MEET OUR STAFF

Wendy Randle
Director of Education
wrandle@southsideelementary.org

Wendy Randle attended Salve Regina University where she completed a triple major in Administration of Justice, Political Science and Spanish.  Shortly thereafter, she worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT.  Upon returning to RI, Wendy attended Roger Williams University where she completed her degree in Elementary Education.  After graduating in December of 1999 from RWU, Wendy taught fourth grade at Cranston Calvert School in Newport, RI and was then hired as a first grade teacher at Coggeshall School in Newport, RI. While teaching 1st grade for five years, Wendy completed her Masters Degree in School Administration at Providence College.  After graduating with her Masters in May of 2005, Wendy was hired to serve as the Principal of South Elementary in Somerset, MA. 

 

After marrying her husband Derrick Randle who is in the U. S. Navy, Wendy and her husband moved to Beaufort, SC where she served as a principal of Riverview Charter School and Bolden Elementary/Middle School.  She missed her family and ended up returning to RI where she served as the Principal and Head of School at Paul Cuffee School.  After three years of employment at Paul Cuffee School, Wendy found her dream job at SouthSide Elementary Charter School. Wendy loves the children, families and staff of SouthSide Elementary.  When she is not at SouthSide, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Ella and Bella.  Wendy loves to swim, paddle board, rollerblade and spend time outdoors in nature.  

Sindy Gomez
Executive Assistant
sgomez@southsideelementary.org
Hola! My name is Sindy Gomez and this is my first year at SouthSide. I am very excited to work with you all in all my roles. I am a proud graduate of Blackstone Academy Charter School, a parent at The Learning Community Charter School, and worked 9 years at Paul Cuffee Charter School. I also studied Legal Studies and Spanish Literature at Roger Williams University. In my spare time, I love going out with my husband and two children and playing music with my son. 
Glennys Garcia  
Kindergarten Teacher

ggarcia@southsideelementary.org

My name is Glennys M. Garcia, I

am from the Dominican Republic.

 I have been teaching for 15

years. This is my third school

year with the Southside family. I love teaching, dance and

exercising (gym).  I live here in Providence. My personal quote

is “Teaching with love, fun, and discipline.” 

Lourdes DeJesus

Assistant Business Manager

ldejesus@southsideelementary.org

This is my 6th year at Southside as the Assistant Business Manager. I love my job!  I am currently a year away from acquiring my bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rhode Island College. During my free time, I love spending time with my husband and daughter, from watching a movie, playing board games, or going shopping.  

Tamara Diaz, LICSW

Social Worker

tdiaz@southsideelementary.org

I am a visual artist and licensed independent clinical social worker who lives and works in the SouthSide of Providence. I was born in NYC but grew up in Barcelona, Spain. I have been working as a social worker for more than 20 years and began my career working in a shelter for teenage girls as well as other programs in Providence and Philadelphia. I opened my own private practice in 2010 and see children/families ages 3-18 for a variety of reasons including trauma, depression, anxiety or emotional/behavioral issues. I am passionate about art, music, traveling, helping others and my friends/family. I am happy to have worked at SouthSide since 2016. 

KINDERGARTEN
Sue Rodrigues

Learning partners

@southsideelementary.org

Hi, this is Sue R. This is my 3rd year as a Learning Partner at Southside in the K classroom. I love my team, our class, and I love our family atmosphere here at Southside.  I have worked in the Early Childhood field for over 30 years; pre-k-1st grade.

Corina Best

Learning Partner

cbest@southsideelementary.org

My name is Corina Best-Nicolau, I’ve been a French language teacher for a very long time, in my country and in the USA. Now, I’m happy to be a learning partner at SouthSide. I enjoy teaching the kids and see how they grow, learn and have a lot of fun. During my free time, I love to read and hang out with my lovely family

Kathy Frechette

1st Grade Classroom Teacher

kfrechette@southsideelementary.org

This my fourteenth year in education.  My experience has ranged from teacher Kindergarten and Fourth Grade, as well as be a founding member of another charter school in Providence. This is my second year at Southside as the first-grade teacher. I will also be taking on the role as the K-5 Literacy Coach in supporting classroom teachers in implementing the reading curriculum.

Angelo Costa

Learning Partner

acosta@southsideelementary.org

My name is Angelo Costa. I was born and raised in Providence. I am a graduate of Central High School. I went on to receive my bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island where

I studied Textile Marketing and Design. 

Lauren LaFlesh

2nd-grade student teacher

Hello! This is my first-semester student teaching, and I’m in Mrs. Frechette’s 1st-grade class. I’m currently getting my Master’s in Teaching from USC. I grew up in Puerto Rico and Spanish is my first language. I graduated from Central High school and I studied at The University of Rhode Island.

1st Grade
Kia Clement

Learning Partner

kclement@southsideelementary.org

2nd grade
Stephanie Amato

2nd Grade Classroom Teacher

sgatta@southsideelementary.org

Hello! This is my fourth year teaching at Southside, and my third year teaching second grade which I absolutely love! I graduated from Rhode Island College in 2016 with a degree in elementary education. When I am not working, I love to spend time at home with my husband, and our fur babies (Oliver, Remy, and Harley). I also love to travel, shop at consignment/antique stores.

Ronekka Hazard

3rd Grade Classroom Teacher

rhazard@southsideelementary.org

Hi, my name is Ms. Hazard! I graduated from The University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in 2009 and have been in the education field ever since. I have worked with a variety of grades but Third Grade is my passion!

Michael Figueroa
2nd-grade learning partner

I grew up in Puerto Rico and Spanish is my first language. I graduated from Central High school and I studied at The University of Rhode Island. I am part of an amazing dance group called Project 401.

3rd grade             

Magdalie Prevost

Hello, my name is Magdalie Prevost, but all the students call me Ms.Dolly. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I have been working with children over the past 15 years as a mentor through the College Crusade and as a teacher through the YMCA. I have been working as a learning partner at Southside Elementary for three and a half years. I'm currently in the third-grade classroom. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family especially my three children.

4th Grade
Emilee Gowrie
4th Grade Classroom Teacher

egowrie@southsideelementary.org

This is my first year teaching at SouthSide and I am loving fourth grade so far! I graduated from Providence College this past May with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and am currently working on my Masters in Education. When I am not at school, I love to spend time with my family and friends at home, at the beach or enjoying the outdoors.

Yamilex Filpo
Learning Partner
yfilpo@southsideelementary.org
Hi Everyone, My name is Yamilex Filpo and
this is my first year at Southside. I am the learning partner for 4th grade! I graduated from The University of Rhode Island in 2017 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Leadership studies. On my free time, I love to spend time with family and friends, relaxing and go out on nature walks/hikes. 
Allison Menard

Special Education Teacher

amenard@southsideelementary.org

Yesennia Rodriguez  
ESL/Spanish Teacher
yrodriguez@southsideelementary.org
Dr. Leanne Nyakoon               

Occupational Therapy

lnyakoon@southsideelementary.org

Jacqueline Ibarra
5th Grade Classroom Teacher

jibarra@southsideelementary.org

Chavelin Romero

Office Manager

cromero@southsideelementary.org

Hannah Resseger     

Physical Education/Music Teacher

hressenger@southsideelementary.org

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