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752 East Road, Tiverton, RI 02878
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Deborah Murphy Raposa - A word from Our Director in Tiverton, RI
Dear Parents and Friends;

As a wife, mother, and student at Roger Williams University, I dreamed about owning and operating a quality child care center and learning facility catering to the needs of youngsters and their parents. Unlike most people, I aggressively pursued my vision, and we opened Sakonnet Early Learning Center as a one-room school house in 1984.

My consistent hard work and dedication to the dream paid off. Today the bright and airy multi-room facility at 752 East Road in Tiverton is a model for what a top-notch early learning center should be.
My accomplishments have also helped hundreds of parents and children throughout the years. In a society composed more and more of a household with two working spouses, a parent’s greatest concern is child care and most significant achievement is finding a facility that places "CHILDREN FIRST."

My staff and I know that the comfort and confidence in knowing their youngster is spending his or her days in a loving, caring environment is priceless. While a degree in the field is a valuable commodity (I hold a degree in education and child psychology) a diploma is secondary when compared to the natural love of children enjoyed by our entire staff.

In closing, I am proud of the facility I built from the ground up. What’s more, I know parents and children will be impressed as well. For this reason, I urge all prospective parents to visit in person. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

With warmest regards,
Deborah Murphy Raposa

Our Staff

S.E.L.C. takes great pride in staffing our facility with loving, caring, and qualified teachers who have a true passion for what they do. The staff is genuinely concerned with meeting your child’s individual developmental needs and helping your child acquire the skills needed to succeed in life.

For your reassurance, every staff member must have C.A.N.T.S. (Child Abuse Networking Tracking System) clearance and be finger-printed through the Local or State Police Department (which includes criminal background checks). Each staff member is also CPR and First Aid-certified for your child’s safety.

With the educational world rapidly evolving, our staff adapts to this changing need by attending numerous child care conferences in attending Professional Development throughout each year.

The key to the success of S.E.L.C. is the communication that exists on a daily basis between the staff and the parents. We support our staff and parents as they strive to balance the demands of work and family.

Meet Our Staff

Deborah Raposa - About Us in Tiverton, RI
Deborah Raposa, Owner/Director
Mrs. Deborah Raposa is the Owner/Director here at SELC. Her birth name is Deborah Marie Murphy. She grew up right here in Tiverton in the Stone Bridge area. Her parent’s house is right on the water, so she was always doing things in the summer like swimming, fishing, and boating. She is the middle child in her family with a sister older and a sister younger. Her mom still resides in her childhood home. Deborah has two grown children, a daughter Kristina and a son Christopher. She is engaged to be remarried.
Deborah graduated from Roger Williams University with a double major in Psychology and Elementary Education. She was a substitute teacher for the Tiverton Preschool before she opened up her own preschool in 1984 in what we now call Room #1. Deborah loves flowers, gardening, knitting, reading, boating, skiing, and traveling. She dislikes feeling overwhelmed and unfriendly people.
Some of Mrs. Raposa’s favorite things:
Places to shop: Talbots, Macy’s, Ann Taylor
Colors: Blue and green
Season: Summer/Fall
Animal: Cats
Sports: Skiing, Swimming, Walking
Flowers: Hydrangeas, Roses, and Lilacs
Jean Alvarez - About Us in Tiverton, RI
Jean Alvarez, Assistance Director
Mrs. Jean Alvarez is the Assistant Director/Office Manager here at SELC. She is married and has two daughters, one step daughter, two grandchildren, two dogs and one cat.
Jean has worked at various child care centers in RI and has been the glue that holds us together here at SELC for 27 years. She loves children, laughter, spending time at the beach/ocean, and her family. She enjoys reading to children, vacationing in warm, sunny places, and Spin Class!! On her lunch break she can be found sitting in her beach chair catching some rays.
Some of Mrs. Alvarez’s favorite things:
Places to shop: Amazon
Color: Red
Season: Summer
Animal: Dogs/Cats
Band: Pink, Jimmy Buffett, and James Bay
Sports: Field Hockey, Baseball and SPIN!!!
Flowers: Any and all flowers
Jennifer Magnan - About Us in Tiverton, RI
Jennifer Magnan, Educational Coordinator
Four Year Old (Room #3) and School Age Teacher
Mrs. Jennifer Magnan is the Educational Coordinator here at SELC, as well as Lead Teacher in Rm #3, one of our Pre-K Classrooms, and the Lead School Age Teacher. She grew up in the Northwest corner of RI in a small town called Burrillville. She attended Elmira College, after high school, where she received her BA in Psychology. She worked at a residential program for adolescent females and as an Assistant Manager for CVS for years before she decided to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
She received her Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Early Childhood from Bridgewater State College in 2003, when she joined the team here at SELC. Jennifer has an older brother, two nephews, two nieces, a beautiful Goddaughter named Kinlee and a loveable dog named Shadow. She has been with her spouse for over 20 years. Jennifer loves home improvement projects, playing with makeup, helping women find their inner BeYOUty, laughing, spending time with her friends and family, and Christmas! She dislikes being late, feeling unorganized, and black licorice.
Some of Mrs. Magnan’s favorite things:
Places to shop: Target and Old Navy
Color: Purple
Food/Drink: Pizza/Iced Coffee
Season: Fall
Band/Song: Kelly Clarkson/80’s and 90’s music
Sports: Football to watch, Golf to play
Flower: Gerbera Daisies
Caitlin Coogan - About Us in Tiverton, RI
Caitlin Hoffman, Pre-K and School Age Teacher
Four Year Old (Room #1)
Mrs. Caitlin Hoffman is the Lead Teacher in Room #1, one of our Pre-K classrooms. She grew up here in Tiverton, was a student at SELC during her preschool years and Mrs. Alvarez was her teacher!!! She now lives in Somerset with her sister and her husband. Caitlin has a Pug, a hamster named Nana and a snake. She was married in Disney in October 2017.
Caitlin graduated in May of 2015 with her BA in Early Childhood Education from Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Before coming to work at SELC she worked with toddlers at the John Boyd Center and preschoolers at the Carter Center for Children. She loves spending time with her family and friends, baking, cooking, and Taylor Swift!!

Some of Mrs. Hoffman’s favorite things:
Places to shop: Target
Color: Mint Green
Food/Drink: Buffalo Chicken and Cupcakes
Season: Fall
Animal: Dogs
Band/Song: Taylor Swift
Flowers: Hydrangeas
Marialice Homan - About Us in Tiverton, RI
Marialice Homan, Pre-K and School Age Teacher
Four Year Old (Room #1)
Mrs. Marialice Homan, Room #1, was born and raised in Newport, RI. She is the oldest of three and has a sister and brother. She has a husband named Craig and five children ranging in age from 14-27. She has two dogs and lives in Tiverton. Marialice has been teaching for 28 years. She began teaching Infants and Toddlers and has her Infant/Toddler CDA. She has spent the past eleven years teaching Pre-K, nine of those eleven here at SELC. Marialice is currently working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education.
Some of Mrs. Homan’s favorite things:
Places to shop: Target
Color: Blue and purple
Food/Drink: Tea/Candy Bars
Season: Fall
Animal: Dogs
Books: Suspense Novels
Sports: Football and hockey (to watch), running
Flowers: Yellow Roses

Kasey Tripp - About Us in Tiverton, RI
Kasey Tripp, Pre-K and School Age Teacher
Three Year Old (Room #5)
Ms. Kasey Tripp, Room #5, grew up in Fall River, MA, with two brothers and one sister. Her family moved to Tiverton 13 years ago where she now owns a duplex with her mom, dad, and fiancé. Kasey is a kid at heart who loves spending time with her niece, Kylie.
She worked as a bus monitor and as a teacher assistant in the one year old room at Bright Ideas before joining us at SELC in December of 2015. She enjoys cleaning her house, watching Pretty Little Liars, and spending time with her fiancé Jordan, her dog Bella and her friends.

Some of Ms. Tripp’s favorite things:
Places to shop: Target
Color: Pink
Food: Pizza
Season: Summer
Books: Pretty Little Liars Series
Band: Spice Girls
Sports: Soccer
Flowers: Roses
Donna Barboza - About Us in Tiverton, RI
Donna Barboza, Toddler Room Teacher
Mrs. Donna Barboza, a Toddler Teacher, grew up in Little Compton, RI. She has been teaching for more than 15 years here at SELC. She has worked with all ages up to school aged children, but has spent most of her time with Toddlers. Donna has been married to her husband Joey for nine years and has two children, Joey and Carissa. She has two dogs named, Caesar and Rosie, and a cat named Samantha. She loves her children, spending time with her family outdoors, weekends, the beach, enjoying life by her pool, planting flowers, and watching movies…but she does not like when people are dishonest.
Some of Ms. Donna’s favorite things are:
Places to shop: Target
Color: Green
Season: Summer
Animal: Dogs, Cats, and Horses
Band: Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton
Flowers: Roses
Nicole Francis, Toddler Room Teacher
Ms. Nicole Francis is the Lead Teacher in our Toddler Room. She was born and raised in Middletown, RI, and attended Middletown public schools. She graduated from Bishop Stang High School in 2012. Nicole has a two year old leopard gecko named Dwight, and recently adopted an eight year old cat named Piper.
She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Community College of Rhode Island in 2016. Nicole has held Toddler positions at KinderArt in Middletown, RI, and the Goddard School in South Kingstown, RI. She also did three semesters of field experience working with children ranging from infants to kindergartners. She loves crocheting and everything Disney, and dislikes traffic and asparagus.

Some of Ms. Nicole’s Favorite Things:
Places to shop: Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Lilly Pulitzer
Color: Purple
Food/Drink: Cheese/Awful Awful
Season: Fall - PUMPKIN EVERYTHING and Halloween!!
Animal: Zebra
Band: Jewel (first concert)/90’s & 00’s pop and alternative
Flowers: Tiger Lillies

Elizabeth Boyer, Three Year Old Teacher
Mrs. Elizabeth Boyer is the Lead Teacher in our Three Year Old room. She grew up out west with a younger brother and prefers wide open spaces. Her interests are varied and sometimes fleeting. Elizabeth is interested in agricultural history viewed through a social sciences lens. She met her husband as an undergrad and thinks that he is awesome. She loves working with children and believes that each day is full of new discoveries.
Some of Mrs. Boyer’s Favorite Things:
Places to shop: Anywhere that sells tasty things to eat
Food: Peanut butter ice cream made with coconut milk
Season: “Muddin’” Season
Books: Funny ones, Mysteries, Suspense…you get the idea!
Band: Anything with a good beat
Sports: Relaxing by a fire, that counts…right?
Flowers: The not too smelly ones

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