Executive Director and Founder
Margarita Pagliai is an accomplished educator with over 32 years experience in education, business, and marketing. Ms. Pagliai is the one of the founders and Executive Director of Little Dolphins By the Sea preschool and the Head of School of Seven Arrows Elementary School.
Mrs. Pagliai graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a bachelor's in Liberal Arts. Prior to that, she studied in Montreux, Switzerland, delving into the history and interrelations of European countries, which she followed by two years of additional economy and literature studies in Colombia, SA, prior to marrying her husband and immigrating to the United States. Mrs. Pagliai speaks four languages: French, Italian, English and Spanish. Her extensive travels throughout world, as well as her ongoing research in education, has greatly influenced her conceptualization of and goals for education and child development at both Little Dolphins By the Sea preschool and Seven Arrows, under her guidance, they are being implemented with overwhelming success.
Following her first seven years as Executive Director and Curriculum Director of Little Dolphins, she passed on the title to her successor, the preschool Director, who gained complete charge of carrying on the high-level curriculum and daily functioning of this highly innovative educational institution. From there, she was asked – and backed financially – by parents to create an elementary school that continued her philosophy and vision. Her curriculum, philosophy and vision for both schools have been well received and recognized by educators and visionaries in the field, such as Dr. Howard Gardner, Dr. Ed Hallowell, and neuroscientist Dr. Judy Willis, amongst others.
from the Executive director
Thank you so much for your interest in Little Dolphins by the Sea. After 23 years, the Little Dolphins community continues to grow and amaze me with their passion for education. I am grateful to have meaningfully partaken in the lives of so many incredible children and families who have been part of our Seven Arrows Way of Education.
Success by our Little Dolphins and Seven Arrows Way of Education standards is measured in one simple but fundamental way: Have we as a school inspired our young Dolphins to foster Curiosity, Creativity, and Community? Are our students engaged and motivated to become lifelong learners? Do they embody a growth-mind set coupled with the emotional intelligence needed to embark on their own individualized plan of education?
Every day that I walk on campus, the answer unmistakably presents itself through countless examples of our students as
impassioned, ethical, loving, resilient, supportive, and motivated individuals who strive for excellence and make us
all so proud. We can rest assured that these are the types of citizens we send into the world — citizens who will
stand for what they believe in, who innovate and imagine, who make a difference in local and global communities,
and who inspire and touch through their creativity and passion, thereby making our world a better place for all.
This is the power of a single community working together in the lives of our future generation. We are deeply committed to our world through our efforts and commitment to each child, and we invite impassioned parents with the same dedication to join our tight-knit community.
Thank you for your interest in our school.