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.

Erika Vélez

Deputy Head of School, Head of Primary
erika.velez@magellanschool.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.

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Erika Vélez

Erika Vélez

Deputy Head of School, Head of Primary

Julieta Carrillo

PYP Coordinator

Julieta Carrillo is a bilingual teacher and learning specialist. She is also an Apple Certified Teacher and an IB Educator. She has coordinated the Primary Years Program in different schools for more than 10 years. As an IB Educator, she has been training teachers and administrators in regional and on-site workshops throughout IB Americas. As a Site Visitor, she takes part in leading teams that IB sends to authorize and evaluate schools that implement the PYP Program.

She is also a consultant for interested schools in the region. Julieta describes herself as an inquirer by nature and a creative, open minded learner who is a risk-taker. She loves exploring new ways of doing things and helping everyone achieve their goals. She enjoys the richness of working with teachers in order to change minds and guide children through new ways of learning. 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.

Julieta moved to Austin with her husband and has two daughters living in Mexico City. This is the first time that Julieta has worked abroad and is proud to belong to the MIS community.

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Julieta Carrillo

Julieta Carrillo

PYP Coordinator

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