Staff & Administration
Keeping a two-campus school with 450+ students and 70+ faculty running smoothly is no simple task! The staff and administration that support our teachers and leaders are committed to ensuring that The Magellan International School is equipped and cared for and that our programs outside of the classroom are vibrant and enriching. Meet the team below!
Assistant Director, Advancement & Admissions
Paige Polishook was born in Dallas, raised outside of San Francisco and attended Vanderbilt University, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in English and Human and Organizational Development. She began her career in San Francisco in hospitality sales at a small boutique property and eventually sold for a large convention property before moving on to becoming a corporate meeting planner at a research institute. Later Paige joined a commercial development firm in Silicon Valley as a Project Manager.
Paige happily returned to her Texas roots in 2003 when she and her husband moved to Austin with their young daughter, Sydney. As their family grew with the addition of their son Jack, Paige stepped away from the corporate world to be a fulltime mom. Her children are now in middle and high school in Cedar Park and their family has grown to include three dogs, the newest and youngest addition being a French Bulldog named Lulu.
Paige is thrilled to be a part of the Admissions and Advancement team at Magellan International School.
After graduating from Baylor University with a BBA/Masters of Accountancy she was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Texas. She was employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Austin as an external auditor where she worked primarily with clients in the technology and financial industries. Sarah went on to hold a position as Senior Accountant at National Instruments in Austin.
As a mom to three children, Lilah, Luke and Charlie, she spent several years as a full-time mom, opening up a professional residential organizing business and volunteering her free time. She is a previous Magellan parent, with her eldest graduating from Magellan’s PYP program in 2018, and is thrilled to be a part of the Magellan community again. Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, organizing, traveling to new places, and enjoying all the food, beauty and entertainment Austin has to offer.
After School Care & Summer Camp Coordinator
Campus Manager, Chimney Corners
Annette Ortiz-Wilson was born and raised in San Antonio,Texas and is a first-generation American from a Mexican background. She is a mother of three and a grandmother of two. Annette began her career in education in the late 90’s as a Teacher’s Assistant, and a few years later a Pre- Kinder teacher. In 2004, she moved on to be an Assistant Principal for School of Excellence in Education, a middle and high school in San Antonio, Texas. She is passionate about every aspect of education, from the administration framework and hierarchy to mentoring children.
Annette is also President/Founder of a nonprofit organization in San Antonio, “San Antonio Ladies Empowering Group.” Annette’s mission was to bring awareness to the needs of the community by assisting individuals on their personal journey of self-growth and personal empowerment. Her nonprofit also provided humanitarian support and enrichment opportunities to those most in need, with a focus on “Paying it Forward.” Her passion, hard work, and dedication have won her awards such as the Heart Angel Award, Teacher of the Year Award, and the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle Award”.
When she is not out trying to save the world through community service, Annette relaxes by playing golf and spending time with her husband and two grandsons.
Campus Manager, Anderson Lane
Jacalyn Helms is a Texas-licensed attorney. She graduated from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, where she completed an internship as a Shawnee County Misdemeanor Prosecutor.
Prior to attending law school, Jacalyn sampled many careers including managing a heavy metal band, working at a fine jewelry store, working as a community activist and as an award-winning reporter and an editor at the daily newspaper, The Topeka Capital-Journal for many years. In Kansas, she owned a publishing and public relations company and published the area’s only minority-focused newspaper, The Topeka Sentinel before moving to Dallas after completing law school. In Dallas, she worked for SBC (now AT&T) as a compliance expert on state and federal telecommunications laws and regulations.
After a couple of years in private practice in Dallas, she moved to the Boston area then back to Topeka KS. This time in Topeka she became a Special Education paraprofessional in the public schools. While there she created and led afterschool boys and girls leadership academies, designed to teach third through fifth grade students leadership, civics, community involvement and other skills to complement those taught in the classrooms. She moved to Austin from Topeka, to be near family.
Kim Johnson was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati before embarking on a move to Austin, Texas. It is here that she met and married her husband, Chris. They have one adult daughter who is now married and teaching in Austin.
Kim began her career in Austin working for a telecommunications company. She then moved to mortgage lending for commercial and residential properties. When their daughter was born, Kim decided to stay at home until her daughter began school. Kim re-entered the workforce as a travel agent for American Express handling the corporate travel account for the IBM Austin office. She then transferred to the financial division buying and selling foreign currency for corporate and personal travel. When the office closed down after 9/11 Kim continued working with smaller companies as office manager, administrative assistant and most recently as a production manager for Austin owned businesses.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys travelling, cooking, crafting, riding bikes, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.
In addition to driving vans and keeping our campuses in top shape, Roy is also a professional horseshoe pitcher! He placed 7th in the 2019 World Tournament.
Chelsea Wilson graduated from Aurora University’s Nursing Program with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She is also a certified Family and Perinatal Health Coach. During her time at Aurora University, Chelsea served as the Secretary for their chapter of the National Student Nurses Association, as well as a health aid at the Campus STEM school. Chelsea’s passion for health and education in the community led her to her first job as a School Nurse in an inner city Phoenix school district in Arizona. She served there for a little over a year before relocating back to Chicago Suburbs to work in her local community school. Chelsea and her family relocated to Austin in the Summer of 2019 as her Husband was accepted into Texas State University’s Masters program in School Psychology. During the 2019-2020 school year, Chelsea worked as a pediatric Homehealth/1:1 nurse.
Chelsea feels that a holistic approach to the health of the community and its children is the most effective approach. An approach that is comprehensive, taking into account the mind and the body with understanding that humans and their environment should be treated as a single system. She also values family, commitment, knowledge and an open-minded way of living. Chelsea uses all these ideas in her nursing care so that those she interacts with feel whole, seen and safe.
Chelsea is a wife and mother of 3. She enjoys baking, cooking, spending time outside, hiking, biking, yoga and swimming. She also enjoys finding new ways to involve her children in everyday tasks. She will be serving Magellan as the Preschool Nurse and is so excited to be apart of such an amazing team.