AmeriCorps Team Members

Learn about this year’s AmeriCorps Team!  We are so grateful to have this team with us!

2018-2019 Education Fellows Bios                               The Learning Community

BETSY ARAUJO Betsy Araujo will be joining the AmeriCorps Education Fellow Program at the Learning Community for the 2018-2019 school year. She worked as a youth worker last year at Learning Community, where she also found her passion in teaching. She studies at the University of Rhode Island and will continue her education there in hopes of becoming a teacher. On her free time she enjoys doing makeup and watching Netflix.
JESS ARTIGLIERE Jess Artigliere is an artist and educator living in Providence, Rhode Island. She studied studio art at Providence College, graduating with a BA in 2017. In addition to her studio practice, Jess is also an active member of her community. Last year, she served as an AmeriCorps artist in residence at Roger Williams Middle School, utilizing arts literacy and design thinking project-based learning to increase students’ habits of engagement. Jess is excited to continue working with youth as an Education Fellow at The Learning Community.
JAQUE COBB Jaque’ Cobb is from Boston Massachusetts. She moved to Rhode Island two years ago. Prior to this year she has worked as a 7th grade Science Teacher in Providence. This year she will be working as a Ed Fellow with AmeriCorps. Jaque has been in the education field for ten years. In her years of working with students the ages have ranged from preschool to high school. She has a  B.A in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s in Special Ed Elementary. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing and event planning. Her goal is to become an Elementary school teacher.
MOIRA CROCKER Moira is returning to the Learning Community as an AmeriCorps Education Fellow for the 2018-2019 school year. She’s working part-time while enrolled in masters programs in Elementary Education and ELD at the University of Rhode Island. She earned her undergraduate degree in Linguistics from Boston College and currently lives in Providence.
HALEY DELGRECO Haley is from South Windsor, Connecticut. She loves hiking and spending time with her poodle, named Charles. Two fun facts about her, she used to train service dogs and  recently traveled to Greece!
KATE GASPER Kate recently graduated from Boston University with a degree in biology and a minor in philosophy. She has  volunteered in a school in the past, and is excited to learn more about teaching. Kate is looking forward to joining The Learning Community this year!
CATERINA LAROCCA  Catie received her bachelors degree in Biology from the Univerity of Rhode Island in December of 2017. Immediately after she traveled to California and worked in the Redwood National Park as an intern for several months. Catie is excited to pursue a different interest at the Learning Community and is excited for all of the opportunities the coming year will hold. In her personal time Catie is a beekeeper and is trying to learn the saxophone. She has worked with kids through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation as well as Special Olympics.
MACKENZIE LAWLER Mackenzie is a recent graduate from URI, having earned her Bachelor’s in Art History, with a minor in English. She strongly believes in the importance of lifelong learning, and hopes to inspire others to feel the same. Mackenzie is particularly passionate about art and creative endeavors, and practices digital painting, embroidery, and illustration as outlets for that passion.”
AMBUR LEE Ambur is originally from Seattle, Washington. I have live in New England for a couple years now and confidently say that I prefer the Pacific Northwest hands down! I have abundant love for people and enjoy engaging youth, because they are the future! I dream of working intimately in communities of color to help lead the journey of healing and reconciliation. I have worked mostly with babies and toddlers in home childcare. I look forward and am excited to walk alongside young students and learn with them!
JOAN PICCOLI Joan has worked with children for 30 years and has raised her 3 children as a single parent. She helped raise her 2 oldest grandchildren as well. She has taught children how to speak English and received most of her training through AmeriCorps and URI and CCRI.  Joan is excited to do another term of service with AmeriCorps and to work with the students at MLK Elementary School in Providence.
ANA RODRIGUEZ Ana is from Central Falls, Rhode Island. She is an alum from the Learning Community and is now currently attending Rhode Island College. She is majoring in Elementary/Special Education. She is excited to start working for AmeriCorps Program and can’t wait to participate at The Learning Community Charter School
RAINHA SOARES Hi everyone! My name is Rainha Soares. A recent graduate of The University of Rhode Island with a degree in Health Sciences. I am from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. I’m so excited to begin 2018 as an Education fellow! My long term goal is to become an early childhood teacher, so I can’t wait to learn as much as I can from this experience!
Kassidy Williams Kassidy joins us this 2018-19 academic year as one of our Education Fellows. She is a recent graduate of New York University where she received her degree in English Education. Kassidy has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember and after studying abroad in Ghana, has developed a passion for domestic and international service. She hopes one day to create her own program for students in the United States to travel to developing countries and work on service projects. She is on her way to becoming fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language and loves ballroom dancing.
BENJAMIN LOPEZ Benjamin Lopez-Carton is the Progressive Education VISTA. He graduated from Roger Williams University with a major in Political Science. He has a mind for public policy and hopes one day to be involved in the legislative process. Ever the musician, he has yet to find a surface he couldn’t drum on and can often be heard humming a tune.
Kari Perr Kari (rhymes with “fairy”) is looking forward to serving as the Learning Community Middle Grades Integrated Studies and Social Justice VISTA this year. Kari is passionate about finding innovative ways to address the social determinants of health in our community. Kari has a background in health, education, and social services as well as a degree in Health Studies focused in Health Education and Cultural Competence in Healthcare. After school, Kari can be found making bad puns, tinkering with craft supplies, and exploring the world with tiny adventures and big conversations.
Diana Figueroa

I was born and raised in Central Falls and I am very excited to be involved in the Learning Community as VISTA for Community Engagement. I recently graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s in Historic Preservation and a minor in Urban Studies. I grew a love for photography and travelling when studying abroad in Barcelona and my goal is to someday explore every continent! But for now, you can catch me watching Netflix in the comfort of my home.

Kathleen Morrissey

Kathleen joined the Learning Community as a Research and Data VISTA in 2019. Having previously lived and worked in Burlington, VT; Cork, Ireland; and Brooklyn, NY; she’s excited to make the most of her time in the Ocean State. In addition to bird watching, foraging, and cooking, Kathleen is passionate about making data sciences and environmental technology equally accessible to all communities. She hopes that her time with The Learning Community will be a step towards a greener and more engaged environment for us all.