4th Grade Faculty
4th 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 4th 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.
Orlando González grew up in a quiet town in Northeast Texas. He was actively involved in sports and academics throughout his high school years. As a high school student, he earned multiple awards for academic excellence. Among those awards is the Eagle Scout Award. His passion for teaching started at the Child Development Center of Mount Pleasant, which is accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). During this time, he helped organize and was part of many after school programs such as PATH (Parent Are Teachers at Home), Fatherhood Night, and 21st CCLC (Century Community Learning Centers).
These programs aimed to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children and parents, particularly those whose students attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. It was during this time that Orlando discovered his passion for teaching and love for children. For his hard work and dedication, Orlando was awarded the “Above and Beyond Award” given by the superintendent of the school district to a member who excels in performance.
At the age of 20, Orlando moved to Austin. During this time, he taught at Lake Hills Montessori as the primary I teacher assistant while he attended Austin Community College. LHM provided extensive Montessori method training, which allowed him to conduct and implement his own curriculum in Spanish during his third year there. Orlando also attended Texas State University. He plans to pursue a Masters in Developmental Psychology and become a Diagnostician. Orlando is proud to be part of the Magellan International School’s team and is committed to its mission.
Angie Bermudez was born in Ocaña, Colombia, a small town in the northern part of the country. At age 17, she moved to Bogotá, where she received her BA in Philology and Language Acquisition with a specialization in English at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, one of the most prestigious universities in all of Latin America. After Angie graduated, she moved to Seoul, South Korea for her first international teaching experience.
Angie’s time in Korea made her realize that she wanted to inspire children to become the best they could be. She believes that teachers are some of the most important role models for children, and it is in the teacher’s hands to impact children’s lives in a positive way. After returning to Colombia, she continued working as a bilingual teacher. In 2008, she got involved in the PYP program at Gimnasio Del Norte IB World School in Bogotá, where she grew as a globalized teacher.
Angie has worked in international schools for twelve years including six years of leading PYP exhibitions. Her current professional goal is to finish her MA in Special Education with an emphasis in Behavior Disorders. She feels that every child has the right to be successful in every aspect of their learning process and she will do her best to make sure each one of her students feels happy and welcome while learning in her classroom.
Angie has been at The Magellan International School for six years and considers Austin her “home”. She is happily married and has a son and a stepson.
Mary Carmen Zorrilla
Mary Carmen Zorrilla was born in Mexico City. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Pshychoanalysis. She began teaching in 1994 and started working in IB schools in 2004. Since then, she’s had the opportunity to work with children, teenagers and adults in bilingual settings. Throughout her teaching experience, she has learned that every student is unique and teachers must be aware of each individual’s needs at all times.
Mary Carmen has also been an English coordinator, a teacher trainer, a Cambridge speaking examiner, a university professor, and a MYP and PYP teacher. She has taught all levels and prepared students for Cambridge examinations. She has trained teachers at The Anglo Mexican Foundation, International House, Universidad Anahuac and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. As a PYP coordinator, she guided the Colegio Britanico de Cancun, the only IB school in the state of Quintana Roo, through the IB authorization process in a two-year period.
As a MYP coordinator and a Middle School Principal, Mary Carmen started working closely with students and teachers to begin the authorization process during the last year. Because she is a psychologist, Mary Carmen has also worked as Head of Teacher Training and Development and Head of Human Resources in IB schools. She has also had the opportunity to work as a dance therapist with people who have special needs.
Mary Carmen is a principled, respectful, and responsible person who cares about others and is able to adapt and learn from new experiences. She is also a curious risk-taker who enjoys challenges and exploring different ways of doing things. She loves dancing ballet, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
Patrick Self grew up in Illinois. After graduating from a small liberal arts school in Missouri, he moved to Houston to teach ESL. While living in Houston, Patrick worked at both public and private international schools. Along the way, he has helped coordinate bilingual and ESL programs, while teaching both native speakers and English learners in grades K-5. In 2011, Patrick earned a master’s degree in TESOL. Since moving to Austin, he has taught English in Grades 3 & 5 and also supported English learners in Grades 1-5.
In his free time Patrick enjoys traveling, especially to Mexico where he studied abroad as a student. He collects folk art from his travels and loves exploring new cultures. When he is home in Austin, you can find him eating tacos, meditating and reading.
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).
MYP Design Teacher & PYP IDL Technology Teacher
Laura Escudero was born in the beautiful town of Mérida, Spain, where she pursued basic studies of elementary and high school. She received her Bachelor´s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Extremadura. After completing her BA, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Information and Knowledge Society from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
Having worked within the technology industry for many years, she has a solid background in software and web development. As a Software Engineer, she has extensive experience working with international and national customers, including Spanish and British banks, international telecommunication companies, state and local governments, and universities, among others.
Laura teaches Design to the Middle School students at MIS and also Information Digital Literacy to Upper Elementary students. In addition, she serves as Innovation Team Lead for the Middle School.
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.
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.