. I graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelors in Early Childhood and Special Education K-8. After graduating in 2003, I worked as a substitute teacher in the public schools for one year. The next year I taught pre-k at a small, non-profit daycare and later became Director. In 2006 I left to teach Kindergarten, which is my real passion, at an Early Childhood center in Johnston and worked there for 9 years. In December of 2015, I joined the team here at The Little Village Schoolhouse as the Kindergarten Teacher and will be taking on the role of Education Coordinator in September. I’m looking forward to helping develop a strong, developmentally appropriate curriculum for all our students to ensure they are prepared for Kindergarten and First grade. My favorite part of teaching is watching children grow throughout the year and accomplish new goals.
I am married with two children, one of which just graduated from TLVS. We also have a dog, and a cat. In the summer I enjoy camping with my family. In winter I enjoy crocheting.
Paula Schiavitti, Teaching Assistant
A little bit about myself…
I am a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters, ages 20 and 18. Along with the 20 years experience of motherhood I am a certified Teachers Assistant. I have over 15 years experience working in both the public school systems and for the better part in preschools. I am bilingual and speak Greek as a second language. I absolutely love working with young children. Having the opportunity to watch them grow and flourish is an amazing experience. One of the most wonderful things to see is when the children apply the skills that you have taught them and see the excitement on their faces at their accomplishments. Working here at The Little Village School House feels like a second home. I feel very lucky to be part of a fabulous group of teachers in this wonderful environment. I can’t wait to watch your child grow and flourish!