Selena was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. Selena attended progressive elementary, high and university institutions in Manhattan. Selena is the proud mother of two sons who are both growing up in Placencia. Selena’s combination of a Master’s in Social Work and Public Policy gives her a unique outlook on school leadership. She is excited and honored to have an opportunity to contribute towards high quality, child-centered education in Placencia. Selena is the founder and leader of PIA.
Standard 5-6 Advisor and Language Arts Teacher
Carly DeBrita is Canadian, in her second year of teaching at PIA. She is originally from Canada. Her background includes a BA in Childhood and Social Institutions graduating with distinction, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education, grades 1-9, with focus on English Language Arts and ESL (English as a Second Language). Carly has taught a variety of age groups from Kinder-Adults in Thailand, Canada, Australia and Belize. She is extremely passionate about all of her students and their ability to succeed.
Infant 2-Standard 1 Advisor & Science Teacher
Loretta was born and raised in Independence Village, Stann Creek District. Loretta graduated from Independence Junior College as Valedictorian in 2010. Later she moved to Belmopan City, Belize’s capital, to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management. Soon after, Loretta obtained a scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Natural Resources Management at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Ms. Logan is the guardian of Evelyn, who is entering her second year in the EC classroom.
Early Childhood Montessori Lead Teacher
Janet Knight is British born and educated in Bedfordshire, England, where she taught for 10 years. On moving to Telluride, Colorado, USA in 1987, she pursued her passion for teaching by founding New Frontiers Nature School, offering a British Nursery/Primary curriculum. Relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen in 2000, Mrs. Knight received an invitation to help found a Montessori strand within the public school system. Awarded a scholarship, she completed her Montessori credential through the University of Denver. Mrs. Knight is delighted to bring Montessori education to PIA as Lead teacher for the Early Childhood classroom(s). In 2017 she will celebrate 40 years as an educator!
Ms. Shelly Redden
Social Studies to all levels & reading pull out
Shelly Redden is a US citizen with extensive experience in Southern Belize, having taught in Sittee River and Dangriga. As a highly trained progressive, student centered teacher, Ms. Redden is an exciting new addition to PIA’s staff. Ms. Redden has a Masters’ in Teaching.
Ms. Tracy Edwards
Standard 3-4 Advisor and Math Teacher
Tracy Edwards is Canadian and has taught for 20 years at all levels from Kindergarten to High School. She has a BA and a Masters’ in Education. Her experience lies exclusively in progressive, student-centered schools. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Edwards to the PIA Team!
Kirwin Ramirez is a youth worker extrodinare from Seine Bight. Mr. Ramirez has worked with PIA for four years. Kirwin is a naturally talented and motivated youth leader that encourages students to take a leadership role. Kirwin loves music and sports, and his motto is, “Giving up is NOT an option”. He provides all PE classes and assists with trips and events.
Ms. Monique Vernon
Monique Vernon is a Placencian, with a BA in Natural Resource Management from University of Belize. Her science research background, experience with out of school learning in marine and terrestrial environments and growth mindset are invaluable additions to the office and overall school management.
Lower Primary Assistant Teacher
Reuben Cal is finishing his third year at PIA. He has held increasing levels of responsibility at PIA. This year he will be assisting in the Computer Lab, in classrooms and managing the facility needs. His son, Wilburt, begins his first year at PIA in the EC classroom.
Kendra Muschamp is from Independence. This is her second year with PIA. She brings high student behavioral expectations, willing hands and an engaging laugh! In addition to her classroom and outside supervision responsibilities, Ms. Muschamp will be attending every PE session and assisting Mr. Ramirez.
Chara Gladden is a Belizean-American joining PIA from the Bronx, NY. She has four years experience in the preschool setting. Her daughter, Kasanie, and step-daughter, Nyah, will be attending PIA. She will assist in the EC classrooms.
Lynn Upham lives in Placencia, is the owner of Pickled Parrot, and is a retired Art Teacher from New Jersey. Ms. Lynn has worked with PIA for the past four years.
Silvano Coc is from Red Bank Village in the Stann Creek District. He has lived in Placencia for over a year. Silvano is excited to work and live surrounded by such beauty. Silvano is PIA’s caretaker, and he lives on site.