Siomara Bridges-Mata

Senior Community Programs Specialist

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

Relevant Work Experience:

Siomara joined the Frameworks team with over eight years of progressive experience working with leading non-profit organizations. Her experience includes coordinating in-school and after school programs for New York City Public Schools, providing programmatic and pedagogical support through facilitating professional development workshops, faculty advising/coaching, and teaching dance as a form of empowerment to adults and children both nationally and internationally. Since relocating to Tampa, Florida in 2017 she has worked as a Creative Arts Coordinator at the Centre for Girls, developing and implementing instructional programming for girls ages 5-14. She was also an adjunct Community Dance Educator for the Straz Performing Arts Center leading innovative dance residencies, for Hillsborough County Public Schools, Metropolitan Ministries, and the Boys and Girls Club students.

Why You Work at Frameworks:

Social and Emotional Learning has always been at the heart of my work. In my lessons, 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, to 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.