Outside of the classroom, our board of directors and leadership team ensure that The Magellan International School has strategic direction, leadership and operational oversight. Click below to learn more about the individuals that support the education of each and every student and the experience of every family at the school.
In collaboration with teachers and staff, the Leadership Team of The Magellan International School works to ensure the fulfillment of our mission each and every day at both campuses. The Leadership Team works together to strengthen the school, the delivery of education inside and outside the classroom and the operation of the school on a short- and long-term basis.
Head of School
Scott Hibbard joined the Magellan International School community in August 2018. Scott is a bilingual educator with more than 25 years of international experience in South America, the Caribbean and Africa. He attended Boston University where he completed an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching and a BS in Communication. He also has an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Certificate in International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Center.
Scott began his career in education as a Peace Corps volunteer in a community education center in rural Cameroon. His three years as a volunteer convinced him of the power that education can have in empowering children and in bringing about positive change in people’s lives. Scott later taught social studies, English and Spanish at private schools in Ecuador and the British Virgin Islands. His first administrative position was Middle School Principal at Colegio Menor, and he has since served as the Head of School of three international schools.
Scott is a firm believer in the IB mission of creating a better world through education and intercultural understanding. During his tenure as director of Cedar International School, he led the school through the authorization process for all three IB programs—PYP, MYP and DP—transforming Cedar into only the second school in the Caribbean region to offer the full IB continuum. Scott also serves on Engagement Review Teams for the accrediting organization AdvancED. He has served on teams in a variety of Latin American countries, including El Salvador, Panama, Colombia and Bolivia.
Scott is a lifelong explorer who strives to provide children with an education that is engaging and rigorous but also meets their vital social-emotional needs. He looks forward to collaborating with all the members of the Magellan International School community.
Deputy Head of School and Head of Middle School
Nicolás is a passionate and multi-cultural professional with over 19 years of leadership and teaching experiences at schools in South America, Europe and Southeast Asia. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters in Education Psychology from Champagnat University in Lima, Peru.Nicolás is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and has a deep understanding of the International Baccalaureate program.
Nicolás most recently served as the Senior-Secondary Principal at Global Jaya School outside of Jakarta, Indonesia. He forged his teaching career at two IB schools in Peru, Davy College and San Silvestre School, where he taught in both the Primary and Secondary divisions. He was recruited into leadership by the International School of Neustadt in Germany where he helped implement the IB Diploma as its Coordinator and Head of Secondary.
As an IB World School leader for the past nine years,Nicolás’ work has been focused on ensuring educational coherence across the PYP, MYP and DP curricula. He has specialized in the development of 21st Century skills and experiential learning, and is committed to help children discover and nurture their passions and strengths.
Nicolás is as passionate about scientific research into human learning as he is about our philosophical understanding of each person’s meaningful place in this world. He is an active member of diverse organizations supporting street children, university students and wildlife sanctuaries.
Head of Advancement, Marketing & Communications
Christen Wilson joined the Magellan community in 2015 after relocating from her hometown in the Philadelphia metropolitan area with her family. Prior to Magellan, Christen served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA, overseeing all fundraising and engagement programs for the private liberal arts college and serving on the institution’s Cabinet.
Christen has 15 years of experience in educational fundraising, including four at an independent school and 11 in higher education. She started her career in technology consulting at Booz-Allen and Hamilton. At Magellan, Christen works with the leadership team, Board and parents to identify key projects to strengthen our students’ experiences and potential individual, government, foundation and corporate supporters who are inspired by the formational education at Magellan. Additionally, she provides oversight to admissions, marketing and communications for the school.
Christen is a relationship builder and problem solver, and is passionate about strengthening all aspects of the Magellan experience for our stakeholders. At home, Christen and her husband, Alphonso, are parents of Andre, Aliza and Alec, all students at Magellan. As a family, they enjoy music, cooking and swimming and basketball.
Head of Primary School
Sagrario is a passionate professional with more than 20 years of experience in a wide variety of educational settings. She is a lifelong learner that believes that students learn best when they are empowered and feel ownership of their learning. Sagrario has a BA in Education from the Pedagogical University in Mexico and has taken different undergraduate courses from Stanford and Harvard University. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a deep understanding of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
Sagrario was born and raised in México City. During her journey in education she worked in different schools in México such as Alexander Bain and the American School Foundation, where she held different teacher and administrative roles such as, lower school teacher, Primary Years Programme (PYP) coordinator and dean of students. She began her career in the United States in 2008 at Escuela Bilingüe Internacional in Oakland, California where she came to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP). She held the roles of Assistant Head, PYP Coordinator and Director of Curriculum and Learning for Pre-kinder to 8th grade and oversaw the Middle Years Programme (MYP) implementation.
Her passion for education has also allowed her to do significant work for the IB as a workshop leader, consultant, school evaluation and accreditation leader and IB field representative in charge of the quality of the workshops given in The Americas. Sagrario has also been instrumental in the implementation of new IB services for schools at a global level, to develop a quality curriculum in schools.
Sagrario has sought to share best practices wherever she has taught, presenting at educational conferences such as the IB Regional Conference and the California Association of Independent School Conference.
Sagrario describes herself as an inquirer and is a true believer that as educators we need to nurture each child’s love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence, and social engagement.
Head of Preschool & PYP Coordinator
Julieta Carrillo is a bilingual teacher and administrator who came to Magellan in 2014 as the PYP Coordinator. She is also an Apple Certified Teacher and an IB Educator. She has a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education specialized in Bilingual Education and Curriculum Design. Julieta has been in Education for 25 years in many private bilingual IB schools in Mexico City, such as Instituto Educativo Olinca, The Churchill School, Colegio Williams and Colegio Internacional de México.
After teaching 8 years, recognizing the value of the IB programmes and living by the philosophy of the PYP, she became a PYP Coordinator in 2005 and since then, she has led different schools through the process of IB verification and evaluation visits in a very successful way. She proudly guided all the self-study process for The Magellan International first evaluation visit.
IB Educators perform three different roles: as a workshop leader, Julieta has been training teachers and administrators in regional and on-site workshops throughout IB Americas. As a site visitor, she takes part in visiting teams that authorize and evaluate schools and as a consultant for interested schools through their feasibility study and early implementation of the PYP. These experiences enable her to enrich her role at MIS because she has plenty of opportunities to discover the power of different realities and perspectives in our globalized world.
Julieta describes herself as an inquirer by nature and a creative open-minded life long learner.
Director of Operations
June Gilbert Collins
June Collins was born in Guyana, South America, and grew up on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She earned her education during her formative years by attending both private and public schools. After graduation, June moved to the U.S. to attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. At Johnson C. Smith University, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management within 3 years, graduating cum laude. After graduation she moved to Austin, Texas, to be close to a sibling, pursue a career, and has since made Texas home. Later in her career, June obtained a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training.
June began her career as a clerk for the Austin Municipal court and then proceeded to open and manage her very own early childhood program. After receiving her Master’s degree, June worked at The Children’s Courtyard for eight years as campus director and multi-site director while managing the operations of the school. Additional experience includes work with the Texas Department of Protective &amp;amp; Regulatory Service, Mosaic (an organization supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities) and – most recently – Texas A&M where she designed curriculum for its Emergency Services Training Institute.
June is passionate about empowering children to develop a love for learning and believes in the power of a local community to advocate for quality education. When reflecting on her Caribbean heritage and journey of moving from the Virgin Islands to the Mainland, she is humbled to know her life experiences can give her the compassion to relate to the students. June knows firsthand about having to adapt to a new culture and different customs and thus can relate with empathetic knowledge about the issues that some of the students will be experiencing.
June also believes in rewarding hard work with fun! In her spare time she enjoys traveling and the outdoors. When she is not spending time with her four grandchildren, you will find her fishing, camping, or enjoying weekend getaways to visit news places.
Director of Admissions
Amy Lovaas is a native Austinite, and graduate of UT’s School of Natural Sciences where she received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. She began her career in the tech field, first working on low level device driver development. Amy quickly discovered that she liked people much more than bits and transitioned her career into consulting as a result. She’s served in a variety of roles in project &amp; program management and process improvement.</span>
Amy and her husband, Jeff, have two children at Magellan – Morgen and Liv – and have been a part of the Magellan community since 2010 when Morgen enrolled in PP3. Amy has served as MISPA President, chair of the Technology Team and supported many administrative aspects of the school including our admissions office.</span>
Her greatest joys about Magellan are the faculty and staff, families and the amazing things that emerge from her children’s brains because of their experience at the school.
Human Resources Manager
A native of Topeka, Kansas (aka: “a good place to dig for potatoes”), Mara Mindell graduated from Knox College in Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Music. She lived in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, and New York City before settling in sunny Austin. Among other things, she has had the honor of being an event coordinator, a singing bunny, and a writer.
As a former Teach for America 2nd Grade teacher, Mara understands many of the challenges teachers face daily. Likewise, her administrative background gives her a deep understanding of how organizations can be run effectively. The Magellan International School’s Human Resources department has been the perfect place to combine these aspects of her experience, and to help improve both school functions and employee lives.
Mara feels lucky to be at Magellan, where the community is friendly and supportive, and is the proud parent of a Magellan student.
Board of Directors
The Magellan International School’s Board of Directors is comprised of members of the Austin community as well as the school community dedicated to ensuring its long-term, strategic growth. The Board’s scope of responsibilities for the school include setting the strategic plan, ensuring its financial health, approving operating and capital budgets and providing oversight of the Head of School.
Members of Magellan’s Board of Directors for the 2018-19 School Year include:
Scott serves as the CEO of BP3 Global, Inc., an Austin-based software and services company focused on innovating business process technology for the Fortune 500. Started over coffee in 2007, BP3 now has over 85 team members worldwide. Previously, Scott served as Chief Architect and Director of Technical Services at Lombardi Software, an innovator in the Business Process Management software market and a number of senior technical staff positions as an early employee at Trilogy.
Scott is married to Cindy Lo, owner of Red Velvet Events, and father of two Magellan students, Sofia and Holland. He has been a parent of the school since the second year of operation, when Sofia joined the PP4 class. Outside of work, Magellan is his biggest passion. When he’s not working or volunteering, he loves to try great food, travel with his family, play tennis, and read a good book.
Max has spent the last 20 years building alliances and partnerships with and for some of the world’s most recognized technology brands. A natural problem-solver and collaborator, Max is at his best when working across organizations and disciplines to address hard-to-solve issues with real-world consequences.
Max began his career in Russia, working in International trade. While there, he not only became fluent in the Russian language, but also gained an abiding belief in the value of a global perspective. After returning to the US, however, Max discovered a passion for technology and joined a start-up. Over the course of the next 15 years that start-up, Apex, grew from 30 employees to nearly 2000, changed its name to Avocent, and listed itself on the NASDAQ. In 2009, Emerson Network Power, a division of Emerson Corporation, acquired Avocent for $1.2B.
During his tenure at Apex, Avocent and Emerson, Max built and managed the organization’s OEM relationships with Compaq, HP, Dell and IBM as well as nurtured its relationship with Amazon. In that capacity he set strategy, developed roadmaps, participated in M&amp;A activity, was responsible for pricing and margins, and owned sales-execution and go to market. In 2015, Max left Emerson and joined Pitney Bowes Software to focus on developing its OEM business.
Max and his wife Roberta have a daughter, Genevieve, who is a student at Magellan. They are ardent supporters of the school, believing that Magellan’s combination of IB-based learning and Spanish language immersion prepares its students to enjoy the opportunities that globalization will present. When not working or focusing on Magellan, Max enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, and playing the occasional game of rugby.
Brenda Berkelaar is an Associate Professor at Polytechnique Montréal who researches work and career. Her specific goal is encouraging sustainable work and careers in the digital age across the lifespan. In addition to academic publications and courses, Brenda gives workshops and presentations on topics including leadership, organizational communication, organizational change, transparency, and the intentional use of technology in education, industry, and the rest of life.
Brenda earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Purdue with specialties in Research Methods and Technology and Education. She also has a master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall and a Certificate in Data Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her academic career, Brenda worked in industry and non-profit organizations as a manager and organizational consultant. She continues to partner with organizations to help them achieve their goals.
Brenda and her partner, Brian, have one daughter, who attended Magellan for four years during their time in Austin. Currently, Brenda spends her weekends, running, rowing, or serving as a pit crew leader for Brian and Charlotte who are hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Bjorn is the founder and CEO of Abilitie, a leadership development company that offers coaching and leadership programs to global Fortune 500 companies. Prior to founding Abilitie in 2015, Bjorn was the founder of Enspire, an e-learning development company.
Bjorn holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a dual BA/BBA from the University of Texas, where he is an alumnus of the Plan II and the Business Honors Program. A native of Hamburg, Germany, Bjorn first came to the United States as a high-school exchange student, enrolling in Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas.
Bjorn and his wife have three boys at Magellan.
Tim moved to Austin when he retired from Kinder Morgan in May 2013 where he was the President of Kinder Morgan CO2 Company. KMCO2 produces, transports and markets CO2 for injection into oil fields primarily in West Texas to increase oil production and oil reserves. KMCO2 also used some of its carbon dioxide for injection into oil fields it operated making it the second largest oil producer in Texas.
Tim is a member of the Missouri University of Science and Technology Board of Trustees, the Academy of Mines and Metallurgy at the same university, and non-executive Chairman of Windy Cove Energy. He has a wood working shop at his home and his hobby is making furniture. Tim and his wife Kay have seven children and seven grandchildren, 2 of which attend MIS.
With over 25 years of educational leadership experience, Ms. Lisa Darling is the Head of School at The Awty International School in Houston, Texas. Formerly the President of the United World College in New Mexico, Lisa has brought a unique perspective to Awty’s leadership given her commitment to excellence in all aspects of international education and her record of accomplishment as a collaborative leader.
Prior to United World College, Lisa was Head of School at Wilmington Friends School in Delaware for 11 years. Before being appointed Head of School at Wilmington, she had served in various roles since 1988 including Business Manager, Assistant Head of School for Lower School, and Acting Head of School. Prior to her time at Wilmington, she worked at Friends’ Central School in suburban Philadelphia, where she served as both Director of Library Services and Business Manager. She also served as the Director of the H.B. DuPont Library at Pomfret School in Connecticut before moving to Philadelphia.
A strong leader who believes deeply in international and independent education, Lisa has held positions on the International Women’s Forum and the National Association of Independent Schools, and served on the United World College International Board and as the president of the New Mexico Association of Independent Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from George Fox College, a Master of Divinity in Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a master’s degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Founder and Board Member
Erin is a technology executive and entrepreneur whose passion is to work on ventures that aim at making a significant social impact. Simply put, his calling is to work with and inspire people who, in the words of Ghandi, want to “be the change that you want to see in the world.”
He started his career as an aerospace engineer (“rocket scientist”) performing mission design, analysis, software and hardware development for interplanetary spacecraft missions like Galileo (Jupiter), Cassini (Saturn), and Rosetta (Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko).
More recently, Erin has started and led several tech startups, raising millions of dollars in angel venture capital and has engaged in major MA transactions and IPOs. He has developed and set corporate strategy, product vision and product roadmap; sold and managed key accounts, led product management teams, and executed data and pricing strategy at a publicly-traded software company. Simultaneously, Erin has been able to live out his passions for helping our community by founding The Magellan International School and co-founded the Bazaarvoice Foundation that focuses on empowering kids with the entrepreneurial skills they will need to change the world. Currently, Erin is Chief Product Office at Aceable, en EduTech startup company delivering mobile and web applications that help people navigate the complexities of a changing economy by giving them the required education and certification they need to succeed.
Erin is the father of two children, one who graduated as part of Magellan’s first middle school class and another on her way to graduate. He founded Magellan to give his children and those of others a progressive, international, and multilingual education that would allow them to achieve their life dreams and help society solve the challenges it is facing in the 21st century. Having benefited from a similar education himself, he is committed to giving as many children as possible the same opportunity.
Russell Diez Canseco
Russell serves as President and Chief Operations Officer with Vital Farms, a farming cooperative dedicated to offering an authentic pasture-raised product setting the national standard for the animal welfare of laying hens. Russell joined Vital Farms in 2014 after six years of operational and retail experience with H-E-B Grocery, and more recently with Leslie Rudd Investment Company (LRIco), a family office investment company with portfolio companies in retail and wholesale.
Russell and his wife, Jennifer, have three children including a son, Nathan, a student at Magellan.
Matt Ford was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to Austin after graduating from the University of Virginia. From 2000 to 2014 he held various roles in finance at Dell in Austin and Singapore including Corporate, Sales and Manufacturing Finance. In 2014, Matt left Dell to launch his consulting practice which has allowed him to spend more time with his family and to pursue his hobbies, including running, skiing and travelling. Matt’s personal and professional travels have taken him around the world to more than 30 countries.
Matt and his wife, Jen, have two daughters, Grace and Peyton, at Magellan. Matt and Jen are strong believers in the mission of Magellan and Matt joined the Board to be more involved in shaping Magellan’s future.
Carrie Ivers Reeuwijk
Carrie served as senior vice president and chief strategy officer at GetWellNetwork, a healthcare information technology firm focused on patient experience, patient engagement and health education. In her role as CSO, Carrie and her team are responsible for crafting the company’s strategic vision and executing on that vision via product innovation and development, user experience, product positioning, brand, marketing, solution sales, market intelligence, strategic partnerships and acquisitions.
Prior to joining GetWellNetwork, Carrie was a Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, a best practice research, technology and consulting firm serving the healthcare and higher education industries.
In addition to her work with GetWellNetwork, Carrie currently serves on the board of directors of Conceivable, Inc. and Viv Wellness an Austin-based digital health fertility company that helps women identify, understand and address specific health factors that may be limiting their natural ability to get pregnant and carry to term.
Carrie spent her first two years after college teaching high school chemistry and biology. This experience opened her eyes to the impact that excellent teaching and positive culture can have on the way students negotiate life’s challenges – which inspired her passion for Magellan.
Outside of work, Carrie and her husband Richard enjoy watching sports, traveling, snowboarding and listening to daughters Claire and Carmen talk about everything they learned at school and (most importantly) what was served for lunch.
Bob Kolitz spent a successful career in the real estate field. In the 1980’s he served as Senior Vice President for GE Capital, managing real estate assets for private financial institutions and public agencies. In 1991 he founded his own national real estate management and disposition company. One year later his company was awarded the first of many contracts with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under Bob’s leadership, the company managed and sold over 100,000 single-family homes for the federal government, returning billions of dollars to the US Treasury, always ensuring HUD’s mission of providing affordable housing was met.
Bob is originally from San Antonio where he graduated from Trinity University. He retired a few years ago and now splits time between San Antonio, Austin, and Carmel, CA. He and his wife Sandi enjoy traveling for leisure and adventure. They also love spending time with their children and two grandchildren who live in Austin. Both Millie and Otis attend Magellan.
As executive vice president at Jones Lang Lasalle, Robert specializes in tenant representation, lease negotiations, site acquisition, project analysis and disposition initiatives in the Austin market. He helps retailers identify and secure optimal locations to reach customers and drive value for their organization. His responsibilities also include overseeing the national roll-outs of corporate retailers’ real estate strategy initiatives. His vast experience in leasing and tenant representation has enabled him to develop and maintain strong retailer relationships at the national, regional and local level. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Robert worked for SRS Real Estate Partners representing national and regional retailers with both their expansion and disposition needs. He has handled lease negotiations for over 2,500,000 square feet of retail space on the project leasing/agency side.
Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from University of Texas Austin. He is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Austin Commercial Real Estate Society (ACRES). He holds his real estate license in the state of Texas. Robert and his wife, Delilah, are proud parents of three girls – Katherine and Cassandra (students at Magellan) and Alexandra (at home).
Christy currently serves as the Vice President of Digital Strategy and Operations at USAA, where she is responsible for setting digital strategy for the enterprise, bringing new technologies to market and maintaining website and mobile content. Prior to joining USAA, Christy spent 14 years at Dell Technologies where she was most recently the Vice President of Commerce Services, responsible for global B2C and B2B digital commerce strategy, leading the end-to-end delivery of the customer experience.
Christy grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and attended The College of William and Mary where she received a Bachelors of Arts. Prior to coming to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where she received her MBA, Christy spent 5 years in Jackson Hole, Wyoming developing her love for skiing, hiking and all things out-of-doors.
Christy and her husband, Greg, have two son and Ryder the rescue dog, who keeps the family continuously entertained.
Teri Taylor is the founder and President of Row On Austin, a provider of indoor rowing fitness programs. Her career has focused on product and service marketing in the automotive, healthcare and residential construction industries where she has served national and world wide firms such as Nissan, Acura and KB Homes.
Teri is a native of Texas and received her BS from Emerson College in Boston, MA in Broadcast Journalism. In addition to her role on the Board of Directors at Magellan, Teri and her husband Chris are active supporters of the GirlStart organization in Austin. Teri and Chris have two daughter, both students at Magellan.
Shetal Vohra Gupta
Shetal is the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she conducts research in the intersection of race, gender, policy, and the social and cultural determinants of health. Shetal has written op-eds featured in many Texas news outlets on the topics of pay equity and minimum wage. As private investigator on a foundation grant, Shetal completed a needs assessment of low income communities of color to assess health disparities in Williamson County.
She has designed and taught a graduate course titled Introduction to Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Public Policy. Shetal has published research articles in the areas of health policy, educational attainment, and impact of policy on gender and race. She has also worked at the United Nations in New York City.
Shetal and her husband, Ashish, have two children at Magellan – Keshav and Sahaana.
Paul Von Hippel
Paul von Hippel is an associate professor of public policy, sociology, statistics and data science at the University of Texas in Austin. He works on evidence-based policy, education and inequality, and the obesity epidemic. He is an expert on research design and missing data, and a three-time winner of best article awards in education and methodology. Before his academic career, he worked as a data scientist, using predictive analytics to help banks prevent fraud.
Paul and his Pamela have a daughter, Cassandra, who is a student at Magellan.