Here are our Elementary staff members. Thanks for taking the time to get to know us!
Hi, I’m Claudia Pérez Chew, and I’m the Elementary Director.
My name is Joyce Kaufmann and I am the English Coordinator for Primary. Mexico is the 4th country I have taught in and I am enjoying Pachuca very much. Previously, I taught in the United States, Kuwait and Oman. I am a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I am from Texas, but lived in California for a long time and that is where my 2 adult daughters live. My passions, beyond education, are cooking, gardening and reading mysteries and thrillers. I also like high risk sports such as skydiving and bungee jumping. Travel is another passion and I am proud to say my passport is almost full.
Hello I’m Vannesa Zavala Pacheco, and I’m the Elementary secretary. I was born in Mexico city, and I’ve been working here at ASP for 12 years. I studied a degree in education, which I think is a great responsibility to society and a profession which gives you a lot of satisfaction. I like to work with children because the bond you create with them gives you the chande to strengthen many areas of your work and in your life. I like spending time with my family, and going to new places.
Hi, my name is Itzel Bailón Romero, and I’m the director’s assistant in elementary. I was born in Morelia, and have been in Pachuca for 12 years. I have a degree in Education and in October I finished a Diploma in Play-Therapy. I’ve been at ASP for three years, first as a teacher of first grade which I really enjoyed, and currently I work in the office while also helping students when I can. I’m a happy, empathetic person. I have a four-year-old called Alondra, and I like to spend my free time with her walking in the park, going to the movies or doing outdoors activities.
Hello, my name is Jessica Ortíz and I’m the 1st Grade English teacher. I was born in Nebraska, a state that is in the middle of the
United States. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I have been a teacher for
14 years. I taught for nine years in the US. Most of my experience there was in teaching first
and second grade. This is my sixth year teaching in Pachuca. I have only taught first and
second grade in Pachuca. I enjoy these two grade levels. First grade is a HUGE year of growth
– the students learn to read, learn to speak, and learn to become responsible students beginning
their jobs as students. Besides teaching these grades, I enjoy being here with my family. My
husband is Mexican, and is from this area. I have three children. My oldest daughter is 16 and
attends Prepa. My middle daughter is 13 and attends ASP. My youngest is my only son who is
eight this year. He also attends ASP. As for myself , I enjoy exercising, being with my family and
being outside on sunny days. I love that I can be outside all year long here in Pachuca.
Pachuca feels very close to the city I left in the US, so I feel at home away from home.
Hi, I’m Yuriria Dominguez, and I’m the English asssitant for 1st Grade.
My name is Alba Liliana Peña González, and I’m the 1st Grade Spanish teacher. I have a BA in Education, from the Instituto Tecnológico Latinoamericano. I was born in Pachuca, Hidalgo, and I have 8 years of teaching experience, one of them dedicated to this institution in the elementary. My favorite hobby is folk dancing. I am married, and I enjoy being with my family, especially with my daughter of 3 years 6 months. My passion is teaching, sharing new experiences with children: it fills my days with happiness and satisfaction.
Hello, my name is Miriam Suárez Santillan, and I’m a Spanish assistant in Elementary.
Hello, I’m Joaquín Ortíz, the 2nd Grade English teacher. I am from Tlanalapa, a town near here. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Science as well as a Cambridge TKT certification. This is my sixth year teaching. I have taught preschool, second and third grade. I have also subbed in a
number of grade levels here at ASP. I moved to the U.S. when I was 17 and lived there for 22 years. That’s where I learned about immersion, and how I learned the language, and it soon became the dominant way I teach language. Students learn the language quickly as well as gain confidence to learn more. While living in the U.S., I met my wife, Jessica. We now have three children, Brianna, Tayanna and Joaquin. I enjoy playing soccer and spending time with my family.
My name is Marta Molina Ramírez, and I’m the English assistant for 2nd Grade. I was born in the Federal District, but I lived in Chicago, IL, for 17 years and came back to México at the age of 18. My native language is English but I am fluent in Spanish. This will be my fifth year at the American School of Pachuca. I have worked with children from first to sixth grade, but now I have the privilege to work with second graders. I live in Pachuca with my family. My daughter is about to be two years old and we like to swim. My favorite hobby is to read Harry Potter books. I am very enthusiastic about accompanying the children in this new stage of their education, and I am sure that this year will be filled with great achievements.
My name is Sara Alejandra Meléndez Salgado, and I’m the 2nd Grade Spanish teacher. I am 31 years old, and I have a BA in Educational Intervention from the National Pedagogic University – Hidalgo. I have worked as a teacher of almost all the elementary levels for more than 5 years, this is my second year at the American School of Pachuca. I love reading (a little bit of everything), music, movies, going out with family and friends, creating wonderful memories, trying new things, living adventures and laughing until it hurts whenever possible. My life has a new sense thanks to teaching and I am completely sure that if I was born again a thousand times, I would always choose to be a teacher.
My name is Marisol Barranco García, and I am teaching assistant for Spanish. I was born in México City, and I studied in a BA in English Language at UAEH for two and a half years. I have taken certification courses in the English language and keep updating them. I have ten years’ experience at the American School of Pachuca, 5 in Preschool and 5 in Elementary, covering both the areas of English and Spanish. I enjoy looking at the countryside, so I collect postcards from all over the world and dedicate my free time to reading. Helping children in their education is a great personal and professional satisfaction for me.
Hi I’m Bill Stewart, and I’ma 3rd Grade English teacher.
Hello, I’m Dora Moreno, and I’m a 3rd Grade English teacher.
My name is Andrea Reyes Hernández, and I’m the 3rd Grade Spanish teacher. I have a degree in education and TKT certificates from Cambridge. I have other certificates and diplomas in English, and I am currently studying a diploma course in Play-therapy for children. I was born in Puebla, and I graduated High School in the US. I worked for 7 years as en English teacher and now 2 in the area of Spanish. I started working at ASP in 2015. I am a very creative person, I’m organized, responsible and committed to everything I do. Some of the things I like to do in my free time include spending time with my family and friends, going to the movies, listening to music, and traveling.
Hi I’m Molly Dunkle, and I’m the 4th Grade English teacher.
My name is Yazmin Menchaca Paz, and I’m the 4th Grade Spanish teacher. I have a BA in Education, and I was born in México, D.F. I have been a teacher for 8 years, which I like very much because it is something that deeply inspires me to share experiences with students, teach them and learn from them, I really like to read and tell stories to my students, my favorite hobby is to go to the countryside and enjoy nature with friends. I have two children, and I try to do my best for them every day. I consider education to be essential and something that should be done with love, my core values are respect and responsibility. This is my second year at the American School: I’m proud to be part of this great team and hope to be part of it forever.
My name is Kimberly Sharon Winters and I’m the 5th Grade English teacher. I am originally from New York State. I am bilingual: my mother is Mexican and my father is American. I have been living in Mexico for the past 10 years. I love living in Mexico because I admire the culture and traditions. I have been working in Mexico as a teacher for 7 years now and 2 years in the United States as my social service for High School. I am a very dynamic teacher and passionate when it comes to teaching. I love challenges and working with children with different abilities and personalities. One of my hobbies is art. I love to paint and draw. I currently take art classes on the weekends. I love my job as a teacher because it´s one of the best decisions I ever made.
My name is Karen Cuevas Bustos, and I’m the 5th Grade Spanish teacher. I was born and lived all my childhood in the Mountains of Hidalgo. I studied a BA in Education from ITLA, thanks to this I have had 5 years of experience as a group teacher, one of which I have worked in the American School of Pachuca. I enjoy being part of children’s formation very much, and love transmitting knowledge. I love to spend time with my family, the people I love the most, visit new places, chat and spend time with friends, I love to dance and practice baseball.
My name is Martha Cristina Saucedo Name, and I’m the 6th Grade English teacher. I’m from Saltillo Coahuila. I’m happily married with 3 kids: the oldest is 12 years old, the middle one 6 years old and the baby one only 3 years old. This is my 3rd year working here in Pachuca and in this School. I worked in the American School of Saltillo for about 14 years. I’ve been teaching for 16 years. I really love it!! My main degree was in Business Administration, I’m also Certified as an English Teacher and I got the TKT certification from Cambridge. My hobbies are going to the movies, and spending time with my family.
Hi, I’m Ana Luisa Miranda Olvera. I’m the 6th Grade Spanish teacher. I like people to call my Mranda. I was born in Progreso de Obregón, Hidalgo. I consider myself to be capable, entrepreneurial, responsible, easygoing and positive. I like to help, and I love team work. I have a 5-year-old daughter who is my great passion in life. I stared teaching when I was 18, giving classes in rural communities. I worked at a nursery and later in primary school. I like to dance folklore, write stories, do arts and crafts, play games, and above all spend time with my daughter.
My name is Ismael Aguirre Muñoz, and I’m an Elementary P.E. teacher and the school’s Athletic Director. I have a BA in Physical Education, actually I am studying a Masters Degree at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), in Administration of Educational Institutions with focus on student Issues, I have been working at ASP for 20 years as PE teacher, 12 of these as Coordination of the same subject.
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 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.
Hi, I’m Jose Luis Jasso, and I teach computing in Elementary. I’m an Engineer in Information and Communication Technologies graduated with honors from ITESM campus Hidalgo. I’m certified in CCNET, CCNA, Oracle DBA I and in ITIL foundations v3. I’m the computer teacher for the elementary level, but I also participate in other areas such as MAP, Mathcounts and Tech support. I studied at the American School of Pachuca from 1999 to 2006. I like videogames, martial arts and all the benefits technology gives to our lives!
Hello, my name is Tahys Vera Anaya, and I’m an interventions teacher in Elementary. I have a Masters in Education from La Salle University, and several English courses and certifications by SEP, Cambridge University, UAEH and private institutions. I have more than 10 years of experience as an English teacher, some of them also as an English coordinator in another institution and I have been part of ASP team for the last two years.
I was born in Pachuca but raised in Tulancingo. I consider myself a very lively and dedicated person that enjoys any kind of activity; I like reading the most, watching movies and spending time with my friends and family. I always show commitment with the activities that I do and I enjoy team work.
Hi I’m Gabriela Gutiérrez Santillán, and I’m an interventions teacher in Elementary. I’ve worked at ASP for 3 years, first as an assistant in Preschool and then for two years I was assistant in first grade. These past few years I’ve learned so much from the people I’ve worked with. I was born in Pachuca, but at the age of 5 I moved to Atlanta, GA and lived there for 10 years. When I turned 15 I moved back to Mexico, where I finished my High School and at the same time I did a technical degree in tourism. I’m currently studying to become a teacher at ITLA University.
Hello, I’m Sonia Uhthoff Vázquez, I’m a psychologist in Elementary. I’ve been working here for 6 and a half years. I studied Psychology at the UAEM in Cuernavaca, Morelos and I have a post-grad diploma in Neurolinguistics. This school year I will be helping students as a counselor and prefect, and I hope to have a great working relationship with the students. Anything they need, I am here to help.
I am María de los Ángeles Bautista Vargas, and I’m a Psychologist in Elementary. I was born in the City of Huejutla de Reyes, Hidalgo. Being the elder of two sisters, my parents (who work as teachers) taught me since I was a little girl to love and respect the art of teaching children. I studied a BA in Psychology with a focus on education, and during this journey called life I have learned from each person that I have met. My career so far has given me endless emotions and experiences that I am thankful for, because they made me what I am. I am a keen learner and each sunrise is a new chance to meet more people and learn about their emotions. I like to cook, to pamper people that surround me. In my free time I like to be artistic and write.