Our Philosophy

First Presbyterian Elementary School seeks to cultivate a progressive, collaborative learning environment that reveals and empowers the worth, dignity, and limitless potential of all children, fostering life-long learners. As a Reggio Emilia inspired school, we honor and facilitate each child’s divinely-bestowed desire to discover, inquire, and explore the world around them, stewarding emergent generations of confident creators. Together, parents, teachers and students, develop and nurture individualized opportunities for physical, social, spiritual, and intellectual development. Sponsored by a Christian church, we share with our children the stories of our religious heritage, and also welcome and engage with the rich diversity of faith traditions in our community.

Registration

Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment is limited, please contact us for our most up to date openings and registration information.

Tuition & Fees

Our Reggio Emilia Elementary

Our mission at First Presbyterian Elementary School is to provide our students with not only a quality educational experience, but also a meaningful life experience that nurtures and respects the whole child immersed in a safe and inspiring environment where authentic learning thrives. Our curriculum is influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to early education; the Reggio approach promotes key fundamental values relating to how children learn. These core values have been adapted to our school based on our culture, environment and the specific needs of our unique community. Our interpretation of the Reggio core values continues to progress as our educational methods develop to connect the intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and emotional needs of each child we serve. 

“THE WIDER THE RANGE OF POSSIBILITIES WE OFFER CHILDREN, THE MORE INTENSE WILL BE THEIR MOTIVATIONS AND THE RICHER THEIR EXPERIENCES. WE MUST WIDEN THE RANGE OF TOPICS AND GOALS, THE TYPES OF SITUATIONS WE OFFER AND THEIR DEGREE OF STRUCTURE, THE KINDS AND COMBINATIONS OF RESOURCES AND MATERIALS, AND THE POSSIBLE INTERACTIONS WITH THINGS, PEERS, AND ADULTS.”

-LORIS MALAGUZZI(FOUNDER OF THE REGGIO EMILIA PHILOSOPHY)

Our Educators

Diana Stone

Sprouts Teacher 

Diana has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Education and is currently pursuing a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She worked as a nanny, PreK teacher, and Kindergarten teacher. She lived in India with a local family to teach at an orphanage, then traveled with World Vision to Zimbabwe and Ecuador to learn about their child-focused programs. She is a member of NAEYC, Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Far West Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy. Both her girls attend the First Presbyterian Preschool and Elementary. She believes every child deserves an education that encourages a lifelong love of learning, care for others, and an understanding of God’s love.

Mariana Villalobos

Seedlings Teacher

Mariana has been a homemaker for the past ten years, lovingly caring for her two children and creating an environment her family could thrive in.  Formerly an elementary school teacher, her love for education led her to forge a new path as a volunteer.  Mariana began her work as a volunteer at the El Paso Baby Café, which involved peer counseling and  serving new mothers and their babies for six and a half years.  More recently, Mariana became a Certified Texas Master Naturalist.  Being a Texas Master Naturalist has helped her develop her passion for the outdoors, deepen her understanding of our local ecology, and to continue service within the community.  As a Texas Master Naturalist volunteer, Mariana has been able to work with the public and organizations dedicated to conservation, outdoor education, and outreach efforts.  Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, buying and selling vintage wares, cycling, mountain biking, and hiking.

Pratima Mehta

Saplings Teacher

Pratima has a master’s degree in Indian languages and English Literature and at present, she is pursuing a MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Educational Technology. She worked as a primary school teacher and visiting lecturer in India, a bi-cultural instructor in Australia, an elementary school teacher in Japan. In the US she began to involve herself to cultivate her interest in being a volunteer, substitute teacher, and reading-math tutor in EPISD. She believes education is a lifelong process, it is a journey, and to be on the path to gain knowledge and earn life living experiences is itself a reward. She respects the individuality and uniqueness of every human being and believes that every child is special. She invites creativity inside and outside the classroom and encourages the quality to be aware of every moment of life that can lead a teacher and children to a distinct way to live and experience life.

Alejandra Ortiz

Sprouts Teacher

Alejandra is a mama of two, El Paso native, and artist at heart with a love for nature. She graduated with a B.S. in Nutrition from Texas State University and has continued her studies to include holistic approaches to nutrition and mindfulness. For many years her profession was in wellness, teaching dance and yoga in Santa Monica, CA. Once she had children, her interests in child development and education grew as they grew. Instantly she fell in love with First Presbyterian Preschool and the Reggio Emilia philosophy as a preschool parent. Seeing her children thrive inspired her to become more involved with the school. Alejandra is excited to be part of First Presbyterian Elementary as a parent and assistant teacher. 

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1340 Murchison Drive

El Paso, TX, United States