5th Grade Faculty

Angie Bermudez

Lead Teacher / Grade Level Leader

Angie Bermudez was born in Ocana, 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.  Angie is truly bilingual. After Angie graduated, she moved to Seoul, Korea for her first international teaching experience.

Angie’s time in Korea made her realize that she wanted to inspire children to become great people.  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 seven years including four years of leading PYP exhibitions. Her professional goals include becoming an expert in classroom differentiation and inclusion by earning her MA in Special Education. She passionately believes that every student is unique and that classroom instruction needs to be tailored to each child. She feels that every child has the right to be successful in every aspect of their learning process.

Angie is thrilled to join the Magellan International School and continue her professional growth. She is truly excited and looking forward to making Austin, Texas home. Angie is married to an American and has a Colombian/American son, Benjamin. She enjoys spending time with her family.

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Angie Bermudez

Angie Bermudez

Lead Teacher / Grade Level Leader

Auristela de Seijas

Learning Specialist (3rd-8th)

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.

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Auristela de Seijas

Auristela de Seijas

Learning Specialist (3rd-8th)

Carlos Cita

Music Teacher
carlos.cita@magellanschool.org

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.

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Carlos Cita

Carlos Cita

Music Teacher

Christina Romero

English & Drama Teacher

Christina Romero was raised in Round Rock, Texas. She grew up learning both English and Spanish, as her family made regular visits to see relatives in Monclova, Coahuila. At a young age, she developed a love for writing, performing, reading, and traveling. These passions curated and led her to pursue a degree in Theater Education at The University of Texas at Austin, where her passion for teaching and learning accelerated. She studied automated lighting in San Jose, Costa Rica in the summer of 2014, further developing her Spanish and desire to learn about other cultures. Upon graduating, she decided to expand her learning horizons by pursuing a career in another country. She moved to Beijing, China to teach English and Drama at an International School in 2015.

Her time spent in Beijing has afforded her the opportunity to pioneer three drama programs, use language as a means to bridge cultures, and develop her own language acquisition skills through learning Mandarin. After a year teaching English and Drama to primary school students, Christina transferred to the middle school on campus, where she received MYP training and certification. Over the past year, she and the diverse community of learners in the middle school have explored language through dramatic texts, role-play, lyrics, and poetry. As many of her students live in the campus dorms, it has been her responsibility to nurture the intellect, as well as the character of each student. This experience has given her a new perspective on what it means to be an effective teacher. Her approach to teaching aligns well with the MYP framework, as she knows learning to be an immersive, all-encompassing process where the boundaries between subjects are transcended. Christina looks forward to to exploring new texts, writing styles, and forms of expression with the students at Magellan. She is eager to learn alongside fellow teachers, administrators, and parents on this journey of life-long learning.

In her free time, Christina likes to travel, read, and perform poetry. Her most recent trips include Japan, Thailand, and Hong Kong. Her favorite books are Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. She has performed her poetry regularly in Beijing and hopes to continue performing at her favorite local performance space, Spider House.

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Christina Romero

Christina Romero

English & Drama Teacher

Colleen Brunell

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.

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Colleen Brunell

Colleen Brunell

School Counselor/PSPE/SEL-Human Development Teacher

Darrell Greenfield

Athletic Director & P.E. Teacher (2nd- 8th)
darrell.greenfield@magellanschool.org

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.

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Darrell Greenfield

Darrell Greenfield

Athletic Director & P.E. Teacher (2nd- 8th)

Kathryn Prater

English Teacher, Languages Leader
kathryn.prater@magellanschool.org

<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>

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Kathryn Prater

Kathryn Prater

English Teacher, Languages Leader

Laura Escudero

Design Teacher & Innovation Lead (MYP), Technology Integrationist (PYP)
laura.escudero@magellanschool.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.

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Laura Escudero

Laura Escudero

Design Teacher & Innovation Lead (MYP), Technology Integrationist (PYP)

Li Ting Liu

Mandarin Teacher/Mandarin Coordinator

Li Ting Liu has been in the teaching field for four years as an English teacher in Taiwan and a Mandarin teacher in the USA. She earned her post-graduate diploma in teaching with an emphasis in English and her Master of Business Administration at HsinChu City in Taiwan in 2006. In Taiwan she taught Mandarin to immigrants at the Women’s Community College and English to children at the Guanhuwa Junior High School.

Li Ting moved to the United States to further her education and received her Master of Arts Degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010. While extending her educational knowledge and skills, she has had the opportunity to teach Mandarin to the children at the Austin Taiwanese Presbyterian Church and the Hsiang Yun Temple in Austin.

In addition to becoming the Mandarin teacher at MIS, Li Ting further expanded her experience by also teaching at St. Edwards’ University starting in Fall 2010. Li Ting very much enjoys teaching her native language, Mandarin, to new Mandarin language learners and sharing Chinese culture with her students. The ultimate goal is for her students to be able to speak, read, listen and write fluently in Mandarin and leverage these abilities throughout their personal and professional lives.

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Li Ting Liu

Li Ting Liu

Mandarin Teacher/Mandarin Coordinator

Miguel Daza

Lead Teacher
miguel.daza@magellanschool.org

Miguel Daza is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. In 2011, he earned his B.A in History and Political Science at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as a Social Studies teacher at the Liceo Boston School in Bogotá. He taught History, Geography, Democracy, and was the school’s Model United Nations coordinator. He was also the director of the research projects for the senior class and supported Social Studies academic training for the Colombian National Examination Test “Prueba Saber.”

In 2014, he moved to Austin to pursue his Master´s degree in Learning Technologies (School of Education) at The University of Texas at Austin. He worked one year as a Teacher Assistant for the History Department and graduated in 2016 with an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. In the summer of 2016, Miguel, worked as an Instructional Designer for the Institute for Transformational Learning (UT System) working on two projects for UTSA and UT Houston.

Miguel is really happy to be part of a team which is focused on developing inquiry-based experiences for students within the IB framework. Miguel likes to play soccer, dance salsa, cook, read and play aquatic sports.

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Miguel Daza

Miguel Daza

Lead Teacher

Patrick Benfield

Innovation Director

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. 

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Patrick Benfield

Patrick Benfield

Innovation Director

Sandy Adame

Bilingual Librarian Associate

<span style="font-weight: 400">Sandy lived and studied in private schools in Mexico City, Mexico. She then moved to Florida, the sunshine state, where she attended Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) in Panama City, Florida. While attending GCSC, she worked for the college library; this is where her passion for the library field began. She pursued a B.S. in Information Studies from Florida State University (FSU) where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She later earned her Master’s in Library and Information Studies from FSU, graduating with an Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies. During her time at FSU, Sandy also assisted faculty, students, and staff while working in the computer lab.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400">After graduating from her Master’s program, Sandy began working as a Reference Librarian for the Northwest Regional Library System (NWRLS) at the Bay County Public Library (BCPL) in Panama City, FL. Sandy was the only Bilingual Reference Librarian for the NWRLS and enjoyed so much meeting the needs of a diverse population from different ages and skill levels. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400">Trying to find a diverse place to settle, she moved to the Greater Austin Region.  Sandy has more than 5 years of experience in the education field. She has worked for Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) and Bastrop Independent School District (BISD) in bilingual elementary campuses. She loves working with students, faculty, and staff. She has also taught summer school at BISD. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400">Her passion for the library field and working with students from diverse backgrounds led her to The Magellan International School. Sandy is very happy to have joined Magellan as Bilingual Librarian Associate. </span>

<span style="font-weight: 400">In her free time, Sandy loves spending time with her chocolate labrador. </span>

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Sandy Adame

Sandy Adame

Bilingual Librarian Associate

Susana Bailey

Art Teacher

Susana Bailey was born in Madrid, Spain, and has been living in Austin since 2015 with her husband and three children. Susana got her Bachelor’s degree in teaching foreign languages at the Complutense University of Madrid, after which entered the Community of Madrid Teacher State Section. There she had the chance to experience teaching different groups of students from 4 to 12 years old with very different backgrounds and nationalities. It was here where she developed her interest and ability for visual arts teaching visual arts in a foreign language to Spanish students in an English immersion program.

Over 10 years Susana has been developing and perfecting lesson plans and didactic programs in different academic levels. Susana not only loves to create art with paint brushes or pencils, she is also a very creative person when it comes to bakery, sewing, recycling, and more.

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Susana Bailey

Susana Bailey

Art Teacher