Wendy Randle
Director of Education

Wendy Randle attended Salve Regina University where she completed a triple major in Administration of Justice, Political Science and Spanish.  Shortly thereafter, she worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT.  Upon returning to RI, Wendy attended Roger Williams University where she completed her degree in Elementary Education.  After graduating in December of 1999 from RWU, Wendy taught fourth grade at Cranston Calvert School in Newport, RI and was then hired as a first grade teacher at Coggeshall School in Newport, RI. While teaching 1st grade for five years, Wendy completed her Masters Degree in School Administration at Providence College.  After graduating with her Masters in May of 2005, Wendy was hired to serve as the Principal of South Elementary in Somerset, MA. 


After marrying her husband Derrick Randle who is in the U. S. Navy, Wendy and her husband moved to Beaufort, SC where she served as a principal of Riverview Charter School and Bolden Elementary/Middle School.  She missed her family and ended up returning to RI where she served as the Principal and Head of School at Paul Cuffee School.  After three years of employment at Paul Cuffee School, Wendy found her dream job at SouthSide Elementary Charter School. Wendy loves the children, families and staff of SouthSide Elementary.  When she is not at SouthSide, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Ella and Bella.  Wendy loves to swim, paddle board, rollerblade and spend time outdoors in nature.  

Adrienne Pontbriand
Executive Assistant

Adrienne Pontbriand has been in the field of education for fifteenen years. Working for several different schools and programs such as The Whitney Academy, Paul Cuffee Upper and Lower School, and Western Hills Middle School. Before getting into the field of education studied Culinary Arts at Johnson and Whales exiting with a degree. She is currently working towards her degree in Early Education with a minor in Special Education. Adrienne enjoys spending time with her family. She has three children. Her eldest daughter attends LaSalle Academy to which is extremely proud of. Her favorite subjects are Science and Math. Adrienne enjoys cooking, playing soccer, and listening to music. Adrienne loves the outdoors and coffee. 

Lourdes DeJesus

Assistant Business Manager

This is my 6th year at Southside as the Assistant Business Manager. I love my job!  I am currently a year away from acquiring my bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rhode Island College. During my free time, I love spending time with my husband and daughter, from watching a movie, playing board games, or going shopping.  

Tamara Diaz, LICSW

Social Worker

I am a visual artist and licensed independent clinical social worker who lives and works in the SouthSide of Providence. I was born in NYC but grew up in Barcelona, Spain. I have been working as a social worker for more than 20 years and began my career working in a shelter for teenage girls as well as other programs in Providence and Philadelphia. I opened my own private practice in 2010 and see children/families ages 3-18 for a variety of reasons including trauma, depression, anxiety or emotional/behavioral issues. I am passionate about art, music, traveling, helping others and my friends/family. I am happy to have worked at SouthSide since 2016. 

Glennys Garcia  
Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Glennys M. Garcia, I

am from the Dominican Republic.

 I have been teaching for 15

years. This is my third school

year with the Southside family. I love teaching, dance and

exercising (gym).  I live here in Providence. My personal quote

is “Teaching with love, fun, and discipline.” 

Sue Rodrigues

Learning Partner

Hi, this is Sue R. This is my 3rd year as a Learning Partner at Southside in the K classroom. I love my team, our class, and I love our family atmosphere here at Southside.  I have worked in the Early Childhood field for over 30 years; pre-k-1st grade.

Corina Best

Learning Partner

My name is Corina Best-Nicolau, I’ve been a French language teacher for a very long time, in my country and in the USA. Now, I’m happy to be a learning partner at SouthSide. I enjoy teaching the kids and see how they grow, learn and have a lot of fun. During my free time, I love to read and hang out with my lovely family

Cluadia Ramos Quintero

First Grade Substitute Teacher

Hello! My name is Claudia Ramos. I am so excited to be joining the SouthSide Team. I was born in Foster City, California. When my father remarried I relocated to Puerto Rico for a year. In August of 1999 I then moved to Orlando, Florida. In 2015, I moved again but to Miami where I meet my husband. I worked at a Charter school as a paraprofessional and then taught Kindergarten for three years when I graduated from FIU with my Bachelor's in Arts. I am the oldest of four children but the only child from both of her biological parents. I love traveling, hiking, and going to the beach. I also love being at home with my husband and cat, and going to the movies. 

1st Grade
Magdalie Prevost
First Grade Learning Partner

Hello, my name is Magdalie Prevost, but all the students call me Ms.Dolly. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I have been working with children over the past 15 years as a mentor through the College Crusade and as a teacher through the YMCA. I have been working as a learning partner at Southside Elementary for three and a half years. I'm currently in the third-grade classroom. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family especially my three children.

2nd grade
Stephanie Amato

2nd Grade Classroom Teacher

Hello! This is my fourth year teaching at Southside, and my third year teaching second grade which I absolutely love! I graduated from Rhode Island College in 2016 with a degree in elementary education. When I am not working, I love to spend time at home with my husband, and our fur babies (Oliver, Remy, and Harley). I also love to travel, shop at consignment/antique stores.

Rachael Maddox

2nd Grade Long-Term Substitute

Rachel Maddox is a non-binary playwright and critical educator with a K-6 teaching credential. A New Jersey native, they spent their formative years in Quaker school before transferring to and ultimately graduating from Princeton Day School in 2012. They moved on to Connecticut College from which they graduated in 2016 with a BA in Theater (Playwriting Concentration) and an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate. Since graduating, Rachel has acquired a wide variety of skills at the intersection of their study of theater and education. They worked in stage management and design on a professional musical production in San Francisco while also working as a Special Education Instructional Support Specialist in the Oakland Unified School District. Upon returning to the East Coast, Rachel worked as a long-term substitute teacher for a 4th/5th grade classroom, and as a teaching artist for Boston-based theater programs throughout the summer. Most recently, Rachel has been working as an artist and technology manager for the Rhode Island Black Storytellers and a freelance teaching artist, while pursuing and developing playwriting.

Diana Gomez
2nd Grade Learning Partner

Hello! I will be joining the team as a learning partner. I have been working in child care for 6 years. I was born in Providence but my cultural roots are from Guatemala and Cambodia. I am the oldest of 3, and I have always taken great care of my family and worked hard to fulfill their needs. I am also a vocalist at my church where I volunteer my time in providing child care as well. 

Kathy Frechette

3rd Grade Classroom Teacher

This my fourteenth year in education.  My experience has ranged from teacher Kindergarten and Fourth Grade, as well as be a founding member of another charter school in Providence. This is my second year at Southside as the first-grade teacher. I will also be taking on the role as the K-5 Literacy Coach in supporting classroom teachers in implementing the reading curriculum.

3rd grade             

Yulisa Tavares
3rd Grade Learning Partner

Hello! My name is Yulisa Tavares and I will be a new learning partner this year. I was born in the
Dominican Republic and migrated to the U.S. when I was 5 years of age. I completed training to
be a teaching assistant in 2014. This is my first year working with Southside Elementary and I
am very excited to be part of this wonderful school. I am happily married with three beautiful
children. I love helping others. In my free time I enjoy playing sports and spending time with my
family. In the summertime we usually travel to the Dominican Republic to enjoy sun, the culture
and quality time with our extended family.
4th Grade
Kia Clement

Learning Partner

Willis Dunbar

4th Grade Teacher

Greetings Southside Elementary Community!


My name is Mr. Dunbar. I am a South Side native and a first generation Liberian-American. I have been living and working in New Jersey for the last 21 years. I have more than 15 years of urban teaching experience.  I come with a Bachelors in English, Masters in Secondary Education and Educational Leadership. My teaching and leadership background has been primarily focused on elementary and junior high school (English Literacy, Social Studies and Science) with experience as a mentorship program coordinator. I started at the Southside Elementary School as a replacement for Mrs. Amato. Working with the second grade was an amazing experience and I look forward to building a solid relationship with all individuals in the South Side community. Thank you!

Michael Figueroa
4th-grade learning partner

I grew up in Puerto Rico and Spanish is my first language. I graduated from Central High school and I studied at The University of Rhode Island. I am part of an amazing dance group called Project 401.

5th grade

Emilee Gowrie
5th Grade Classroom Teacher

This is my second year teaching at SouthSide and I am loving fourth grade so far! I graduated from Providence College this past May with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and am currently working on my Masters in Education. When I am not at school, I love to spend time with my family and friends at home, at the beach or enjoying the outdoors.

Yesennia Rodriguez  
5th Grade Learning Partner

Hi! My name is Yesennia Rodriguez and I’m from Puerto Rico. I graduated in 2009 from UPRP. I also have a Master's Degree in Adult Education and Training in 2014. I’m currently working at Southside since 2016. I have been working for Southside for the last four years in the following positions as a Learning Partner, Third and Fourth Grade teacher also. Right now in Southside, I’m working as an ESL teacher. My hobbies are travel, read, draw, and spend time with my loved ones. I’m looking forward to having an amazing year with my students! 

Music, Art, Physical Education, MLL

Janine A. Lee

Music teacher

I am a vibrant musician, dog lover, gardener, techie, Mom, wife, and educator.

Born in Queens NY, raised in Long Island NY, RI has been my home for a number of years. I attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Music of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia and received the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree. This is my fifth year at SouthSide. I started as a part-time music teacher. Due to also teaching full time at Community Preparatory School and the shortening of the SouthSide school day to 3 pm, I now teach MUSIC & More in the extended day program. I am passionate about fostering the growth of positive individuals in our world through education and experiences. Each school year I look forward to having the opportunity to work with dedicated administrators, staff, and students that stretch my creativity as an educator. 

Melanie Ducharme             

Art Teacher

I’ve been the art teacher at Southside for two and a half years. Also, this is my first year teaching after-school art club. I’m a visual artist who has been exhibiting her work since 2001. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a Masters in Art Education from Rhode Island College. Other fun facts: I practice yoga every day; I love animals (I have a cat named Lexi), and love spending time with friends and family. 

Hannah Resseger     

Physical Education/Music Teacher

My name is Hannah Resseger.  The students call me Miss Hannah or B-Mor (my Hip Hop name).  This is my 3rd year at Southside but I’ve been volunteering and working with youth for 25 years.  I teach PE/Health and Music and I’m also a Learning Partner in 5th grade.  Music and art are my passion.  When I’m not at work or making music I like to go bike riding or hiking with my dogs.  I also love Chinese and Korean Historical Drama.  

Jacqueline Ibarra
Multilingual Specialist


This is my first year of teaching. I attended Rhode Island College and graduated this year. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. On the weekends, I love spending time with my family and friends. During my free time, I enjoy baking, being outdoors, and going to the beach.