Nancy Rivera
Elementary Spanish Teacher
"It is a gift to see the children each day and to watch them grow. I love sharing Spanish with them, and the most rewarding part of my work is seeing their smiles and their joy."

Nancy joined the MSGH team over ten years ago. She spent one year as a substitute teacher while her son attended MSGH, before moving the following year into the Primary Two classroom with Kathy Aldridge. During her second year with Kathy, Nancy was quickly identified as having “it” and was asked to train as an AMI primary teacher with the hopes that she could fill the role of MSGH’s first full-time Spanish teacher when the Spanish program would launch. Much to the delight of the community, Nancy accepted this invitation to train and began her AMI education. In 2006, Señora Rivera, began her work with the children in all of the MSGH classrooms. Over the years, the program has evolved to include bi-lingual toddler communities, and Nancy oversees that programming and the development of the assistants in the toddler classrooms. Augmenting her daily work in the classroom, she also supports the elementary children as they venture out to explore the Spanish community in and around Hartford to practice their Spanish and engage in community service.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Nancy earned her BA with a concentration in Sociology from the Universidad de Santa Domingo. Her AMI teaching diploma is from the Montessori Training Center of New England.

In her free time, she enjoys relaxing at the beach or in nature. Above all, however, she enjoys her time spent with family.