TFS Welcomes Asst. Principal Rivera

TFS is delighted to introduce Mrs. Luz Rivera as its new assistant principal
Luz Rivera

The Friendship School (TFS) has selected dedicated educator Luz Rivera as its new assistant principal.

Rivera, of New London, was previously the dual language instructional coach at Jennings Elementary School in her hometown. She is fully fluent in English and Spanish and has worked extensively with communities in Connecticut and Puerto Rico. Her role at TFS will be her first as an assistant principal, where she will serve as the second highest administrator for more than 500 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.

“As educators, we commit to making sure all students have access to high quality education and services,” Rivera said. “Children should be happy and they learn best when their imagination is given the freedom to explore and find out for themselves how the world works.”

Rivera’s education philosophy meshes well with TFS, an interdistrict magnet school that draws students from throughout southeastern Connecticut to its Waterford location. The school has an inquiry-based theme where students are encouraged to ask questions, explore their creativity, and develop social and emotional skills in a nurturing environment.

Principal Andrea Simmons called Rivera a dedicated educator who has demonstrated a commitment to young learners.

“We are thrilled to have Luz Rivera on board,” Simmons said. “She has been a contributor to education at the state and national level and we are excited for her to get to know the TFS staff, children, and their families.”

Rivera has a B.A. in English and elementary and secondary education from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master’s degree from Cambridge College in Boston, and her sixth year degree in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University. She has more than 17 years of experience working with students of all levels, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.

At TFS, Rivera will put her experience to good use. The school is one of the largest early childhood schools to earn National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation. It is a diverse school and also serves a significant number of special education students.

“Education is my passion and I believe that together, with the families and amazing staff at TFS, we can make a difference in the lives of many children,” Rivera said.

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