PRIED Staff

Lead Teacher - Mandy Reis
B.S. in Education, University of Delaware – Middle School Math, Special Education
M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language

Mandy has been PRIED’s lead teacher since it’s creation in 2014. She joined us with four years of middle school teaching experience and certifications in the areas of general elementary education, middle school mathematics, special education, and English as a second language. Mandy is passionate about both Project Based Learning (PBL) and expeditionary learning and believes that they are the keys to helping adolescents make connections and internalize what they learn. What she loves most about teaching at PRIED is that it is an environment that has allowed her to shift from a "deliver of knowledge" to a "facilitator of knowledge." Mandy really enjoys teaching adolescents and feels that she is able to connect with them in ways that help them grow both personally and academically. Outside of school, Mandy enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.
Music - Heather Wadler
University of Delaware – B.A. in Music

Heather specializes in General Music, Choir and Voice and is certified to teach Kindergarten – 12th grade music. She has an extensive background in the Performing Arts, specifically with Musical Theater. Heather has worked the past three years as the Music Teacher at Wilmington Montessori School and is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in Music Teaching full-time at the University of Delaware. Heather has been teaching at PRIED since the winter of 2014. There are several aspects to Music at PRIED; Music Theory/Literacy, Music History and Cultural Context, Analysis, Evaluation, Critique, and Performance. Heather engages PRIED students to explore these aspects through ensemble singing, playing of instruments, composing and performing. Further, while utilizing current technologies, i.e. Garage Band, students complete individual and group projects where connections between the World of Music and expression of their own creativity are made.
Art - Lisa Surbrook
BFA, Moore College of Art, Interior Design and Ceramics MFA, Hahnemann University, Art Therapy

Lisa has a unique background in fine art, commercial design, and Art Therapy. She has worked with children and adults in school settings, after-school programs, summer camps, and counseling centers for over twenty years. The goal of our art classes at PRIED is to not only gain an understanding of general art elements and design principals but to also become aware of how creativity and art are a part of our everyday lives, culture, and history. We also strive to experience how art can be used to express our thoughts, ideas, and feelings
Spanish & Yoga - Rocio Viscarra
University of Delaware – B.S. in Psychology
State of Delaware; Division of Family Services and the Division of Child MentalHealth – Bilingual Social Worker
Now: Yoga- NY – Registered Yoga Teacher - 200hr

Rocio was born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1976. When she was four years old, her family immigrated to Guatemala, but quickly moved to Bogota, Colombia, where they spent the next four years. In 1985, Rocio’s family moved to Wilmington, Delaware and she has been here since. Rocio has a large family still living in El Salvador, whom she visits often. She utilizes her bilingual skills through her travels in various Latin American Countries as well as in Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Granada. Rocio began teaching Spanish at PRIED in 2014. Her “immersion” based classroom offers students an authentic introduction to the language. Rocio has been teaching various styles of bilingual yoga classes in the Hatha tradition from beginner to advanced Vinyasa since receiving her certification in 2013. She continues to advance her training in all aspects of yoga, including meditation, having recently completed a training with David Nichtern at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge Massachusetts. Rocio enjoys inspiring her students as well as helping them connect with their breath and bodies. The mind-body connection is emphasized in her classes helping her students tap into the therapeutic power of yoga. Rocio’s approach to teaching yoga engages the middle-school adolescent positively and provides them with tools to utilize in other areas of their lives.