Primary School Team
Engaged Students, Inspiring Teachers, Committed Parents
At Magellan our inspiring international faculty encourage our students to believe in their own talents and to take ownership of their own unique paths of learning. We strive to give each of our students numerous opportunities to develop their individual interests and to cultivate their interests through a curriculum of inquiry and engagement.
Deputy Head of School, Head of Primaryerika.firstname.lastname@example.org
Erika Vélez is a bilingual learning specialist, teacher, and administrator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Language Teaching from Universidad del Atlántico in Barranquilla, Colombia and her Specialization in Cognitive Disorders from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla. Erika has worked in many different international settings, such as The Altamira International School (Advanced Ed), The British International College (IB and Cambridge), and Cuenta Cuentos (After School Bilingual Specialized Reading and Intervention Center) in Barranquilla.
Erika joined Magellan from The Atlanta International School (Advanced Ed, CIS and IB), a highly ranked international school. Her multi-faceted professional expertise allowed her to work in different roles: Spanish PYP teacher, bilingual learning specialist in both lower and upper grades, literacy coordinator, Spanish immersion teacher and program designer, Differentiated Instructional coach for Spanish teachers, Language Camp Coordinator (German, Chinese, French, Spanish and English), and voluntary Spanish teacher for the school community.
She has had the opportunity to visit and learn from other international schools in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, and the United States. Erika describes herself as an inquirer by nature and an active learner. Erika’s educational expertise lies in the fields of Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, Special Needs, Curriculum Development and Design, Bilingualism, the Primary Years Program (IB), Language Acquisition, and Differentiated Instruction. She is passionate about proving herself to be flexible, adaptable, and sensitive to the needs of a learning community.
Erika welcomes the opportunity to take on new challenges and apply best practices at The Magellan International School. She is very enthusiastic about international education and fully devoted to the goals of the IB organization, supporting the learning community in developing intellectual, personal, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a global and changing world. Experiencing American culture in an international school has been splendid for Erika and her family. She has three children: Salomon, Juan, and Maria. Salomon Sr., Erika’s husband, is an architect. While living and sharing other diverse cultures, Erika’s family has learned not only to value and respect other cultures, but to value their own even more. They are ambassadors of their country, promoting their language, traditions, cuisine and own cultural and national identity.
This intercultural understanding and respect is an essential part of life in the 21st century. Erika will begin serving as Magellan's first Head of Primary in August 2016 while maintaining her duties as Deputy Head of School and oversight of Support Services and Resources for our Primary students.
Deputy Head of School, Head of Primary
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. She will be starting her fourth year at The Magellan International School in 2017 with a new challenge serving as the Head of Preschool while still overseeing the Primary Years Program for grades PP3 to 5th.