2nd Grade Faculty
2nd grade students at The Magellan International School are supported by highly qualified lead and assistant teachers in the classroom with exceptional fluency in Spanish. Most faculty members at MIS are native Spanish speakers. Student learning is also guided by specialty 2nd grade teachers in English, Library, Art, Music, Digital Literacy, Design/Innovation and Physical Education. Social & Emotional learning is supported by both classroom teachers as well as a Counselor.
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.
Orfa Garcia is originally from Colombia and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Spanish from the Monserrate University Foundation in Bogotá. For the last twelve years, she has been a classroom teacher and an administrator in different schools in her country.
Orfa has extensive experience working with the Primary Years Programme (PYP). For twelve years, she has collaborated in different schools such as the Colegio Americano de Bogotá, Fontán Capital School, and Gimnasio Campestre los Cerezos. Orfa has attended different Primary Years Programme (PYP) workshops and is very passionate about education.
Orfa’s husband Rolando Ibañez (Rolo) is also part of the Magellan family, as a music teacher. Together with their two children, they embark on this beautiful experience in Austin, Texas and at The Magellan International School.
Anabella Salas-Charlton received her five year degree, specializing in Education and Child Psychology, from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. Having moved around the world while growing up, Ana has been exposed to a plethora of cultures and mindsets that have encouraged her expression through art. With 16 years of international teaching experience, she merges her passion for creating with her vocation for teaching. Her focus is on social and emotional development while promoting a “maker mindset”, guiding children to understand a challenge and focus on the solutions.
Carol Dala was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she attended Academia Los Piñares, a K-12 private bilingual Christian school. In high school she was part of the volleyball and soccer teams and was involved in various service projects and functioned as a translator during mission trips. She earned an academic scholarship to attend Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where she completed a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. At Mercyhurst, she was an active member of the Unicef chapter and a volunteer for the city’s Special Olympics.
Carol Dala was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she attended Academia Los Piñares, a K-12 private bilingual Christian school. In high school she participated in various service projects and served as a translator during mission trips. Carol earned an academic scholarship to attend Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where she completed a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. At Mercyhurst, she was an active member of the UNICEF chapter and a volunteer for the city’s Special Olympics.
Carol joined the Magellan International School team in 2014 as a teaching assistant and became a PYP lead teacher in 2016. Since that time, she has taught in both 1st and 3rd grades. Carol also completed advanced language practitioner training at the Rawson Saunders Institute, enriching her ability to support students with learning differences, including dyslexia.
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.
Ismary Tyre Torres was born in Venezuela. Since childhood she has been addicted to learning about countries and cultures. She studied at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education.
After graduating, she spent over 6 years of her career dedicated to the field of human resources, working in training and talent development in both Venezuela and Chile. In 2017, Ismary and her husband Chris decided to establish new roots in Austin, Texas. Soon after moving to Austin, she began working at a private preschool as an Associate Teacher and also in charge of the Spanish Enrichment Program.
Complimenting her passion for education, Ismary spends her free time playing soccer and kickball with friends, traveling, and visiting new places in Austin. She is very excited to belong to Magellan International School’s family and grow professionally in the International Baccalaureate world.
Paola Samaniego is from Quito-Ecuador, and this is her fifteenth year teaching. She has has experience working with children between the ages of two months and eight years old. This is her tenth year teaching Spanish. Paola received a BS in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Psychology from Keene State College in New Hampshire. Paola later earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Jaen’s University in Spain. Paola loves the PYP program and implementing it in the classroom. In the last year she has been learning more about sensory integration and self regulation. She is a firm believer in differentiation in the classroom, every child learns differently and as a teacher she wants to be able to provide many opportunities in order to acquire the skills needed to become lifelong learners!
She believes the inquiry based program works for children of all ages, but especially with young children who have that natural curiosity and desire to learn how the world around them works. She welcomes all your input and support throughout the school year!
Mayra attained a BA in Academic Studies with a minor in Fine Arts and certifications in Spanish in Early Childhood through Grade 4. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2007. Mayra loves teaching in the general classroom as well as working with smaller groups to cater to all of her student needs. Most recently she taught Dual Language in her home state of Texas. Mayra is a Houston native and the oldest of 4 children.
Mayra grew up in a Spanish speaking home and this helped her become fully fluent in both English and in Spanish. As part of her university program she took a summer to further her study of the Spanish language at the Universidad Iberoamericana located in Puebla, Mexico.
She also spent 6 years of her teaching career abroad at IB International Schools; one located in South Korea and two in Germany. There she served as ESL specialist and helped many children be successful in the mainstream classroom by providing engaging and individualized lessons. She recently returned to Austin, a city she loves very much! She is thrilled to be working with primary students at Magellan International School and is looking forward to an exciting year of growth and learning!
Diana was born Mexico City and studied communications and mass media with a strong focus in advertising.For several years she was fortunate to work for various advertising agencies as well as teach related courses at the Universidad Anahuac, located in Mexico City.
In 2009, Diana moved to 2009 with her husband and four children. In 2013, she began working at the Magellan International school as an after school care and substitute teacher. In 2016, she was promoted to a Teaching Assistant position.
Her hobbies include reading, listening to music and going to the movies with her family. She considers herself a very social and outgoing individual. Her philosophy in life is to always give the best of herself while sparing no efforts.
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.
Technology and Design Teacher
Kenneth Hawthorn will be our new Technology and Design Teacher in the lower Primary grades. Ken started his career as a mechanical engineer helping startups build proof-of-concept prototypes. His professional life shifted direction more than ten years ago when he started working as a volunteer with academically at-risk students at a local school. He ended up creating a STEM program that expanded to 17 school districts in California! That experience pulled him full time into the world of technology education, and he has never looked back. For the past five years, Ken has served as the creator and director of the Mechatronics Program at an elementary school in Menlo Park.
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.
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”
Alessia Bulsara grew up in a multicultural family, living in her father’s native India for five years before residing in Houston, Texas with her mother’s Catalan family. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston, later returning to obtain her Masters of Education in Counseling. Alessia is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a certified teacher, in the state of Texas and is also working towards becoming credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist.
Alessia’s passion for counseling children and families only grew as she completed her practicum hours for her master’s degree, and later stayed on to continue working as a counseling intern, at a child psychologist’s private practice in Houston. There, Alessia was able to attain experience and clinical skills providing individual, group, and dyad counseling services, both in office and in the school setting. Following this, she worked as a Professional Educator at the Monarch School and Institute for two years before moving into the role of a Therapeutic Coach, providing students with neurological differences individualized social, emotional and self-regulation/management support. Alessia simultaneously worked with children and families in a play therapy private practice in Houston, providing individual counseling services, parent support and online resources.
Alessia primarily utilizes a child centered therapeutic approach when working with children, meeting the child where they are at. She truly believes in the importance of a strong foundational relationship in order to provide support to the child and their family, and works as partners with parents, teachers and other supports in the child’s life to create a tailored, consistent and unique plan which focuses on the whole child.
In her spare time, Alessia enjoys travelling and exploring new places, yoga, and photography. She is very excited to be a part of the Magellan team.
Daniela Melo is Magellan’s Learning Specialist in lower Primary (K-3). She has a Master of Arts in Special Education from UT-Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication Disorders. After working for five years as a speech therapist and resource teacher in her native Mexico, Daniela moved to Austin where she has worked as a bilingual special education teacher and department coordinator for the past nine years.