Ms. Colarusso is the founding Head of School of Blackstone Valley Prep Elementary 2. She joined the BVP family as a Kindergarten teacher in 2009. Colarusso started her career in education as a Teach for America Corps Member teaching both Kindergarten and First Grade in the urban school district of Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida. A native resident of Massachusetts, Ms. Colarusso holds a dual bachelor's degree in History and Spanish from Regis College and a master's degree from the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is also a graduate of the Principal Residency Network. She has previously worked in both traditional public and public charter schools in her home state.
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Art, Music and P.E.
Raffi Rachdouni, Music
Mr. Rachdouni is very eager to return to BVP for his third year of teaching. At the age of 6, he discovered his love for music while learning to play the piano. Since Mr. Rachdouni graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor's of Music in 2011, he is now pursuing his Master's Degree to further his Music Education. Mr. Rachdouni is extremely excited to continue teaching these bright scholars everything he knows about music.
Katelyn Guignard, Art
Ms. Guignard has a passion for teaching elementary art. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education in 2007. She loves coming to work every day to inspire creativity in the minds of all BVP scholars. She believes that art is an essential part of every scholar's education. She is looking forward to growing the art program at ES2!
Student Support Services
Erika Bento, Nurse
Ms. Bento is a graduate of Rhode Island College School of Nursing. Erika has worked in the NICU at Women and Infants and is currently also a nurse in the Hasbro Emergency department. She is very excited to be part of the BVP team and eager to work with all of the ES2 scholars. Erika resides in Pawtucket with her fiance, dog Stanley, and cats Cooper and Mr. Freeze
Jennifer Duval, Scholar and Family Support Provider
Katie Lorraine, Interventionist
Ms. Lorraine graduated from Rhode Island College in 2011 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a specialization in Special Education (mild/moderate and severe/profound). She is super excited to start the year in her new role as Kindergarten Special Educator. She looks forward to another year filled with lots of learning and many successes!
Subrina Luzzi, Special Educator
Ms. Luzzi was born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island. She is a proud 2004 graduate of Rivier University in Nashua, NH where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Development, and General Special Education. After college, she returned to RI to work for South County Community Action Agency's Head Start Program as a preschool teacher, and, in 2008 she started working as the Special Needs Coordinator. In her free time, Subrina loves to bake, spend time with family and friends, and go to the beach in the summertime.
Casey McIntyre, Special Educator
Ms. McIntyre is a Cumberland native. She is a Rhode Island College graduate with degrees in Elementary Education, Mild/Moderate Special Education and Severe/Profound Special Education. Before coming to BVP, Ms. McIntyre was a substitute teacher at the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative where she worked with children ages 3-21 with severe developmental disabilities.
Eligio Vuono, P.E./Health
Mr. Vuono is the newest addition to BVP's athletic department. He will be joining the ES2 team as a long-term P.E./Health substitute. Mr. V is a 2013 graduate of the University of Rhode Island. Most recently he was working at Chariho High School.