My name is Patricia and I am from Ecuador, I love to work with kids and I am excited to work at Super Kickers, although it will be my first time working here, I am sure I will have lots of fun with my kids (that’s how I see the kids I work with) I am a teacher assistant for the last 3 years. I am currently working at Our Lady of Fatima school, in the Early Childhood division. I work with children ages 3-4 years old, but I have worked with children from 3 months of age to 10 years. I have an Associate degree in business management and continued my studies at Baruch College.
I am a kind, honest, and very responsible person and most importantly I love watching the children smile and sing. Every smile I see in them I know I'm doing a good job. I also love working in a group and collaborating with them, always giving the best of me.
"I am very excited to work at Super Kickers and I cannot wait to start"
Pre K 4 Full Time
Mariela Ortiz - Pre K 4 Full Time
My name is Mariela Ortiz, I was born in the Dominican Republic and I’m 27 years old. I came to the United states when I two years old. My position at Super kickers will be Head Teacher, I will be working with the Preschoolers and I will be introducing them to a variety of activities. I’m in the process of obtain my degree in Early childhood education at Borough of Manhattan Community College. As a child I was always a curious learner and I was always asking questions. I love to explore new things and I enjoy nature. Learning through nature is one of the things I enjoy and I know children do to. My first experience working with children started at Hanover Child Care. I spend six years working with infants to preschoolers as assistant teacher. My experience at Hanover child care was fulling. I then, transition to a Montessori school in long Island City where I learned different approaches in educating children. One method that I learned is how children can use real materials to explore their functions and environment. I currently work at Mi Nuevo Mundo as an assistant teacher in Universal pre kindergarten. Working for universal Pre kindergarten has been a great experience because I enjoy interacting with children. One of the things that I enjoy is exploring new things and being able to do that with children is extraordinary. For instances, learning about why the seasons change or why a caterpillar becomes a butterfly makes learning fun. One of the themes that I introduce to my students was plants. During this theme the students learned what a plant is and what are the parts of a plant. They also learned how to plant a seed and how to take care of plant. As an activity I used a game where the students would have to place the parts of the plant together. Another activity that we did was placing soil into a box and placing seeds. The students would count the seeds that were in the soil and name what seed it is. Another activity that I did was making different flowers using papers plates, pipe cleaner, cups, and other materials. This summer being able to teach at Super Kickers will be an adventure that I will enjoy. I'm very excited to meet the wonderful new students. We are going to have a great summer camp full of fun and new experiences.
Pre K 4 Class 2
Rafaela - Pre-4 Class 2
I'm Rafaela Velloso, a 27 years old who loves teaching! I am an undergrad student completing my bachelors in childhood education. Working with children has been my passion. I feel honored to be a part of each child's progress and growth! I become energized when surrounded by their conversation and creativity.
Working with children is rewarding in many ways, but also very challenging at times. Kids teach us patience, virtue, peace, calm, the value of time and many other qualities that contribute to the smile on my face and overall job satisfaction.
My field placements, have afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of ages and cognitive abilities. Each was a memorable experience and having the chance to work at Super Kickers has given me the privilege to work with what I love.
Kam - Kindergarten Class teacher
Hi my name is Coach Kam and I’m a assistant coach at Super Kickers. I was born in Guyana and I moved to America when I was two years old. I’ve been working at Super Kickers for a year and I can honestly say it’s been a life changing experience.
Being able to work with children hands on really taught me so much, especially when it comes to helping the children and capturing their attention. I’m so passionate about becoming a teacher, Super Kickers has guided me into my career path. I just graduated Queens Borough Community College with my Associates Degree, and I plan on transferring to Queens College to finish up my Bachelors in childhood education.
At Super Kickers it’s always a fun experience for the kids and myself! Whatever activity it is I always try my best to make the kids feel comfortable and excited. Being able to see the big smiles and the love the kids have motivates me to keep pushing to become a teacher. Having the opportunity to work with kids with different personalities from all over the world is the most exhilarating feeling ever!
Carol - Kinder/1st Grade
My name is Ana Carolina and I’m 20 years old. I'm Brazilian-American.
I am a freshmen in college. I major in business administration.
I have been at Superkickers for three years. This is going to be my fourth summer camp and I also work in after school.
I have mostly worked with children aged 4-6 and have even worked with special education children. I absolutely love working with children and it is also an honor. We learn from children as much as they learn from us. They inspire us everyday and their energy makes every day fun. Every day brings a new adventure and lots of laughter.
Very excited for this summer and everything to come!
Marilyn Ospina - 2nd Grade
Hello my name is Marilyn Ospina, I’m 17 years old, I was born in Cali, Colombia and I moved to America six years ago.
I am a assistant coach at super kickers, I started working as part of the after- school program and dance/soccer program on Saturdays and Sundays.
I recently graduate from high school and I will be attending to LaGuardia community college, I am a dancer at Cali salsa pal mundo.
I love being a teacher at super kickers and see so many smiles when they’re running around the playground, when they jump into your arms, when they see their mommies and daddies at the end of the day.
You get to play a role in their simple, joyful lives, and that’s beautiful.
4th, 5th, 6th Grade
Sam - 4th, 5th, 6th grade
I’m coach Sam, I was born and raised in New York but my family is from Colombia.
I grew up playing basketball, reading and strumming my grandfathers guitar.
I recently graduated from hunter college with a BA in criminal psychology and a minor in political science.
I have worked various jobs, from baby sitting a few kids from the neighborhood, to the YMCA, I’ve photographed for Neutrogena and BfA.
I like to inspire kids to be kind and treat others the way they want to be treated. I love teaching and being part of the super kickers because the kids are not only the future but our future and it’s essential they have good people around them to guide them in the right direction all while providing them with fun activities for them to broaden their interests.
Janeth - Spanish class teacher
My name is Janeth, i was born in Colombia, in my free time I enjoy sharing with my family especially with my 13 year old daughter Andrea.
I have been working in Superkickers since 2015, and I can say that I love it. This Summer Camp it is an honor to have again the Spanish class, the truth is a very nice experience and of course I love to speak in my first language that is Spanish.
I have the ability to develop a positive affinity with kids, and I cannot describe myself better than two words patient and accommodating
Stephanie Hernandez - Soccer Clinic Coach
Hi! I’m Steph, I’m 22 years old and I’am Mexican - American.
I’m attending LaGuardia Community College and Majoring in Human Services.
I started working at Super Kickers in my sophomore year of High School. I’ve been here awhile now. I have been coaching for almost 5 ½ years now. I love working with children because I’am interested in seeing how they learn and how they work with everyday obstacles. Each child is special and unique in their own way and that’s what makes my job as a coach so fun and so important. I like to make sure that all of my classes are fitting to all of my kids while challenging not only their growing soccer skills but overall skills that they need to grow as little people! I look forward to a fun season with all of my new friends!
Soccer and Water slide
Jorge - Soccer and Water slide
My name is Jorge Lopez and I am a soccer coach. I was born in Peru and have been playing soccer my whole life. I’ve been teaching kids soccer for almost 2 years, all levels, from special needs, to advanced soccer. I am currently a senior at City College (CUNY) and I am a writer. I write political poems and short fiction. I enjoy teaching soccer as much as I enjoy writing. Being a part of super kickers is a joy and it doesn’t feel like a job when you do something you love.
Soccer and Water slide
Everton - Soccer coach and Water slide coach
Everton G Shangull Barrett - Nickname Shangull
For his tricky moves, speed, work rate and goal scoring abilities.
Played along side fellow Jamaican's international players Gregory Messam, and older players such as Wayne Palmer Team Taurus football club at the National premier league level.
Migrate to the united states 2005. I love to see big smiles on everyone faces while learning in a safe environment.
Playing this beautiful game soccer and scoring lots of goals.
NSCAA Certified Soccer Coach
JFF Level One Coach JFF/CC00089
Former Jamaican National League Player
Technical Director NY Jamaican Boyz ID Showcase
Jenn - Yoga teacher
Hi, I’ve been teaching Yoga at Super Kickers for 2 years now.
I’m a kid at heart, and mother to a 13 year old. I try to connect with the children and offer them yoga tools that they can use throughout their lives.
In my Yoga class we will move our bodies, breath and practice being kind with others as well as with ourselves.
When I’m not at Super Kickers I’m spending time with my family, or teaching adults Yoga.
Conservation and Awareness are important to me, as well as showing compassion to all sentient beings.
Dance and Gymnastics Coach
Luisa - Dance and Gymnastics Coach
Luísa Righeto is a dancer, a dance teacher and a choreographer. She graduated by the Martha Graham School (NYC) in 2016.
Luisa holds a Teaching License and a Bachelor's degree in Dance, from University Anhembi Morumbi (2012, Brasil).
She danced with Caleidos Dance Co., Cia Danças Claudia de Souza, and Ícaro Dance Co., in Brazil. In New York, she danced with Coyote Dancer Company and Alison Cook Beatty Dance. Luisa created “Tempo” – solo piece; and “Transit” – a group piece (2016).
She was invited as a guest artist to lead classes in New Jersey and at the moment she is leading the Ziriguidum Dance Project.
Piano and Jewlery making
Wendy Wills - Piano and jewlery making Coach
For most of the last 18 years, I have worked in the after-school world in NYC, teaching music and jewelry-making classes, or running the programs, and since the summer of 2012, I have worked with Superkickers.
I studied voice and piano with various instructors over the years and I taught myself most of the skills needed to make, design and sell jewelry. I released a cd of songs titled Wendy Wills in 2006 and am always working on the next album in some way. But I love working with children; I love watching them grasp a concept, learn a skill, share a talent. We can learn a lot from children about joy. It is a privilege to spend time with children, to see and hear the world as they do.
It is a privilege to be able to share my love and interest in piano playing and music and jewelry-making with them. It is a privilege and joy to watch them learn and grow and feel good about their successes and accomplishments.
Portuguese music and Rock Band
Dulce - Portuguese music and Rock band
Dulce Mazoni Pereira is a music teacher for Super Kickers.
Originally from Brazil, Dulce holds a BA in Speech Therapy, a field that she worked in for years in her Country. After moving to the USA, and experiencing motherhood (she is a mother of two girls), she found a new passion in teaching music. She is a registered Music Together Teacher.
She has been teaching music to children in an afterschool program , and Mommy and Me classes for over 7 years in Queens. She started learning music at a young age, playing recorder, piano and singing in a choir. She plays the piano, as part of a Worship Team in her local Church.
She believes music benefits child development in a whole way, physically and emotionally.
This will be the second year of Portuguese Music, where children will experience a new language in a fun way!
Chris Holt - Lego Coach
Hello! My name is Chris Holt, the Lego coach here at Super Kickers. I am from Sunnyside, NY, just a short 7 train ride away. I am a sophomore attending Bentley University, a school just outside of Boston, studying Finance. During my free time, I enjoy skateboarding with my friends and exploring new areas.
Being a Super Kickers coach was great last year! I enjoyed being able to direct a class with projects similar to those I would build when I was younger, as well as getting to know each of our students. My favorite part of teaching is seeing the final results of each project. I am always impressed by the final outcome as all students start out with the same directions and end with totally unique creations.
From week to week, I create lesson plans for each class, instructing a main idea and chassis for the project. Once the foundation of the project is completed, children are encouraged to experiment and initiate their own creative insight with the use of colors, patterns, materials, and the overall aesthetic of their Lego creation. Throughout the camp, our students will have a wide variety of Lego projects to complete, such as vehicles (cars, airplanes, helicopters, and more) and the re-creation of specific scenes or events. Students will also be given the opportunity to use their imagination and suggest their own ideas to ensure that everyone is included and engaged.
Robotics, Coding and Stem
Peerler beads and Obstacle course
Bella - Peerler beads and Obstacle course coach
Hello! I’m coach Bella, 21 years old and Brazilian.
I currently am a student of Computer Science at LaGuardia Community College.
In the summer, of 2016, I started working at Super Kickers with the Pre-K class, and I fell in love with all the kids.
Today I am also part of the after-school program and the soccer program on Saturdays. This will be my third summer with Super Kickers head coaching Perler Beads and Obstacle Course classes.
I'm super excited! This summer will be super fun!
Osmo and Cooking
Silvia - Osmo and Cooking Coach
My name is Silvia Mascarenhas Pereira, I was born November 9th, 1970 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where I did my primary studies. On the early 80’s after graduating in Economics and Engineering my dad was invited to do his MSc in England/ GB so my hole family moved there where I finished Middle school at Chilham School, Kent and started High school in Canterbury, kent.
Back in Brazil I went to college to study “Languages” Bachelor Course at UFMG and started working for VARIG Airlines as a Flight Dispatcher and later became Auxiliary manager of the board director and manager of International and Domestic documentation for VARIG Airlines in Belo Horizonte and then invited to work for VARIG here at the U.S.
On 2001 I worked with a family taking care of their two children for about 5 years and continued with this same family, after I had my own child, for 4 more years.
I started working for Suprkickers last summer as an assistant couch and continued with the Superkickers After School Program through the year as a head couch until now.
Here are some of my courses and certificates:
Course of International and Domestic Documentation – VARIG Airlines Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – American Immigration, FAA
Course of SAP System – VARIG Airlines Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Certificate of Prospective & Interior Design – INAP, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Certificate of Domestic and International dispatcher, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Certificate of “Foundations in health and safety e-learning” - Early Childhood Education and Training Program, Office of Children and Family Service, NYC
Certificate of “ Infants in Child Care” – Care Courses School, NYC
Certificate of “Safe baby, Safe Child” - Care Courses School, NYC
Fine arts painting and Free play actitivities
Lindsey Rhodes - Fine arts painting and Free play actitivities
Hi, I’m Lindsey Rhodes and I’m just your friendly neighborhood zany artist from Maryland. I believe in fun above all else and trying to live a life that brings joys to others. I love working with kids because they teach me asmuch if not more than what I teach them. I study Computer Animation at Full Sail University and I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music I’ve done everything from creating animated short to producing music videos. I’m a yoga teacher and movement specialist in short I love to and do so often, Music not required. I’m so excited to share in the unique and life changing learning experience that is the Super Kickers program!
Cartooning and Sculpting
Operations Manager / Camp Supervisor
Carol Silva - Operations Manager / Camp Supervisor
Hello! I am Carol Silva, I am the Operations Managers and one of the Camp Supervisors at SUPERKICKERS.
I have a bachelors degree in Political Science from Hunter College. I taught Preschool and Pre-K for 5 years and was a Day Care Supervisor for a Year before coming to SK. You have probably spoken to me by e-mail or on the phone when registering : )
I work with the Costumer Service, Billing and Assist Tatiana with planning the Summer Camp among other things.
My goal is for all the kids to have a great experience at our Programs, and to provide a safe and nurturing environment where they can grow, develop while learning new skills!
General Manager / Camp Supervisor
Giselle Dimitratos - General Manager / Camp Supervisor
I'm Giselle, I’m from Sao Paulo, Brazil and I’m the After School general manager here at Super Kickers.
I love children! I volunteered in the church's children’s ministry and worked as a babysitter for many years.
I started working at Super Kickers as a pre-k teacher in 2014, then I was hired to supervise the After School program at PS69 and now I’m the general manager for all the Super Kickers After School programs.
I have 2 kids and they both attend Super Kickers and they love it!
I have taken various courses to improve my performance and knowledge to best serve the children, including understanding children, infant safety, after school management, CPR and Advance First Aid and I’m currently taking the NYS SAC Credential course.
I love what I do, I love when I get to work and the kids come to hug me, I love to see the smile on their faces, how smart and special they are.
Valerie - Camp Supervisor
Hello, my name is Valerie Lombardo, I received a degree at Hunter College in Early Education, I am currently the director for the Superkickers after school program. I insure the safety and security of all students. I supervise the children and the employees and give positive reinforcement and feedback to anyone that needs my help. I make sure all employees follow the programs structure based on the needs and interests of the students and their parents. I make sure all employees maintain training hours for professional development.
I am also a preschool teacher during the day. As a director and teacher, I make sure to encourage children to do their best while they are in class or during their activities. I work with all stages of development such as large motor skills, small motor skills, cognitive development, social development, fine motor , positive approaches, classroom management and developmentally appropriate stages. I enjoy and love working at Super Kickers because we treat each other as a family.
We provide kindness, love, and maintain positive relationships with staff, children and parents. We make sure to always communicate with each another with any ideas or concerns. Over my years as a classroom teacher and director I have truly learned the value of such a wonderful school community. I'm looking forward to another successful summer camp and watching your children grow with such an amazing staff. We are thankful for entrusting your children with us.