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Leadership

SILVIA ACEBEDO

Founder and Executive Director

Miss Silvia with more than 8 years of experience is our Executive Director and founder. She is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English which makes her bilingual. Miss Silvia exhibits a love for learning, collaboration, creativity, and is respectful of children’s interests and development. Throughout her life she has been fascinated with exploring the immense possibilities of sharing knowledge through the implementation of creative methods. As a result of this interest she decided to follow this path of exploration by pursuing a BA (Bachelor’s degree) of Art with a concentration in Graphic Design at the University of Houston. After graduating Miss Silvia moved to Jersey City with one goal in mind: integrating her art background with her goal of becoming an educator. To begin this journey she worked at a public school in Manhattan as a Group Leader in an After School program. After this experience she decided to focus her energy in learning more about child development by pursuing a Master in Education with a concentration in Teaching. While doing her Master's she worked as a Student Teacher at a local Montessori school and, upon completion of the Master's program, Miss Silvia was granted a Certificate in Childcare Management from NYU. Miss Silvia along with the teachers is devoted to providing the appropriate environment and educational guidance that each child needs to develop their unique talents.

RACHAEL O'HARA

Director at the Village Campus

Miss Rachael graduated in May 2010 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as Art History. She is currently working on completing her Masters in Clinical Child Psychology as well as her School Psychology Certification. She has acquired over 10 years of experience working with children either as a nanny or in school settings. Miss Rachael joined Viaquenti Academy in January of 2011; she was our Pre-K teacher for 3 years and became the Director of our Village location in September 2014. She is dedicated to creating a nurturing and creative learning environment for all of our students!

From Miss Rachael:’I have dedicated my life to children and am happy to be a part of the Viaquenti team. I make myself available to our students, staff, and parents at all times to ensure we are provided a positive learning environment!’

LUZ HERNANDEZ

After School Coordinator

Miss Luz moved to Jersey City from the Dominican Republic at the age of four. She is fluent in Spanish and English making her a valuable team member of our Bilingual and Spanish Immersion Programs. Miss Luz joined Viaquenti Academy on April 2011 as an assistant teacher in the Early Preschool classroom at our Village location. She also worked with preschool students and later became our Head Teacher for the Pre-K/Kindergarten After School program. During Miss Luz’s time as part of the Viaquenti family she has proven to be a person of high standards, loyal to our programs, and reliable, which is why since 2015 she assumed the role of After School coordinator. Additionally she is in charge of implementing age appropriate lesson plans for Pre-k /Kindergarten students for our Spanish Immersion After School Program. Prior to working at Viaquenti, Miss Luz worked with children for almost 3 years and worked at the Jersey City Board of Education for almost a year. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree at Saint Peter’s University towards her Education degree, has taken several courses at Hudson Community College and holds a CPR certification. 

From Miss Luz: ‘Viaquenti has been more than a job for me throughout these years. I have learned a lot professionally being part of Viaquenti Academy and they have allowed me to grow in different positions due to my involvement and commitment to the school. Every day walking into the school is a surprise because we get to meet new faces and be a part of all the funny things kids say and do. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my two toddlers at the park or relaxing home and watching movies. My favorite hobbies are writing, drawing, watching movies and spending time to myself.’

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