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.
Marianela (Nela) Santamaría Ramírez was born in Barcelona. She has a Master´s Degree in English Studies and Literature, and a postgraduate degree in Spanish Language and Literature Education, both from Universidad de Barcelona.
She started teaching in 2000 as a Spanish teacher in Cambridge, UK. Afterwards, she moved back to her hometown, Barcelona, where she taught Spanish, Catalan, and English for 9 years at the public school. In 2010 she came with the Visiting Teachers’ program to work as an elementary teacher for Pflugerville ISD. She worked as a dual one-way and two-way teacher. Then she accepted a position at AISD where she taught dual language social studies and advisory at a middle school, being world cultures and history of the US her favorite subjects to teach in Spanish as well as language and literature.
Nela has published a couple of articles and presented at conferences. She believes that in order to learn a second or foreign language, not only we should become bilingual and biliterate, but also bicultural so she embraces the sociocultural competence of Spanish by bringing multiculturalism into the classroom.
This global citizen enjoys traveling, learning in general, yoga, running, cooking, music, painting, writing, and reading. She has a Spanish book club and is currently learning Mandarin and to play the guitar. She is married and has a daughter.
Lead Teacher & 4th Grade Level Leader
Guiomar Aya is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She has a degree in History awarded by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, and obtained a diploma in “History of the Hispanic World” at the Centre for Social Studies, CSIC, Madrid, Spain. In 2012, she achieved his certification in Category 1 PYP Primary Years Program, Texas IB Schools.
Guiomar worked with the Bogotá Mayor’s Office, where she served as a workshop for children and teens interested in rebuilding their personal histories and stories of their neighborhoods. Guiomar has worked as a teacher –associate instructor- in private universities in her country and parallel to her teaching experience, she worked as a researcher at the National Archives and the Archives of Bogotá, institutions dedicated to research and preserve the historical memory of her country. In 2009, Guiomar served as Project Coordinator Centers of Memory and Narratives of Memory, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia; these projects sought to raise awareness, to different communities of children and youth from public and private schools, and adult population in the country, about the importance of preserving cultural memory of our peoples. In 2011, she moved to Austin when she started to work at The Magellan International School.
Guiomar is convinced that schools, teachers and parents should educate students to be able to contribute to the development of their communities, to perceive the world in a holistic way and to grow, transmit and preserve cultural diversity. To achieve this goal, Guiomar believes that bilingual education is a prime element in the training of our children; it offers the ability to define the sense of identity, recognizing the socio-historical process and preserve the heritage of our nations.
Home Learning Teacher
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.
Home Learning Teacher
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.
Home Learning Teacher
Originally from Puerto Rico, Marisell graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Elementary Education and has over 18 years of experience as a primary school educator. A native Spanish speaker, Marisell taught Spanish at Antilles School in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and all subjects in Spanish as a primary school educator at Guamani Private School in Puerto Rico. In 2014, Marisell moved to Austin, Texas with her family and brought her passion for inspiring students to become lifelong learners to her work as a bilingual educator.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Carolina Gavilanes is a Bilingual Learning Specialist. She believes that maintaining a sense of inquiry and constant curiosity drives a lifelong learning approach. She believes in guiding learners to develop a habit of self-inquiry and metacognitive behavior to achieve greater academic success.
During her 20 years in the Education field, Carolina has experienced the area from many perspectives: as a teacher in Early Childhood, as an education specialist in Special Education, as a university faculty member and as a teacher trainer is her Learning Support Center in Quito. She has also worked as an Educational Consultant and Instructional Designer in different educational settings. All these life experiences have given her the capacity to embrace new experiences and differences.
Carolina was born in a small town in Louisiana but was raised in Quito, Ecuador. She grew up in a bilingual, bicultural home, with friends and family from all over the world. She has lived, studied and worked in cold places like Michigan, and hot places, like Tampa; big noisy cities like Mexico City and small quiet towns like the valley of Cumbaya, Ecuador; flat swamplands like in New Orleans, and hilly rises like in San Francisco. She moved to Austin in 2020 from the Bay Area.
Carolina holds a M.Ed. in Special Education, with a specialization in Educational Diagnostician from the University of New Orleans, and a Master of Elementary Education degree from the University of Alabama. She earned her B.A. in Education with a concentration in Psychology from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
Carolina loves to practice yoga, read and travel; and, most of all, to spend time with her husband and daughter.