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Join Our Team!

La Escuelita Arcoiris is growing! We are seeking out Mentor, Lead and Assistant Educators that have a love for language and the great outdoors! Does that sound like you? We'd love to meet. Click below to view a full description of these exciting opportunites.

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Meet Our Team

Staff at La Escuelita Arcoiris have lived and worked all around the globe and bring to our team a wide range of experience and expertise. We are united by our love of language, respect for nature and our (((interest in getting that knowledge to your kids (teaching method/child care technique/yada yada))). Read below to get to know some fun facts about our dedicated team.

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Megan Rooney -Founder

Megan is from Portland, Oregon. She studied Spanish in college and became fluent by travelling in Mexico and throughout Central and South America after she graduated. After founding and leading La Escuelita for 10 years, she returned to university and finished a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education.

In her free time, Megan loves being on the water, from our local 3 rivers to camping on lakes and the ocean. She plays an old-time fiddle and enjoys watching dancing feet move to her beat. She is passionate about the power of storytelling to make human connections and inspire empathy and perspective to help us confront problems.

When asked why she choose to found a preschool, Megan responded:

"I love this fantastical phase of life from 0-5 years old. Before the logic seeps in, humans are innocent, spontaneous, curious investigators. They are natural dancers and musicians. I love to think that this spirit remains strong if celebrated and fomented throughout the early years.

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Walkiria Preston -Director of Education

Let us introduce you to our Director, Walki Preston. Walki's family is from Uruguay. Growing up, Spanish was her home language and she spoke English at school. Walki called Pittsburgh home when she moved here for university, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Point Park University and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from California University of PA. She has been a dedicated La Escuelita employee for over a decade familiarizing herself with each of our 4 age groups, gaining expertise as Director of two local childcare facilities, and returning to La Escuelita as Director of Education in 2020. 

 

When asked why she chose to work with preschoolers, Walki responded:

It's amazing to be able to witness the transformation in a person within the first 6 years of their lives.  To be able to scaffold their learning by providing the right tools, support, and guidance is my favorite part of my role as an educator.  I feel honored to be able to witness "Ah-ha moments", when something just clicks, and they become motivated to want to learn more about it!

 

In her free time, Walki most enjoys sitting outside on a breeze day, reading a book, exploring nature, and hiking with her family. She also enjoys finding new places to eat in the ever-growing culinary scene here in Pittsburgh. 

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Jannina Agip - Educator

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Leila Ballout - Educator

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Denysse Rivas - Educator

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Katherine Eiswert - Educator

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Itza Garza - Educator

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Barbara Perez - Educator

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Fernanda Vazquez - Educator

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Alejandra Urbaez - Educator

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Julianna Warner - Educator

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Ellen Tafel - Director of Operations

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Megan Rooney - Founder & Creative Guide

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Alana DeGregory - Administrative Assistant

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Teresa Lurati - Volunteer

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Teresa Lurati - Volunteer

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Teresa Lurati - Volunteer

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