Preschool teachers at The Magellan International School provide a warm, consistent and supportive educational environment to our students. Each classroom has a lead and assistant teacher, and students in Preschool also enjoy learning from specialist teachers throughout the week in Art, Music, Library, Physical Education and English. Our Preschool families are also supported by our Campus Manager and Counselor, and health needs are attended to by our School Nurse. Meet them below!
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.
Lead Teacher & PP4 Grade Level Leader
Mariluz Arveláiz is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. In 1998, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Learning Disabilities from José María Vargas University. With 19 years of experience in the field of education, she has worked in Venezuela and Florida. In Venezuela, she worked as a kindergarten teacher at the Colegio Teresiano and Moral y Luces Herzl “Hebraica” (Hebrew) school.
At Hebraica she also participated in the Villas (Arts) summer camp for children with special needs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber. There she learned sign language and braille. She also worked in a program for the inclusion of children with special needs in regular classrooms. The program encouraged fundamental values such as tolerance, collaboration, and respect, through various educative and recreational activities.
She continued as a kindergarten teacher working on the reading and writing processes in English and Spanish. She implemented the PYP as well as the “Visible Thinking” methodology (from Project Zero) through the use of Thinking Routines. The students managed to highlight and increase their capacity for analysis, observation and processing information and language. She also worked as an advisor for the Education First Group to train school principals, teachers and teaching assistants in Thinking Routines and their implementation in the classroom. Mariluz says, “As a mother of a young child, I truly believe in the importance of preparing our children with the necessary tools to meet the everyday challenges of a fast changing, multicultural world.”
Anna Bean was born and raised in Mexicali, Baja California Mexico. After high school, she attended the Center of Technological Studies to prepare her for a career as a phlebotomist. Upon completing her certification in phlebotomy, she moved to Aguascalientes in Central Mexico. She continued her education at the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, where she studied Biochemical Engineering. In addition, she completed certifications in Parental Education, Special Needs Education, and served as a mentor and tutor.
Anna moved with her husband to Austin, TX in 2001. She has four beautiful children, who were all born and raised in Aguascalientes. Anna is a very creative person. She enjoys painting, drawing, and crocheting. She also loves color and interior design. One of Anna’s favorite things to do is cook for her family and friends. An interesting fact about her is that she is trilingual in Spanish, English and American Sign Language. Anna continues to take classes at Austin Community College and is delighted to be a part of the Magellan Team. In the classroom, she is highly inspired by the children and their discovery of new things around them.
Giannina Zignago was born and raised in Lima, Perú. She has over twenty-four years of hands on experience in the field of Education, all which started at the Private Catholic University, the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon. Giannina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education with a major in Learning Disabilities.
She worked as a 2nd grade lead teacher for over nine years at the Lima Villa College and has had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of students, including those challenged by attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, language disorders, emotional disturbances, and learning disabilities. Her passion for teaching contributed to her willingness to participate in representing the school as a presenter at the first “Ibero-American Congress of Educational Psycology” and at the “Fourth National Conference on Learning Disabilities” in Lima, Perú.
Giannina moved to Florida on December 2003 with her family, where she gave birth to their beautiful son. Having a young child caused her to want to explore a new chapter in her teaching profession and it led her to start a new chapter in her career working in Early Childhood Education. She realized how important the first educational experiences for a child are in their development. Giannina worked for six years at Education First Incorporated Schools in Weston, Florida. While there, she implemented the “ Visible Thinking Routines” and the “Thinking Keys” proposed by “Project Zero” at Harvard University. These teaching strategies proved to be a great success with her students.
In January 2015, Giannina and her family moved to the beautiful city of Austin. It didn’t take long for them to realize that they had made the right decision by relocating to this family friendly city. Once settled, Giannina started working at a privately owned preschool located in Cedar Park. There, she worked as not only a Lead Preschool teacher and a Spanish Teacher.
Giannina’s ultimate goal for each of her students is they have a deep confidence in themselves. That they know there is no limitation to what they can achieve if they discover what their strengths are and how to apply them not only now, but down the road in life.
Giannina really looks forward to meeting the parents and children who are part of the MIS community!
Isis Silva is from Chihuahua, Mexico. There she was a children gymnastics teacher and a singer for over four years. She then moved to El Paso, Texas to attend The University of Texas at El Paso, graduating with a degree in International Business.
Her carrier in international logistics brought her to Austin, Texas. Isis is extremely passionate about staying active, creating music, and learning. Her interests lead her to start teaching Spanish classes and obtaining a yoga teacher certification. Eventually, she fully pursued a career in education and
became a full-time Spanish teacher at Green Sprout Preschool. She developed the Spanish immersion program “Canta, Canta” where she teaches music and movement to preschoolers. Isis has completed The Primary Years Program workshop by Texas IB Schools and is delighted to be part of the mission of The Magellan International School.
Carolina Palacios was born in Valencia, Venezuela. She loves reading, listening to music, going to the movies and the cultural scene in general. She loves animals, the sea and nature. In her spare time she likes to paint.
In 2004 she graduated from the University of Carabobo, obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Since then she has not stopped working in the educational field.
With more than 14 years of experience she has held the position of teacher with preschool and elementary school children. She also had the opportunity to work in the administrative area of a school as coordinator of the teachers’ curriculum. She considers this a great experience since it allowed her to know the operation of not only the curricular side but administrative side of a school.
In 2018, she moved to Austin, TX where she works as an assistant teacher. She is very grateful for this new opportunity because it allows her to develop her greatest passion, which is to teach.
Marcela Moguilevsky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she graduated as an Early Childhood educator at the Instituto Superior Sara C Ecclestone. While doing her student teaching practice, she started studying to become a primary years teacher and graduated from the Instituto Integral Modelo Argentino Rambam. After 10 years of experience teaching at an Early Childhood Education Center and at a variety of elementary schools, she decided to focus on her growing family.
In 2002 Marcela and her family moved to Austin, where her husband was hired to work in advertising, and she decided to stay home, helping their three kids adapt to their new life in the U.S. While her children were growing, Marcela developed different hobbies that made her a multi-talented modern mom. She studied food management and started a small organic empanadas business. She also experimented with materials and textures and created unique pieces of art for her own house and for friends. She also built and displayed modern coffee tables.
Marcela knows and loves everything about movies. She enjoys experimenting with personal food recipes, loves to travel, and likes to sing. Once her kids were older and sufficiently adjusted to Austin, she adopted a rescue dog (she now has two!) and decided to go back to her first love: education. Marcela is fluent in Spanish and English and proficient in Hebrew. She is very happy to be part of the Magellan International School community.
English Teacher, Preschool
Whitney Winchester was born in Houston, Texas. Whitney graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and her Masters degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. After moving to Austin in 2008, she attended an alternative certification program for teaching elementary school. Whitney worked in Austin Independent School District as the Director of Child Care at Lee Elementary school before accepting a position at Gorgeous Millie, a preschool in Austin. While there, Whitney taught children ages 1-4. Additionally, she served as the manager of the school and business.
Prior to Magellan, Whitney spent 2 years teaching English at Austin International School. While there, she taught both the 3- and 4-year old classes. Whitney also served as a coordinator for the Preschool and Kindergarten teams. Whitney joined The Magellan International School Faculty in 2017. She is honored to have the opportunity to work at Magellan. Her goal is to create an environment for each of the students where they can feel safe and nurtured as they develop both as students and members of a global community.
Art Teacher, PP3 - 2nd Grade
Dan Kaplan received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. After working for several years as a visual artist, he returned to school and obtained his K-12 art teacher certification at Carlow University. He has spent his professional life working as an educator, artist, and musician.
Dan believes that art is a great way for students to express and nourish their ideas. Every student, from the most literal-minded to the most abstract thinker, can find their place in the art room. The elementary years are a great time to explore these possibilities. For the past several years, Dan has been working in Austin as a visual artist and musician, and enjoys being a teacher at Magellan International School.
Music Teacher, Preschool and Lower Primary School
Rolando Ibañez has a degree in Music from the National Pedagogical University of Colombia. The emphasis on which he focused his career are drums. Thanks to his profession and his career he has ventured into other instruments such as guitar, bass and piano, the latter being one of his favorites.
His experience as a music teacher is 14 years. He has worked in different schools in Bogotá, Colombia, such as: Colegio Liceo Edad de Oro, Colegio Americano de Bogotá and Fontán Capital School, developing different musical projects, Choirs, Tunas, musical groups of different genres, festivals, concerts, etc.
In 2010, he started working at Colegio Gimnasio del Norte, which is certified by the international baccalaureate in the PYP, MYP and DP programs. There he held the position of head of the music department, PYP and MYP teacher, director of the school’s symphony orchestra, conformed by more than 120 students. He has participated in short films as a support to students who are in the film program of the Diploma acting and writing music scores. At Gimnasio del Norte he got passionate about the International Baccalaureate and decided to do a post-graduate in the university Camilo José Cela of Spain with the title of “Expert in International Education”, acquiring his certificate of teaching and learning in the IB. He currently has 8 years of experience within the international Baccalaureate programs and is in initial training of IBEN to be a workshop and visiting member of the International Baccalaureate.
Rolando is passionate about music education as a fundamental part of the integral development of every human being and that is why he has dedicated himself for more than 14 years to this profession. Now, together with his wife, who is also a graduate in Basic Primary with an emphasis on Spanish Language and their two children, undertakes this beautiful experience in “The Magellan International School”
Physical Education Teacher, Preschool & Lower Primary School
Rubi achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University Of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She has twelve years of experience working with children. Rubi previously worked at Hudson Bend Middle School in the Special Education Department for the Lake Travis district.
Prior to working at Lake Travis, Rubi was the Physical Education Specialist at the International School of Texas. Rubi was a founding member of the International School of Texas. Early on in Rubi’s career she was an Education Assistant at Pflugerville High School.
Rubi grew up in Sinton, Texas which is north of Corpus Christi. She has two brothers and three sisters. In her free time Rubi enjoys working out and spending time outdoors.
Liliana Garza grew up in Monterrey, Mexico. Since she was little, she was known among her family and friends for her interest in books, which many years later inspired her to pursue a BA in Mexican Literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. She also earned a BA in Early Childhood Education from the Secretaria de Educación Pública in Mexico. Her first teaching job was as a preschool homeroom teacher in an English-immersion environment, a position she held for four years.
She moved to Mexico City afterwards, where she trained in Early Childhood Intervention and worked for The Churchill School, an IB school belonging to a Mexican-British foundation. She was the Preschool Librarian during her first year, reading stories to children ages 2 to 7 in Spanish and English, and went to take the role of a Year 1 teacher for the following two years.
In 2014, she completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education by the University of Buckingham in the UK. She is currently working towards obtaining a MA in Education by the same university via a pilot online program.
Lily has been in MIS since 2015. She loves her job as a Librarian and is very happy to share her love of reading with the kids.
Patrick is the founding director of the Francis Lo i.lab for Design + Making, a new, creative learning space at Magellan International School in Austin, TX. Besides directing the school’s innovation program, he is a lead mentor for the UTeach Maker fellowship program for The University of Texas at Austin, a senior fellow of the Thinkery EdExchange Program, and a frequent presenter at conferences including SXSWedu, Stanford FabLearn, and Maker Faire Austin.
Colleen has an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and 12 years of experience as a counselor and therapist. She moved to Austin about a year ago and has been counseling children in private practice utilizing interventions from play therapy, expressive arts and mindfulness. Previously, Colleen worked as a School-Based Therapist and a Senior Counselor in New York City and as a Behavior Interventionist in the Burlington School District in Vermont.