Here are the profiles of our Preschool Staff. Thanks for taking the time to get to know us.
Hi I’m Claudia Pérez, the Preschool Principal. I have a BA in Preschool Education, I was born in Pachuca, Hidalgo and have dedicated 16 years to working as an educator in Preschool, and this is my second as principal. I am proud to be part of this educational institution. I love working with students. they constantly transmit their energy, peace, and happiness. I enjoy family reunions, chat with friends, karaoke, reading children’s stories and other books, belly dancing and singing. I have an 18-year-old son, he inspires me to keep on going, he was a former student of ASP, with great achievements, I was lucky enough to enjoy his education.
My name is Michele Bell, I’m the Preschool Coordinator. I am from Toronto, Canada. In 1999 I came to work at the American School of Pachuca as Preschool Director. I worked here for 7 years as Director and then went to Tec de Monterrey as an English teacher. In August, 2016 I came back to the American School as the English Coordinator in Preschool. Besides children my biggest passion is creating peace and I am a Certified Peace Ambassador. My hobbies are to help street dogs, care for the environment and write children’s books. I have a beach house on the Emerald Coast where I love to rest and relax. I am committed to excellence in my work with a goal towards the best for the Preschool children.
My name is Alejandra Aguilar Martínez, and I’m the Preschool Secretary. I have a degree in IT and I’m currently studying a degree in early education and a Masters in Democracy and Educational Values. I have been working for 12 years at ASP in administration, initially in Primary, then in General Direction and now in Preschool, and I worked for 16 years at the Public Education Secretariat as an administrative analyst. I have a passion for learning new things every day and my favorite hobby is reading, thanks to a teacher who got me hooked on it when I was very young.
My name is Covadonga Menéndez Téllez, I´m the Preschool Assistant. I have degree in childcare which I chose because since I was a child I have wanted to work with small children. I have been married for 15 years and I have a beautiful 12-year-old daughter who studies here at ASP. My hobbies are dancing, playing with my dogs and reading suspense novels. I like my job a lot because I am in constant contact with children and their happiness enthusiasm is contagious. I learn new things from them every day. I have been working at ASP for 19 years, firstly as a teaching assistant in Spanish, then in the English area and this last year I have been in Preschool administration supporting Claudia and Michele.
My name’s Sarai Salinas, and I’m Kinder 1 English joint-teacher. I have a degree in E.L.T and I am finishing my thesis for a Masters degree in psychopedagogy. On Saturdays I am taking a course to be FCE certified. I started working at ASP 3 years ago and during this time I have learnt a lot from my co-workers and especially from kids, they make me feel happy and see the world in an amusing way. I am a pet lover, I have 6 dogs at home, something funny is that you can find dog food in my bag. In my free time I like to hang out with friends, and read novels. I enjoy listening to what other people have to say and learn from what they teach me. In this way I become a better person every day!
My name is Valeria Vega Lárraga, I’m a Kinder 1 English joint-teacher. I´m from Pachuca and this is my third year working for ASP in Preschool. I studied a B.A in Science and Technological Communication, I´m certified in English by Cambridge University and I have a certificate in French Language. I recently finished a Masters Degree in Education.
Besides my passion for kids, I love to go to the gym every afternoon, play with and take care of my dogs and spend time with my family. I am a dedicated, creative and goal-driven person with a solid commitment to social growth.
My name is Jocelyn López Peralta, and I’m the Kinder 1 Spanish teacher. I am 28 years old. During my adolescence I always considered being a teacher as the most beautiful profession, and that’s why I studied a degree in Education. I have been giving classes for 6 years in preschool at ASP. What I most enjoy when working with a group are the lessons I learn, the laughs and smiles that children transmit. Some of my favorite hobbies are dancing, and using my creativity to paint. What I love most is to be with my family and my two daughters.
My name is Sandy Falcon Aguilar, and I am the Kinder 1 Spanish assistant. I’m 26 years old and I was born in Acapulco, Guerrero. I studied a degree in childcare and I’m currently studying a Masters in Educational Science. I worked for a year and a half in Moisés Sánez Garza School in San Antonio el Desmonte, and I am currently an assistant in ASP’s preschool. My passions are studying and hopegully working here for many more years. In my free time I like to swim, read, listen to classical music, play basketball, and these days I like to run. I love going to the beack, listening to and learning other languages, and help and give advice to people who are in need. I hope to continue to be useful in my job, be responsible and dedicated at work.
My name is Monay Ramonda Gonzalez Hooker, I’m the Kinder 2 English teacher. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri in the U.S. I earned my Bachelor’s in Social Work from Park University. I have a certificate in Child Development from Missouri Western State University, as well as a TEFL, Master TEFL and Teaching Young Learners certification. I’m happy to say this is my second year teaching at the American School of Pachuca. One of my greatest passions is spending time with my family. I’m a wife and mother of 2. Additionally, I love photography and spending time in nature. My goal is to create an open, caring and nurturing learning environment, where each student feels valued, appreciated and are invested in their learning.
Hello, my name is Patricia Muñoz Quintanilla, I’m the Kinder 2 English assistant. I have a daughter, her name is Alejandra. I love reading Universal Literature books. Shakespeare is my favorite author. Singing and watching movies are my hobbies, but I also like walking. I am a very sociable person. I have many good friends and I go out with them to drink a coffee or sometimes we go to parties. I like to stay at home with my daughter and we do many things together. We like to play with our small dogs everyday.
My name is Karla Lazcáno Hernández, I’m the Kinder 2 Spanish teacher. I have been teaching early education for 11 years. I studied Educational Sciences and have a Masters in Education with a speciality in IT and communication. I am interested in gaming and Apps for education as they are techniques and tools that motivate our students who are digital natives, helping them to learn. I am also interested in Mindfulness, since I am convinced that a happy human being projects positive energy that changes their environment. My favorite hobbies are aerial dance, polefit and belly dancing.
My name is María Esther Barrera Ávila, and I’m the Kinder 2 Spanish assistant. I’m 39, and married with three children. I was born in a community in Eloxochitlán in the hills of Hidalgo, My favorite sport is basketball and my hobbies are dancing, listening to traditional music, helping my children and visiting my parents as often as I can. I have two degrees, one as an educational assistant and the other as a secretary. This is my 6th year at ASP Preschool. For me it´s an honor to be able to work with children, and I try to study to offer more every day. I will always work hard so that my work is of the highest quality.
My name is David J. Carlson, I am the Kinder 3 English teacher. I’ve worked at the school for eleven years, nine years as an assistant and the last two years as a teacher. I love my job and the children I also love fishing. I don’t think of my job as working I think of it as being with my family and my children. Anyone can ask me for my help and I will be happy to say yes. I have two children at the school my daughter is in 6th grade and my son is in 9th.
My name is Rosa Patricia Chavez Gomez, I’m the Kinder 3 English assistant. I’m 28 years old and I was born in Pachuca Hidalgo, Mexico. I lived in Atlanta, Georgia for ten years which is where I learned English. I’ve been working at ASP for 6 years now and I really enjoy working with the kids. I am a charismatic and helpful person. I have a really lovely heart, and it’s impossible for me to say “No” to someone that is asking me for help. One of my favorite hobbies is playing soccer. I have been playing soccer since I was a child. Soccer helps me to interact with new people. Music is another hobby that I love, I listen to music from acoustic to rock. I adapt myself to any type of music.
My name is Diana Julieta Sánchez Cervantes, and I´m the Kinder 3 Spanish teacher. I have a degree in Preschool Education. I was born in Tuxpan, Veracruz and I am 31 years old. I like to dedicate my time to my students and in my free time I like to search for information that supports my wok. I have been working as a teacher for 10 years, with a lot of love, effort and a huge commitment to the wellbeing of the children. I like spending time with my family and friends, looking after nature, walking and listening to music. My personal goal in life is to enjoy every moment, keep training to improve, facing difficulties as lessons, not giving up on my dreams, but above all with humility and respect.
My name is Beatríz, and I’m from Pachuca Hidalgo. I studied to be an educational assistant. I worked for 10 years at the American School, 1 in Colegio Columbia and now once again at ASP. I am very happy to be back and to be part of the ASP community once again. My favorite hobby is having quality time with my daughter and reading her stories. I also enjoy listening to music and dancing, I am a very sociable person who enjoys family events. I believe I will be a good fit for ASP as I am a proactive person with the ability to integrate into any team, especially one that always strives to reach key values of social and academic responsibility.
My name is Atziri Mora Viveros, I’m the Arts teacher. I am from Pachuca, Hidalgo. In 2012 I got my bachelor´s degree as a Communicologist. My first job was in the Instituto Hidalguense de la Juventud as a Producer and Broadcaster for 3 years in Radio y Televisión de Hidalgo and Radio Plaza Juárez. In 2015 I finished my Speciality Degree, as an Illustrator in La Salle Cuernavaca. Right now, I’m taking my Editorial and Graphic Design Masters. I’ve done a few collaborations at La Salle Pachuca’s magazine (Cuadro) and in Tec de Monterrey Campus Pachuca’s magazine and other collaborations. This is my second year as an art teacher in Preschool and Primary. My hobbies are reading, writing and illustrating, as well as, becoming a graphic designer. I am absolutely involved as an educator and trying to share all my knowledge with the students.
My name is Angel Hernández, and I’m the Music teacher. I am also a musician and composer. I have a Bachelor of Music degree with a speciality in Musical Education. I studied at Armoniarte School of Artistic Education, and I’m certified as a composer by NICO and EMEH, certified in music theory by the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), and certified as musician performer by the Rock School of London. This is my 2nd year working at ASP, I have been working as a music teacher in different schools and levels for a total of 5 years. I am a teacher registered in the Latin American forum of musical education as a speaker and collaborator.
My name is Wendy, and I’m from Pachuca. I have a degree in Physical Education, and certified at state level as a physical trainer. I am also a swimming and aquatic rehabilitation trainer. Every year I take a number of courses in my free time, always keeping in mind my objective of offering varied classes to my students, adapting them to the needs of each group. As a P.E. teacher I have been working for 7 years from Preschool all the way through to High School, and 7 years as a swimming teacher, working with all age groups. I have been at ASP for 5 years, working as the P.E. teacher for Preschool and Lower Primary. I spend my free time doing exercise, spending time with family enjoying nature, and playing videogames.
Hello, I’m Nohemí Pimental, I’m the Preschool Psychologist. I’m 26 years old and I studied both a preschool education and a psychology in pedagogy degree at the same time. I have also studied a Masters in Humanist Pedagogy. My academic background has been 100% focused on constructivist and humanist education. I am about to start a Diploma in Special Education. My hobbies are going to the movies, dancing, studying skating and working. I am very happy to be working at ASP: it’s a dream that has come true. I feel very committed to what I do at the institution.
Hello, my name is Goyita Azuara Chávez, and I am the Speech and Language therapist. I’m currently studying a Masters in Education, related to linguistics for children. I have been working for 26 years in schools as a preschool teacher, primary teacher, and in the area of speech and communication. I really like the role I have at ASP, helping children advance in their basic communication skills. I love listening to music and spending time with my family.