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.
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.
Tatiana Handford was born in Cali, Colombia, land of salsa, sugar, great sun, mountains, ocean, jungle and happy people. Traveling has allowed her to explore the world learning the different cultures, a tremendous help in expressing and achieving great communication by being surrounded by so many people of the outside world.
Tatiana received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Finance at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali. For 22 years, she was the founder and owner of a company that worked to recover assets from the portfolio of banks, corporations and multinational companies in Colombia. Tatiana, her late husband, children and grandchildren moved to the United States in 1999 and soon enrolled at the University of Texas to study English language. Since, she’s served as a business owner, Spanish tutor and child care provider, the latter inspiring her to pursue full time employment in the field of children’s education.
She has served as a substitute teacher and after school care teacher at Magellan and is delighted to join Magellan as a Teaching Assistant for our PP3 students.
Mayra Vázquez was born in the state of Tamaulipas, México, but was raised in the city of Brownsville, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Throughout her college years, she joined the business world and worked seven years in the banking industry. However, Mayra was always passionate about teaching and helping others succeed academically. Therefore, in 2014, Mayra decided to move to Austin, TX, in hopes of pursuing her desire to teach. She worked for two years at a charter school as a co-teacher and lead teacher, and she is now thrilled to begin a new experience at The Magellan International School.
Mayra speaks English and Spanish and is proficient in French. In 2011, she was very fortunate to study abroad in Paris, France, where she was able to experience a full French language immersion. This opportunity broadened her perspective about learning and the differences between cultures. Mayra became aware of the importance of acquiring not only a second language; but even a third one.
Additionally to learning languages, Mayra also enjoys reading, cooking, and going to the pool. Mayra is excited to make a meaningful difference in the life of her students. She strongly believes that our most powerful investment for the future is our children, and she feels committed to prepare our children to become better global citizens.
Malena Chavez was born in Lima, Peru. She has been married to her husband, Paolo since 1994. She has two children, Fernando, who is currently studying at Texas State University, and Andrea, who is currently a student at New York University. She moved to Texas in 2007, and before that she lived in Florida for 14 years.
She has always enjoyed working with children. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Peru at the “Universidad Nacional de San Marcos”. She got her National CDA degree in Early Childhood Education from Palm Beach Community College. She has completed the Director Credential Classes along with additional courses in education every year. She has been working in Early Childhood Education field since 1994 and before that she was working as a teacher in her country.
Mónica Chávez has more than 20 years of experience teaching the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). She has a BA in Education and has spent the majority of her career working as a bilingual lead teacher at schools in Mexico City. Mónica also taught for three years under the supervision of our Primary Head, Sagrario Argüelles, at the Escuela Bilingüe Internacional in Oakland, and more recently served as the PYP Coordinator for a small international school in Denver.
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.
Charity Singletary comes to Magellan after four rewarding years of teaching at Awty International School in Houston. Prior to that, she taught for five years in Houston area public schools and also worked for one year at the Oslo International School in Norway. Charity has a BS in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and has benefited from extensive professional development, including the Project Zero Classroom at Harvard University and the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University.
Physical Education Teacher & Athletic Director
Darrell was born in San Antonio, TX. He has lived primarily in central Texas his whole life, except for a few years in New Jersey. Currently, Darrell is in the process of obtaining his Bachelor of Science of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He will be the PYP and MYP Physical and Health Education teacher. He will also be working as the Athletic Coordinator at MIS.
While working outside of the education field, he has continued to hold positions working with youth throughout the Austin area, including Cedar Park and Round Rock. He has coordinated and helped develop several youth programs including soccer camps, after school programs, and basketball academies. Darrell also owns a small business for youth athletic development where he has trained athletes from the ages of 5-18 in a wide range of sports such as track & field, basketball, football and soccer.
Darrell is married and a father of 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls). When he is not working, he is usually outside reading a good book or inside playing the latest video game. His latest hobby is to go hiking in the Austin greenbelt. Darrell enjoys attending Austin Spurs and Texas Longhorn basketball games here in Austin or traveling to San Antonio to walk the River Walk and attend a San Antonio Stars WNBA game.
Music Teacher, Upper Primary & Middle School
Although he began college as a Classical guitarist and music major, he switched to Music Education with a focus on IB programs in order to learn more about how young students promote their natural talents based on the IB philosophy.
Since graduating from college, Carlos’ love for performing and studying music have led him to a variety of positions within his professional career. He has played classic guitar in a duet with a violinist, as well as, electric guitar for different rock and jazz bands. Carlos has served as consultant on musical projects in Colombia with his Professor, Victor Taboada. It was during his work with Professor Taboada that Carlos learned a deep appreciation for the power of music to develop social skills, memory, coordination in young learners, and to open communication between people of different cultures.
Carlos returned to Saint Thomas University in Bogotá, Colombia, to pursue a Bachelors in English as a foreign Language. There, he was one of ten music teachers chosen to participate in a project connecting the university and high schools offering the IB Music Diploma Program.
Carlos has taught in private schools, music academies, and at the National University of Colombia as part of the extended music program. In addition to his work at Magellan International School, Carlos serves as an examiner of Music for the IB MYP program.
Carlos is passionate about his family (two boys and his wife). They spend time doing different activities such as biking, swimming and exploring Austin.
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.
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.
Carmen James is an enthusiastic educator who sees potential for great things and uniqueness in every child. She believes that the more we connect school-based learning to students’ interests, experiences, and curiosity, the better the educational outcomes will be. She sees freedom within boundaries, exploration, and risk-taking as necessities. Carmen promotes cooperative learning, inquiry, creativity, and play in early learning experiences, while also recognizing the importance of focused and structured learning of early literacy skills. She loves reading, and especially loves sharing reading experiences with children.
Carmen earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish from Columbia College Chicago/Erikson Institute for Child Development. The early emphasis on developmentally appropriate practice, creativity in teaching and learning, and the multiple languages/intelligences of children has greatly influenced her teaching through the years. She has an M.A. in Latin American Studies/Humanities from UT Austin as well as a M.Ed. from UT Austin in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies, which has helped to connect her to the local education community.
Carmen holds several state teaching certificates: IL Early Childhood Education and Bilingual Education, TX EC-6 Generalist, Bilingual Education, and was a candidate for Master Reading Teacher in Fall 2014. She is a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education and the International Reading Association. She has taught in public, charter, and private schools for 12 years in the primary grades. She started out in her home city of Chicago and came to Austin in 2009 to be a part of the Magellan founding team. She taught Kindergarten for five years at M.I.S. before moving into the Literacy Specialist position in 2014. Carmen loves nature, gardening, music, writing, sewing, and traveling, and is kind of obsessed with her dogs. She also loves spending time with her husband and family.
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.
Dominique Kohl will serve as Counselor for kindergarten through 4th grade. Dominique has an MA in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Houston. For the past two years she has worked as a counselor at an elementary school in Austin, and she also had five years teaching experience. Dominique has been an invited speaker at the “We Are Girls” conferences in both Austin and Houston.
PYP and MYP Art Teacher
Paula Trejos was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Upon graduation from high school, she attended the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, where she received a degree in Fine Arts. While at university in Colombia, Paula was fortunate to play volleyball at the highest level. Not only did Paula play for her university, but also for the Colombian National team four times. She had the privilege of traveling throughout South America, the Caribbean and Central America. In 2008, she received an offer to play volleyball at Pratt Community College and to attend school in the United States.
After two first team All-American years at Pratt, where she set the school record in aces, she received a full scholarship to play volleyball at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. Before leaving Pratt, she was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. In her two years at Wayland, she set numerous records while being named first team All-Conference twice and receiving Team MVP her senior season. Paula also excelled in art, her area of study. She finished 20 original pieces and was published in the local newspaper. In addition, she won the Plains Art Association Scholarship award, which judged two original art pieces from their gallery.
In 2012 she received her degree in Graphic Design from Wayland Baptist University. At Wayland, Paula participated in youth coaching and assistant coaching at Plainview Christian Academy High School. She began to coach the 14’s and under team with the Max High Performance volleyball club in Austin, while substituting for AISD. After five successful years as a preschool PYP Lead Teacher, Paula Trejos (Lacey) will move to the art department this year. She is excited to share her passion for art with both PYP and MYP students. Paula has a BA in Fine Arts from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Colombia and a BA in Graphic Design from Wayland Baptist University. She holds teaching certifications in art, bilingual education and Spanish.
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.