Siomara Bridges-Mata

Senior Community Programs Specialist

Bachelor of Arts, Dance Education; City University of New York Hunter College

Relevant Work Experience:

Siomara joins the Frameworks team with over 15+ years of progressive experience working with leading non-profit youth-serving organizations. Her experience includes managing in-school and after-school programs for New York City Public Schools, providing programmatic and pedagogical support through developing curriculum, facilitating professional development workshops, and faculty advising/coaching. Siomara is the founder of MOVE Bridges Dance Project, an independent project that unifies her passion for teaching, facilitating, and cultural exchange. She has produced workshops throughout Latin America, Texas, Florida, and New York, transforming a countless number of educators’ and students’ lives with her unique methodology of creating movement experiences that yield powerful lessons applicable to participants everyday lives. She has been recognized for her impact in the community with features on news stations like FOX 13, Bay News 9, and the Tampa Bay Time’s Everyday Tampa Bay series. Since relocating to Tampa, Florida in 2017 she has worked at the Centre for Girls, developing, and implementing instructional programming for girls ages 5-14. She was also a Community Dance Educator for the Straz Performing Arts Center leading innovative dance residencies, for Hillsborough County Public Schools, YMCA at Sulphur Springs, Metropolitan Ministries, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Why You Work at Frameworks:

Social and Emotional Learning has always been at the heart of my work. In my lessons as an arts educator, I prioritize making strong connections to skills that will help students be successful in all aspects of their lives. I realized my passion for this work when I deepened my understanding and practice in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as an Instructional Coach at Big Thought (a youth development non-profit in Dallas that is committed to closing the opportunity gap by unleashing creativity and strengthening the social-emotional well-being of young people), where I closely followed CASEL’s core SEL competencies, to coach and support novice educators. Frameworks is the leading organization in Tampa doing this work, and upon my arrival to Florida, it became my goal to be a part of the organization’s magic! I am honored to be a part of a well-respected organization that is truly making an impact on the community. In today’s world, it couldn’t be more important that we take the time to pause and reflect, connect more strongly with one another, and challenge ourselves to reach our fullest potential. I am truly passionate about this work and am excited to join the Frameworks team and carry forward the mission to develop healthy individuals, schools, and communities.