Career and Technical Education Administrative Assistant — ext. 321
Arianna Mendez started her career at BrightStars as an intern in February 2022 before joining RIAEYC in May as the Administrative Assistant for Career and Technical Education. Arianna introduces herself as having seven years of Early Childhood classroom experience. Prior to joining RIAEYC Arianna has taught in several childcare centers and experience working with K-6th in Rhode Island. Arianna holds certificates in the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS) at the classroom level in addition to her paraprofessional certification.
Arianna is deeply committed to guiding educators throughout their academic careers. Arianna participated in the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program at the Community College of Rhode Island, which provided her with a memorable opportunity – free tuition to study and pursue her ultimate desire to support others. Arianna earned an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development. She then continued her education at Rhode Island College to pursue a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Community Programs and Psychology.