Kindergarten 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 Kinder 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.
Cristina Moreno was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Education with an emphasis on Basic Primary from Francisco José de Caldas University. She specializes in early literacy skills and children’s reading. Cristina grew up surrounded by writers, artists, journalists, and other people who influenced her vocation to become an innovative and creative teacher, as well as a critical thinker. She loves to work with children and is excited to see the personal development and potential in all of her students.
Prior to joining The Magellan International School community, Cristina has worked with the Department of Education in the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá. She served as a teacher and a librarian in different public schools where she implemented a transdisciplinary literacy program for young children. Cristina has also designed learning material for new readers. In 2013, she founded a literacy club for middle school readers. Cristina is interested in learning about children’s experiences and needs in order to enrich learning content. She considers today’s children to be curious, honest, playful, and outgoing by nature. She believes children show enormous potential if they are offered an education focused on making them autonomous individuals, as well as active members of their communities.
Lead Teacher & Kinder Grade Level Leader
Mave Martinez was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in
Early Childhood Education from the Jose Maria Vargas University in Caracas and her
Master’s Degree in Exceptional Students Education from Nova University in Florida. She has
also attended ARC Broward Learning Institute, where she completed coursework specialized
in behavioral analysis. Mave has been in education for the past 22 years. She has
experience teaching preschool and kindergarten. She started working as a teacher assistant
at the same school from which she graduated.
She then moved into a lead teacher role and later became the preschool curriculum
coordinator. Her experience as a preschool coordinator prompted her to create a team
project to encourage values in children including tolerance, collaboration and respect. This
was achieved through the use of books and puppets. Mave’s preschool work in Florida
involved implementing Visible Thinking Routines (Projects by Howard Garner and David
Perkins) from Harvard University. In this project, the students were exposed to different
thinking routines that help them increase their cognitive capacities. She worked in the
Cambridge School at Weston where she was a lead teacher in a bilingual classroom.
Through these experiences, she gained an understanding of the cognitive development
benefits of interdisciplinary education and the second language acquisition process. She also
has experience as a lead teacher for special needs students (Autism, Down Syndrome,
ADHD and cerebral palsy). Recently, she has worked as a teacher shadow in a Montessori
school. Mave’s hobbies include going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends
and getting to know different cultures and people. She is a professional, enthusiastic and
caring teacher who has a huge passion for teaching and learning.
Tania Doro is originally from Mexico City. In 1993 she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Anglo Español University in Preschool Education. With more than 25 years of experience, she worked for three important Kindergartens in Mexico City: Mexicana Del Valle School, Dos Naciones Unidas, and Alexander Bain School. Because of her hard work and commitment, in 2003 she began as coordinator of the Preschool Department.
In 2000, Tania started working with the PYP program for Early Childhood. In 2005, she participated in the evaluation process of the AB School in México. In 2006, she was invited to open a new AB School in Guanajuato. As Preschool Head at AB Irapuato School, she worked on a program for the inclusion of children with special needs in regular classrooms. In 2009, she studied for her Master’s Degree in Teaching and introduced her teaching team to the inclusion program, involving both children and parents. AB Irapuato is now recognized for their inclusion program.
In 2010, she began as the PYP Coordinator and participated in several IB workshops and conferences in Mexico. She currently has 16 years’ experience in the PYP Program and helped AB Irapuato in their PYP evaluation process. She wrote education articles for local magazines and was a speaker for National Expo Bebé 2009 in Guanajuato. She has also participated in local radio shows talking about preschool education.
Tania is an IB Workshop Leader and site visitor that authorizes and evaluates IB Schools in IB Americas.
In her spare time, Tania enjoys walking her dog named Austin, good movies, books, knitting, cooking and spending time with her family. She believes that preschool education is the foundation for adulthood – that values, habits and feelings are built in early childhood. Knowing that makes her truly committed.
Patty Guerroro was born in Brownsville, Texas, but was raised and received her early education in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Leaving her hometown for college, Patty earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Ciencias de la Educación from the Universidad de Monterrey, a Catholic university in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. After completing her degree, Patty returned to Matamoros where she taught Social Sciences at the secondary level. She also taught courses in Child Development and Learning Differences at the Centro Universitario del Noreste.
Patty came to Austin and participated in grant funded research which led to a full scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Texas at Austin. By enrolling in additional coursework, she also obtained certification in Bilingual Special Education. Patty has been a pre-school teacher at many different non-profit organizations in Austin and has worked most recently as a substitute teacher at AISD before joining MIS. Patty is the proud mother of three daughters.
Drama & Spanish Language Acquisition Teacher, Teaching Assistant
Luis “Lucho” Aya graduated from the Higer Arts Academy Asab Bogota in 1996. As a theater director, he has staged over 25 productions successfully in the most prestigious theaters of Colombia. Luis has repeatedly been invited to represent his country at the Iberoamerican Theater Festival (considered the most important theater festival in the world today). He has taught theater and art at the University ASAB and at Francisco José de Caldas in Bogotá and the University of Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
Luis has also worked as a middle and high school theater teacher at The Gimnasio Fontana in Bogotá, where he worked for five years. He served as a professor of a theater arts workshop for children and youth for over seven years at National Theatre Foundation. Luis has specialized in children’s theater primary to enrich the lives of children and their families through this art form. Luis is dedicated to the inspiration of this new generation of theater lovers.
Vivienne was born in Mexico City and was raised in a town called Cuernavaca. At the age of 18, she moved to Austin, Texas where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from the University of Texas. After graduation, Vivienne lived in L.A. and Houston and then moved to Beirut, Lebanon. During her time in the Middle East, Vivienne taught English as a second language in both the French Baccalaureate and the IB Programmes, gathering over 10 years of experience in teaching. She returned to Austin in January of 2020. She is fluent in four languages including Spanish, French, Arabic and English.
Missy Fleshman grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU), but had the opportunity to attend Oregon State University and the Universidad de Bio in Chillán, Chile as a part of her major. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Science. Missy had the unique opportunity to design her own major in which she chose to study Spanish, Sociology and Religious Studies. This major allowed her to have many opportunities to gain a global perspective and become more of a global citizen. While studying in Chile, her love for the Spanish language and culture truly blossomed.
Missy believes that all students enter the classroom with a diverse set of skills and knowledge and it is it her job to use those skills to ensure that they are successful learners in the classroom. Missy is truly dedicated to education. She has over a decade of experience. Missy has three years of formal teaching experience. In 2011, she was accepted into a rigorous alternative certification program, Texas Teaching Fellows, which focused on raising student achievement. Missy did her practice teaching at St. Elmo Elementary, here in Austin, Texas. She spent six years working with two tutoring programs that focused on reading and writing targeting low income students. There she increased student achievement by raising students’ interest in reading and motivated many students to make the honor roll for multiple consecutive nine-week periods.
While in Louisiana, she worked as the Head Coordinator for the Toddlers at The Learning Center using the High Reach Learning Program. She strongly believes that a global perspective mixed with an inquiry based philosophy is the best way to educate children. Missy is passionate about the community and serving it. She has dedicated her life to making a measurable difference in each of the many communities where she has lived. Most recently, she trained for the Austin Live Strong Half-Marathon while raising financial support for the Austin Children’s Shelter. She helped to raise over $40,000 for the shelter. In 2010, she spent over 40 hours volunteering to rebuild and renovate Lanier Elementary in Louisiana. And during her time at LSU she was the Philanthropy co-chair of her sorority, which raised over $30,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She also was an LSU football recruiter and she earned the title of Head of Fundraising in 2002. Her desire to make a difference in the lives of children has fueled her passion to build lasting relationships with the 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.
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.
Primary English Teacher
Wendy was born in New York, NY and grew up in Connecticut. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and a MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She began her teaching career as an English teacher in Granada, Spain, went on to teach 4th-6th grade in a Montessori school, followed by several years of elementary and ESL teaching experience in CT and Maine public schools. She holds professional teaching certification in both Elementary Education and English as a Second Language. Wendy’s teaching is based on being a model of a curious, lifelong learner with a love of literacy. She thoroughly enjoys nurturing childrens’ literacy development.
Primary Teaching Assistant
Ana Figueroa was born and raised in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Throughout her childhood, she attended schools with English programs and became fascinated with the language. In 2009, Ana and her family moved to the United States and began a new journey in Idaho. Eventually, her family ended up in Pflugerville, Texas, where Ana attended high school. She graduated from Texas State University with a BA in Anthropology and minored in Criminal Justice.
Ana has been involved with MIS since 2017, mostly recognized for her work in Summer Camp. Since her first interaction with Magellan, Ana was captivated by the school’s mission and practice of the IB learner profile. In 2020, Ana worked as a private Spanish Immersion teacher for preschool students learning at home. She was inspired to use the IB attributes and inquiry-based learning during her private teaching. When schools returned to full capacity in 2021, Ana was invited back to MIS to work as a Teacher Assistant in second grade. She considers being part of the Magellan community a privilege and is grateful to be somewhere that feels like home.
Ana is passionate about being a lifetime learner and advocating for equity and diversity. She believes nurturing children to be multicultural and principled thinkers is essential because they are the minds of the future. She is dedicated to creating a safe, empathetic, and stimulating environment so children can develop physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Ana appreciates the simple things in life— art, music, nature. She is passionate about learning diverse experiences and cultures throughout the world, and she hopes to influence her students to do the same.
Primary Innovation & Design Teacher
Sophia has more than 20 years of experience in education in both public and private schools. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Elementary Education and holds certifications in Special Education and ESL. Her passion is to help students become creative problem solvers and independent thinkers.
Marion Rocco earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education & Child Study from Smith College in Northampton, MA. Her first job after college was working for the acclaimed author and illustrator Eric Carle. It was through this work in his studio that she discovered the magic and power of picture books. Marion returned to school and completed the Master of Science in Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Since graduating, she has worked in school and public libraries and as an Austin ISD Program Specialist focusing on teacher and librarian professional development. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches an undergraduate course in Children’s Literature.
Marion’s interest in global and international literature keeps her active in professional organizations including the American Library Association and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). She served on the Batchelder Award Committee for best international children’s book in 2014 and co-chaired the USBBY conference that took place in Austin in 2019. Marion has presented on international and bilingual books at the International Board on Books for Young People, International Literacy Association, and Texas Library Association conferences. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.
Nurse, Anderson Lane
Deepa was raised in Toronto, Canada where she successfully completed her Bachelors
of Science in Nursing degree. She has been a nurse for the last 18 years, 16 of which
were spent in the Emergency department at the University Health Network (UHN), one
of Canada’s top research and teaching hospitals. During her time at UHN, Deepa also
served as the Nurse Educator for the emergency department and has completed a
couple of research fellowship projects to improve patient safety. She pursued her
passion for teaching by becoming a clinical course director for undergrads and
international nursing students at York University.
Deepa enjoys practicing hot yoga, hiking, cooking, baking and travelling. She currently
has a first grader at Magellan and is looking forward to expanding her role
professionally at Magellan International School.
Norma graduated from Pan-America University in Mexico City with a Bachelor degree in Bilingual Education and a Master’s degree in Family Counseling from the University of the Americas. She taught the first half of her career at the American School Foundation as a bilingual preschool teacher assistant for 4 years and lead teacher for over ten years. Then she accepted positions in China where she taught the IB PYP/MYP programs in Beijing International School (BISS) and Xiamen International School as a second grade, middle school Social Studies/ESOL teacher and as a guidance counselor. Returning to Mexico, she worked at a variety of schools as a high school/ preschool teacher and administrator.
In 2014 she moved to Georgetown, Texas with her husband and twin daughters who attend East View High School. For seven years, she was also a head counselor and instructor at the Culver Woodcraft Summer Leadership Schools and Camps. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking Mexican food, painting, meditating, photography, travelling, tending an herb garden, and visiting the beach with her family.
Primary Instructional Coach & Assistant PYP Coordinator
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!