Meet the Principal

Welcome to Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin University, a Reggio Emilia inspired NAEYC accredited preschool through fifth grade elementary school.

As a Reggio Emilia inspired school, we believe that the family is the first teacher; the teacher “as researcher” is the second teacher; the environment is the third teacher. Scholar voice and choice prevail through our project-based learning approach. 

Our mission is to honor the natural development and diversity of all young scholars so they can reach their individual potential. Through respectful interactions and our dedication to equitable, high quality instruction, we foster a sense of wonder and curiosity that serves as a catalyst for a lifetime of learning.

Riverside’s state-of-the-art facility brings the outdoors in and is located across from the Goodwin University main campus.  Our scholars benefit from a safe environment with various outdoor learning spaces and access to a variety of technology, as well as essential arts.

With the spirit of the community in Reggio Emilia, Italy which came together following the devastation of World War II to build a school, brick by brick, our young scholars are part of the Goodwin University Community. It is our hope that our scholars follow the pathway from preschool through fifth grade at Riverside Magnet School, continue their learning during middle and high school years at Connecticut River Academy and earn their degree at Goodwin University.

Please feel free to reach out if you would like to learn more about RMS or if you have any questions or concerns.

Take care,
Tonja Kelly

RMS Principal - Tonja Kelly