3rd Grade Faculty
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.
School Counselor/PSPE/SEL-Human Development Teacher
Colleen Brunell is a proud Pacific Northwestern: born in Seattle, WA, raised in Olympia, WA, and seven-year resident of Portland, OR. She is a graduate of the University of Portland with a BA in Social Work and Psychology. She holds a Master of Science from The University of Texas at Austin in Social Work. During her undergraduate studies, Colleen volunteered with AmeriCorps Vista, in which she provided basic needs and advocated for people living on the streets. Additionally, she was a social work intern at the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center where she worked with GLBTQ and homeless teenagers.
After her undergraduate studies, Colleen served as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in Peru. She lived in Huaylas, Ancash, a small community in the Andes Mountains. Alongside teachers and health professionals, she taught socio-emotional, leadership, sex education, and English courses, as well as created a community summer school. Inspired by her five years of martial arts training, Colleen also led self-defense courses for teenage girls and a Kung Fu club for children. When her Peace Corps service ended, she traveled around Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Upon returning to the US, Colleen worked for Trillium Family Services. As a skills trainer, she taught life skills and coping mechanisms to children and adolescents first in residential treatment care and then in an outpatient school.
In 2013, Colleen moved to Austin, TX to pursue her Masters in Social Work. During her Masters studies, she interned as a therapist at Hope Alliance, a domestic violence non-profit in Round Rock. Since graduation, Colleen has worked as a youth care counselor at The Settlement Home and a contract play therapist at Pediatric Psychotherapy Associates. In her free time, Colleen enjoys cooking, biking, yoga, reading, gardening, traveling, and exploring Austin. She hopes the future holds more opportunities for international travel.
School Counselor/PSPE/SEL-Human Development Teacher
Athletic Coordinator & P.E. Teacher for 2nd- 8th Gradesdarrell.email@example.com
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. Darell 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.
Athletic Coordinator & P.E. Teacher for 2nd- 8th Grades
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.
<div>Kathryn Prater is a native Texan. She is excited to join the Magellan International School faculty as an English Language Arts teacher. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Spanish. After teaching second grade for several years, she earned a scholarship to study bilingual education and anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree. She has a total of fourteen years teaching experience in Texas Public Schools and holds certification in Elementary Self-Contained Grades 1-8, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Spanish Grades 1-8, and Bilingual/ESL Grades PK-8. After participating in a district-sponsored teacher research project, Kathryn decided to pursue a doctorate at The University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction, graduating with a PhD in 2003.</div>
<div>Kathryn has extensive experience in literacy and curriculum development in both English and Spanish. While working at the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts at UT, Kathryn worked as a research associate and project coordinator, designing curriculum and participating in research investigating the efficacy of bilingual and ESL instruction in the primary grades. She wrote professional development guides and supported teachers as they implemented a variety of reading interventions. Kathryn was on the original team that wrote and presented the Texas Teacher Reading Academies across the state. She worked on the revision of these materials to create the National Teacher Reading Academies and has shared this information with teachers across the United States. Working as a consultant, Kathryn provided support for teachers working with struggling readers and language learners through presentations and onsite visits to elementary schools in Texas, Indiana, Oregon, West Virginia, Florida and North Carolina.</div>
<div>As an assistant professor, Kathryn worked at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and most recently at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She taught reading and language arts methods, ESL teaching methods, children's literature and graduate courses in ESL literacy development and early childhood teaching methods. In Greensboro, Kathryn was co-principal investigator on a $1.5 million Department of Education grant (TESOL for All) that involved the design and delivery of over 100 hours of professional development for college faculty and Kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers focusing on second language acquisition theory and research-based ESL teaching methods. At Southwestern University, she co-chaired the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for two years. This board was responsible for ensuring that all research conducted using human subjects complied with federal guidelines. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including <em>The Reading Teacher</em>, <em>Journal of Learning Disabilities, and Race, Ethnicity and Education</em>. She has presented original research at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association of Teachers Educators (ATE).</div>
<div>Kathryn is really looking forward to being in direct contact with children in the classroom. Kathryn enjoys cooking, quilting and listening to pop music while at home with her husband and Italian greyhound, Picasso.</div>
Design Teacher (MYP), Technology Integrationist (PYP)firstname.lastname@example.org
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 taught Technology to elementary students a few years ago. She has wanted to go back to teaching, and this year she will have the opportunity to make this happen. She is very excited to join Magellan and hopes to have a wonderful year.
Design Teacher (MYP), Technology Integrationist (PYP)
Milé Davis was born in beautiful Quindío, Colombia, which is located in the western central region of the country in the midst of the Andean mountains. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from the University of Quindío, with an emphasis in English language learning (ELL). She is currently completing her MA in Spanish Translation and Interpreting at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Milé’s main passions are teaching and languages. She truly believes that language acquisition opens the door too new cultures. Additionally, Milé loves to translate children’s literature.
In 2010, before she obtained her BA degree, Milé spent two years as an intern ELL teacher at the Rufino Schools (Rufino Sur and Rufino Centro) in Armenia, Quindío. She also worked as an ELL tutor at the GI School (an English immersion school) in the same city. Milé continues to work as a free-lance Spanish translator and interpreter in topics related to education.
When moving to Texas, she worked as a Substitute Teacher and volunteer at Lago Vista ISD where she worked with elementary school students. Milé is very excited about being part of a school that guides students to take ownership of their own learning process.
Myrna Zolezzi grew up in the southernmost tip of Cameron County, Brownsville, Texas. Brownsville is a border town to Matamoros, Mexico, where she became a fluent speaker of English and Spanish along with becoming a bicultural citizen of both countries. Myrna received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education at The University of Texas at Brownsville. During her studies, she taught Art Education at Kenmont Montessori, a non-denominational school, as well as the Guadalupe Regional Middle School.
Myrna believes the Arts play the most important role next to parenting and allow for the understanding of ourselves. Arts integrate the thinking, feeling and organization of colors and textural forms, which fuels the imagination harmoniously through every facet. This subject aids diverse learning styles, students’ multiple intelligences, and illuminates other academic subjects as a way to exhibit understanding. Myrna has relocated to Austin, Texas, a town that welcomed her with open arms. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Recreational Therapy.
Lead Teacher/Grade Level Leader
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. He sees MIS as an opportunity to grow professionally and as an individual. He is eager to learn and share his diverse experiences with the wonderful MIS community.
Lead Teacher/Grade Level Leader
Raychal Weis is from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a small city right outside of Philadelphia. She considers herself a lifelong learner and her passion for knowledge compels her to work harder every day to become a better person and a better teacher. Raychal earned a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education from Eastern University in St. David’s Pennsylvania. She also studied two minors, English as a Second Language and Spanish.
After graduating, she moved to Puebla, Mexico to pursue international teaching. She has more than ten years of experience working with students in a school setting and over five years working with the IB program. Raychal enjoys being part of the Magellan School, and she is very impressed by the school’s multilingual and multicultural program. Her goal is to make the students feel happy and comfortable in the classroom, while at the same time pushing them to new limits and instilling in the students the desire to make the world a better place. She is determined to see growth and creativity in all of her students.
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. She also worked after school as a tutor in math and reading in both English and Spanish. Veronica 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.
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. She currently teaches 3rd grade Chinese at Good news Mandarin Academy at Austin Taiwanese Presbyterian Church.
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. Weiwen joins the MIS faculty in the 2016-2017 academic year.
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, <i>Taiwan’s struggle: Voices of the Taiwanese </i>(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, February 18, 2014).