3rd Grade Faculty
3rd grade students at The Magellan International School are supported by a highly qualified lead teacher in the classroom with exceptional fluency in Spanish. Most faculty members at MIS are native Spanish speakers. Student learning is also guided by specialty 3rd grade teachers in English, Mandarin, Library, Art, Music, Digital Literacy, Design/Innovation and Physical Education. Social & Emotional learning is supported by both the classroom teacher as well as a Counselor, and Learning Support is provided by our Literacy & Learning Specialists.
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.
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.
She also worked as a classroom teacher for Carpe Diem Academy, an after school enrichment program at an elementary school. She traveled to Dungarvan in southern Ireland for 10 weeks during her junior year, where she served as an aide in a preschool classroom at St. Mary’s Primary School. Carol discovered her interest in education after completing some of her service work at a public school in Honduras during her senior year of high school. Later she volunteered at FEREMA, a non-profit organization aimed at providing preschool education across the country of Honduras. She enjoys painting, traveling, and scuba diving and is very excited to join the team at Magellan International School.
Mansi Shah rejoins the Magellan faculty after a two-year absence. Most recently, Mansi was a 3rd grade Dual Language Teacher in Round Rock. She has a BA in Spanish Language Teaching and an MA in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Texas at Austin. Mansi has extensive IB training and was previously a lead teacher at Magellan for seven years.
Paola Nureña studied at the Catholic University in Lima, Peru, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Learning Difficulties. Paola has five years of experience as a PYP lead teacher at the Hiram Bingham School in Lima.
Elsy Lozano grew up in Los Llanos Orientales, in the southern part of Colombia, where she learned how to ride horses and enjoy the freedom of ranch living. At a young age she moved to Bogata where she attended Corporacion Universitaria Unitec obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Administration. Her husband’s job brought her and her family to the United States, New Hampshire, in 1997.
Her passion for working with kids began in 2003 when she started working as a volunteer at the Adult Learning Center Child Day Care in Nashua, NH, assisting with the daily plans, activities, and supervision of children. In 2003, she moved with her family to the Austin area where she worked for AISD becoming an established and respected assistant for teachers, preparing materials and instruction as well as meeting the physical and intellectual needs of students with and without disabilities. She has been teaching students in both Spanish and English language for the last 15 years.
One of her favorite pastimes is reading. Her favorite books include One Hundred years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Angels and Demons.
Alicia is thrilled to be an English Teacher at Magellan. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville as well as a Texas Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood to 6th grade. She has taught a variety of elementary grades; this will be her 5th year teaching elementary school.
As the children enter second grade, they dive deep into an ocean of exciting opportunities in English literacy and build upon the knowledge and skills acquired from previous years’ learning. Each child adds his/her unique learning style, interest and personality to the classroom. Alicia’s goal is to teach to the uniqueness of the child in an authentic and meaningful way while integrating with the PYP curriculum. Students will focus on integrating the Units of Inquiry with a variety of literature from both fiction and non-fiction texts to acquire reading and writing skills. Students will also learn how to incorporate the “Writing Traits” into their writing. In addition to valuable reading and writing knowledge, they will practice listening and oral skills by presenting their writing pieces to others, working in small groups and participating in class. Alicia’s teaching style includes a variety of instructional strategies such as modeling, differentiated small group instruction, the use of student rubrics, peer and teacher conferences, and inquiry based model practices.
Alicia looks forward to a fantastic year working with the students and families!
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.
Growing up in a Taiwanese family of educators, Ms. Weiwen always has seen teaching and learning as a priority. Her immense interest in languages led her onto the path of Anthropology and foreign languages at the National University in Taiwan. As part of her university program, she expanded her language repertoire into Spanish, French and Japanese. She later obtained her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Monterey Institute in California, and a MA in Linguistics at University of Texas at Arlington. Upon graduation from TESOL, she taught Mandarin Chinese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. She has also taught English for 4 years in colleges in Taiwan and 2 years in Japan. Her specialty and experience in English teaching and learning consistently enhanced her reflection on her own native languages, and eventually motivated her to become a Mandarin Chinese teacher.
Ms Weiwen has been a devotee of student centered learning and communicative language teaching. She strives to know each individual student and his/her learning style to help them learn the target language in a meaningful way, and ultimately help them know their own strengths and build confidence. Language learning is such an intriguing human activity that she believes will be remarkably beneficial to any human being in all aspects of life. Weiwen wants to focus on children’s language learning now and discover the world together with them.
Ms Weiwen is also a trained interpreter and translator. She volunteered as an interpreter in several church events in Taiwan. She is also part of the Chinese and English translation team for the book, “Taiwan’s struggle: Voices of the Taiwanese” (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, February 18, 2014).
Bilingual Learning Specialist
Auristela de Seijas
Auristela de Seijas was born in Caracas, Venezuela. There she attended the College of Special Education (CUP) where she obtained a degree as a Special Education Teacher and specialized in helping children with learning disabilities. She has more than 25 years of experience working in elementary and middle schools in Venezuela, both in the private and public sectors. She also had a private practice in Caracas for ten years, where she worked with a multidisciplinary team of professionals to assist children with mild to moderate learning disabilities.
In 2010, Auristela moved with her family to Houston, Texas, where she began working in the Houston Independent School District. There she supported the Migrant Department and lead the group of tutors responsible for providing intervention services to students from K to 8th grades. Later, Auristela worked at Friends For Life Charter School where she had the opportunity to implement the “Response to Intervention Program” for students from 1st to 8th grades. In 2012, she obtained the Multiple Intelligences certificate through the Multiple Intelligence Institute in Cambridge, MA and she will obtain her certification in Generic Special Education in Texas (PK-12) later this year. One of the things that Auristela loves the most about teaching is having the opportunity to build relationships with students and their families. Working with a diverse student population has taught her that creating an inclusive classroom that fosters a sense of belonging is key for students to have a healthy learning experience.
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.
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.
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.
Librarian Associate & Research Specialist
Veronica Krause was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina, where she attended college and received her law degree from The National University of Cordoba. Upon graduation, she studied for a Master’s in International Business Administration and a got a dual degree from The National University of Cordoba, Argentina and from the University of Barcelona, Spain. During this time, she worked as a lawyer in Argentina for several years.
In 2009, she moved to Austin, Texas with her husband and found joy working for the Austin Independent School District in bilingual education. Veronica joined the Magellan staff in 2015 and is very curious about different cultures and enjoys traveling to different countries. She believes that multilingual education is very important, especially in this day and age. She enjoys playing a role in helping children with their learning process.
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.