Outside of the classroom, our board of directors and leadership team ensure that 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 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
Clayton was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Oklahoma City where most of his immediate family still resides. He attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate work and went on to complete graduate studies at Middlebury College and the University of Southern California.
After teaching in Spain, Clayton moved to Austin in 2007 to teach Spanish at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. He spent his last five years at St. Stephen’s as the Assistant Director of Admissions, primarily focusing on international recruiting of boarding students.
Clayton is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. He and his wife, Gaby, live in Northwest Hills with their two children and their dog. Spanish is the home language of the Smith family and they are advocates of a bi-literate education.
Clayton enjoys cooking, golf, running, and travel.
Human Resources Manager
Misty Esparza graduated from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas with a degree in Psychology, with concentrations in Abnormal Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.
In 2002, she began work at the Department of Homeland Security, living between New York, Washington DC and Austin, Texas. She resigned in 2013 to raise her daughter, Olivia.
Misty lives with Olivia and their two cats, Laszlo and Jinx. She is the Girl Scout Leader to Olivia’s troop, as well as volunteering as their Service Unit Cookie Cupboard, Fall Sales and Cookie Coordinator.
Board of Directors
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 2020-21 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.
Arthur VanderVeen has spent two decades leading organizations that seek to improve learning through assessment, technology, and data. He is founder and CEO of New Meridian, a nonprofit organization that helps states develop better assessments that focus on the skills that matter most for students’ future success: critical thinking, reasoning, research, and communication.
Previously, Arthur served in several roles with the New York City Department of Education, including Chief of Innovation and Executive Director of Assessments. He has also worked at Compass Learning and the College Board.
Arthur has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Colorado College.
Arthur and his wife, Deanna, have one daughter, Lauren, who attends Magellan. They strongly support Magellan’s inquiry-based approach to learning through the International Baccalaureate program.
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.
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.
Kate Adams joined the board of Magellan in Fall of 2019. Her career has been dedicated to leading and serving international and language immersion schools in the United States. Kate is currently the Chief Academic Officer at The Awty International School, a preK3 – 12th grade school with a spanish and french immersion program as well the IB diploma program. Prior to her time at Awty, Kate was the founding principal of the Arabic Immersion Magnet School (AIMS), a language immersion school for non-native Arabic speakers, the first of its kind in the United States. Before joining AIMS, Kate honed her school leadership skills at Houston Academy for International Studies, where she served as dean and wore many hats in its early years as a school.
Kate is an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Masters in Educational Administration and a Bachelors in History with a minor in Social Work.
Kate’s passion for international education dates back to her own upbringing; she was raised in Cairo, Egypt. There Kate learned Arabic and Spanish and developed her passion for education.
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.
Dr. Tannon Carroll is an interventional cardiologist with the Seton Heart Institute, where he serves as Co-Director of the Seton Heart Valve Clinic, a program he helped initiate with the CEO. He holds board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise and interest include transcatheter treatment of complex valve disease, closures of heart defects in adults, transradial cardiac catheterization, causes of atypical chest pain, resistant hypertension and peripheral vascular disease management and intervention.
Tannon completed both his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship programs at Stanford University where he was selected as chief fellow. He attended medical school and internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Tannon also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, a degree he obtained while attending medical school. His undergraduate alma-mater is the University of Texas at Austin making him a huge Longhorn sports fan.
Outside of work, Tannon enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Danielle, and their three children, two of which are at Magellan. He also loves traveling, playing golf and all things UT. Go Horns!
Erin Mindell Cannon is a Program Manager on Google’s Developer Relations team, working on google.dev — an inclusive educational platform for developers at all phases and experience levels. Prior to this role, she worked on Google’s Computer Science Education team where she focused primarily on external education outreach. She has worked on projects such as Computer Science for High School — a grant-giving program to “train the trainer” in CS education, CS First — which brings Computer Science education to middle school children of all backgrounds, and the open-sourced platform Course Builder — a product that allows anyone to create an online course from a template. While on that team, she developed and led programs in the CS retention space, including the CS mentorship programs igniteCS and AI Research Mentorship.
Over the past several years, Erin has been involved in various CS Education related initiatives including the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Education Board Retention Committee— currently serving as a co-chair, helping the College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles get up and running, the College for Every Student’s CS initiative, and serving on the Advisory Board for a National Science Foundation (NSF) project on collaborative research in the CS education space.
Prior to her 11 years at Google, Erin worked at the non-profit Jewish National Fund on their education team.
Erin has resided in Austin since 2015 along with her partner, their two children, and two dogs.
She has been locally involved in Meals on Wheels as a volunteer, along with her five year old. Additionally, she recently started as a Board of Directors member of the local non-profit Creative Action , which empowers and educates youth through the transformative power of creative expression, social and emotional learning, and social justice education.
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”) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory performing mission design, analysis, software and hardware development for interplanetary spacecraft missions. Working at NASA was his childhood dream, a dream that was in large part made possible by his elementary and high school education at an international school in Mexico City. His own schooling experience inspired Erin to launch Magellan so that other children, including his own, could also find their purpose and live out their own childhood dreams.
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 not only starting Magellan, but also leading other non-profit initiatives, like the Bazaarvoice Foundation, that empowers kids with the entrepreneurial skills they will need to change the world. Currently, Erin is Chief Product Office at Aceable, an online and mobile education company that provides unparalleled training and services for the life people want.
Erin is the father of two children, both of which graduated from the Magellan middle school. 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.
Karee joins the Board after five years of volunteering in various roles for the school. She began by serving as room parent (a role she continues to enjoy) and grew to chairing Magellan’s largest fundraiser of the year, Noche de Gala, where she increased fundraising revenue over 200% from previous years. She has used her work experience in recruiting and professional development to implement new strategies for fundraising and community building. This past year, she was proud to receive the inaugural Erin Defossé Inspirational Leadership Award, named after the founder of the school.
Karee graduated from the University of Texas in 2001, and worked as a Legal Recruiter and in Professional Development for several international law firms. She returned to Austin in 2012 after 10 years living and working in Washington DC and Chicago. When she isn’t volunteering for the school, she enjoys taking her kids on public transportation adventures to explore Austin, finding new restaurants to try and spending time with her husband, Loren, and their two kids, Millie and Otis, both current Magellan students.
Carrie Ivers Reeuwijk
Carrie is a seasoned healthcare executive who most recently 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. She currently serves on the board of directors of Conceivable, a digital health fertility company and as an advisor to Altr, a blockchain data security enterprise. Carrie received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and her MBA from the University of Chicago and 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.
Teri Taylor heads Sales & Marketing at Moment Motors, an Austin-based automotive company converting classic cars into electric vehicles. Her career has focused on vehicle design and development in the automotive industry, as well as product and service marketing in healthcare and residential construction industries where she has served national and world wide firms such as Nissan North America, Acura and KB Home.
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 is a Central Texas Board Member of the GirlStart organization in Austin. Teri and Chris have two daughters, both students at Magellan.
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.