Teaching Teams

Strengthening the Home to School Connection

Future Leaders Center - Room D

With a passion for educating children and learning, LULAC’s highly qualified teachers welcome you to their classrooms!

Nidia Rivas
Head Teacher

My name is Nidia Rivas. I was born and raised in my beautiful Guatemala. I immigrated to the United States, a country which gave me the opportunity to become a US Citizen when I was 16 years old , I married and became a mother of 3 beautiful children. I decided to continue with my education after my children were grown, I went to get my GED in New Haven, CT. After I registered in Gateway Community College ESL program, I took ESL and Liberal Arts & Science. I feel that ESL classes helped me to improve my language skills. I benefited greatly from the ESL writing class and took English writing and communication skills. While I was going to school, I was working full time at a Macdonald’s and at a Mobil gas station. I graduated from Gateway in 2015 with a degree of Liberal Arts & Science. I've been working in Lulac Head Start since 2016. Also, after working as a Teacher Assistant, I was promoted to a teacher after completing my CDA (Child Development Associates) while working at Lulac I decided to continue with my education and registered at Post University to get my bachelor’s in Child's Studies after graduating from Post in 2021. In 2022 I was promoted to Head Teacher position. I love working with young children. I strive to be the best I can be to provide a safe, healthy, and learning environment. I am currently the Head Teacher for Future Leader Center’s Room D which is an Infant and toddler classroom. I have been teaching since 2006 and this is the profession I enjoy more developing our children and families for life.

Illeana Matos

My name is Ileana Matos Torres, I started as a Teacher Assistant at LULAC Head Start from 2018 by May 2022 I was promoted to teacher. I've been working with children for over 18 yrs. I started in Puerto Rico in 2002 as an Assistant Teacher for Aspira of Puerto Rico and in 2008 I became a Teacher for an Early Head Start. Currently, I am a teacher at the future leader center for room D which is an infant and toddlers classroom, and my role is to assist in the physical, emotional, and social development of all our children. Working with children has given me a sense of responsibility and satisfaction. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. I enjoy baking with them. I love going shopping and visiting new places with family and friends

Raquel Peguero
Classroom Aid

It is my pleasure to introduce myself as Raquel Peguero. My passion is working with children and I have been doing so for the past four years. I am very excited to be here at LULAC as this is my first experience working with Head Start.