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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, OwnerDirector
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 has two cats named Murph and Syd. 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:
o Places to Shop: Talbots, Macy’s, Ann Taylor
o Colors/; Blue and green
o Season: Summer/Fall
o Animal: Cats
o Sports: Skiing, swimming, walking
o Flowers: Hygrangeas, Roses, and Lilacs
Jean Alvarez, Assistance Director
Jean Alvarez, Assistance Director - Mrs. Jean Alvarez is the Assistant Director/Office Manager here at SELC. She was born and raised in Tiverton, the youngest girl in a family of 11. 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 the past 25 years. She loves children, laughter, spending time at the beach/ocean, and her family. She enjoys reading to children, teaching swimming lessons, and vacationing in warm, sunny places. She has recently taken up golf and has already managed to break a few of her husband’s clubs! On her lunch break she can be found sitting in her beach chair catching some rays.
Some of Mrs. Alvarez’s favorite things:
o Places to shop: Amazon
o Color: Red
o Season: Summer
o Animal: Cheetah
o Band/Song: Pink and Jimmy Buffett
o Sports: Field Hockey and Baseball
o Flowers: Any and all flowers
Jennifer Magnan, Educational Coordinator
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 a four year old and school age teacher. She grew up in the Northwest corner of RI in a small town called Burrillville. She was fortunate enough to spend her summers on Webster Lake fishing, swimming, water skiing, and whatever else the 11 cousins could find to do. 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 to become a teacher.
She received her Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education from Bridgewater State College in 2003, when she joined the team here at SELC. Jennifer’s parents still live in her childhood home. She has an older brother, two nephews and two nieces. She has been married for five years and has been with her spouse for 18. Jennifer loves home improvement projects, golf, reading, singing (super loud) in the car, laughing, spending time with her friends and family, and anything that will help her turn her black thumb green! She dislikes being late, feeling unorganized, black licorice, and fruit flies!
Some of Mrs. Magnan’s favorite things:
o Places to shop: Target and Old Navy
o Color: Purple
o Food/Drink: Veggies/Fruit infused water
o Season: Fall
o Band/Song: Kelly Clarkson and anything 80’s or 90’s
o Sports: Football to watch, Golf to play
o Flower: Gerbera Daisies and Sunflowers
Caitlin Coogan
Caitlin Coogan, Four Year Old (Room #3), Pre-K and School Age Teacher - Ms. Caitlin Coogan is the Lead Teacher in Room #3, one of our Pre-K classrooms, as well as a school age teacher. 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 Fall River with her sister and her boyfriend. Caitlin has two dogs: a Jack Russell Terrier and a Pug.

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 Ms. Coogan’s favorite things:
o Places to shop: Target
o Color: Blue
o Food/Drink: Cupcakes
o Season: Summer
o Animal: Dogs
o Band/Song: Taylor Swift
o Sports: Tennis
o Flowers: Hydrangeas
Christine Botelho
Christine Botelho, School Age Teacher, Floater - Mrs. Christine Botelho is the Lead Teacher in our School Age program and a Floater here at SELC. She grew up in Tiverton where she now resides with her husband of 10 years, George, her six year old son Ian, and their cats Mama and Gwen. Christine has worked at several child care centers with ages from Toddler to School Age. She has also worked for Verizon, Faxon Animal Rescue League, and was fortunate enough to stay home with her son for two years. She worked here at SELC from 1996-1999, and returned to us in 2011. Christine loves Aruba, reading, photography, her son Ian, dragonflies, and gardening. She dislikes snow and mornings.

Some of Mrs. Botelho’s favorite things:
o Places to shop: Target and Toys R’ Us
o Color: Yellow
o Food/Drink: Italian, Mexican/Iced coffee
o Season: Summer
o Animals: Pigs, cows and giraffes
o Band/Song: Country, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney
o Sports: Football
o Flowers: Sunflowers, Calla Lillies & Gerbera Daisies
Marialice Homan
Marialice Homan, Four Year Old (Room #1) Teacher - Mrs. Marialice Homan, Room #1, was born and raised in Newport, where her parents still reside. 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 24-12. She has two dogs and lives in Tiverton. Marialice has been teaching for 25 years. She began teaching Infants and Toddlers and has her Infant/Toddler CDA. She has spent the last seven years teaching Pre-K, five of those seven here at SELC.
Marialice is currently working toward to her degree in Early Childhood Education.

Some of Mrs. Homan’s favorite things:
o Color: Blue and purple
o Food: Pasta
o Season: Fall
o Animal: Dogs
o Books: Suspense novels
o Sports: Football and hockey (to watch), running

Lisa Searles
Lisa Searles, Three Year Old Teacher - Mrs. Lisa Searles is the Lead Teacher in Room #5, our Preschool classroom. She grew up in Springville, PA with two older brothers and a younger sister. She started her preschool career when she took over the Mom’s Day Out program at a former church. She worked at Wee Whalers in Nantucket for several years and then joined SELC in 1998. Lisa has been married to her husband, Bill, for almost 32 years. They have two boys-Brian, 27, and Ben, 23, and a dog named Jake.
Lisa loves her family, lighthouses, covered bridges, hummingbirds, singing, going to church, travel, roller coasters, taking walks and Zumba.

Some of Mrs. Searles’ favorite things:
o Places to shop: Online
o Color: Periwinkle Blue
o Food: Gluten and sugar free
o Season: Fall
o Animal: Dogs
o Band/Song: 80’s music
o Sports: Nascar
o Flowers: Hydrangeas, morning glories, roses
Kasey Tripp
Kasey Tripp, Three Year Old (Room #5) Teacher - Ms. Kasey Tripp, Room #5, grew up in Fall River, MA, with two brothers and one sister. Her family moved to Tiverton 12 years ago where she now owns a duplex with her mom, dad, and boyfriend. Kasey is a kid at heart who loves spending time with her four year old niece, Kylie.

Kasey has 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. She enjoys cleaning her house, Watching Pretty Little Liars, and spending time with her family and friends.
Some of Ms. Tripp’s favorite things:
o Places to shop: Target
o Color: Pink
o Food: Pizza
o Season: Summer
o Books: Pretty Little Liars Series
o Band: Spice Girls
o Sports: Soccer
o Flowers: Roses
Donna Barboza
Donna Barboza, Toddler Room Teacher - Mrs. Donna Barboza, a Toddler Teacher, grew up in Little Compton with her parents, and sister. She has been teaching for 15 years, all of them at SELC. She has worked with ages up to school aged children but has spent most of her time with our Toddlers. Donna has been married to her husband Joey for seven years and has two children, Joey and Carissa. She has two dogs named Caesar and Rosie, and 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:
o Places to shop: Target and Wrentham Village
o Color: Green
o Food/Drink: Buffalo tenders/Iced tea
o Season: Summer
o Animals: Dogs, cats, and horses
o Band/Song: Luke Bryan
o Flower: Rose

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