Preparing Spanish-speaking children with superior dual language education.
Banu Valladares – Venezuela
Banu has an extensive non-profit background in education, the arts and humanities. She has served with the NC Humanities Council, the NC Arts Council, and SonEdna where she was the Executive Director. Banu moved to Charlotte from Venezuela to attend UNC-Charlotte and called Charlotte home until 2004. She returned to Charlotte after posts in the triangle area of N.C. and Mississippi. A former Spanish, English, and English-as-a-second-language instructor and teaching artist, she returned to Charlotte two years ago and now to her roots of bilingual education.
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All of our lead teachers have college or graduate level degrees in early education. Our teaching assistants have associate degrees or credentials in early childhood. We strive for an all-bilingual faculty with a native Spanish and native English speaker in each classroom, both of whom are bilingual. Staff participate in ongoing professional development to hone their teaching craft and share with one another collaboratively. Two co-program directors have the administrative and teaching credentials to oversee our licensed program and staff the Discovery Room.
Christina Bassler – USA
Director of Preschool Programs
Ms. Chrissy has a Master’s degree in Education with specialization in Child and Family Services and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. She holds an NC Level 3 Administrator license.
Stephanie Watts– USA
Preschool Program Coordinator
Ms. Stephanie has finished up her fourteenth year as a prekindergarten teacher with Gaston County Schools. She graduated with highest honors from the Child Development and Family Studies B-K program at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004, and has recently graduated with her Masters of Education in Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development at UNC-Greensboro. Ms. Stephanie is bilingual in English and Spanish and has used the teaching profession to work heavily with Spanish speaking families.
Aracely Sanchez – Mexico
Ms. Aracely studied at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico.
Hannah Kesig – USA
Development & Communications Associate
Ms. Hannah is a recent graduate from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Spanish. She has interned with the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission and Inter-American Dialogue, as well as served as an interpreter with Head Start.
Mercy Star – Colombia
HR and Data Specialist
Ms. Mercy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Santo Tomas University in Bogota, Colombia.
Mónica Bernot – México
Parent Program Coordinator
Ms. Mónica has a Bachelor of Sciences degree from San Luis Potosí University in México.
Connie Barcelo – USA
Ms. Connie received her BFA in Art Education from UNC Greensboro in 2011. After two nonprofit internships and a year with Guilford County Schools, she spent four years at the Cambridge Community Center, first as an Out of School Time Youth Worker and Development Associate and later as the Director of Marketing. Ms. Connie relocated to her home state of North Carolina in 2016, where she served as Development Director of Heart Math Tutoring before joining the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool team.
Amy Schuman – USA
Ms. Amy graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 with a major in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies and a minor in Education. She became certified in Elementary Education through Dartmouth’s Teacher Education Program. After graduating, she spent time in Honduras teaching English and working with orphans, street boys and teen moms. She is currently finishing a Masters in Christian Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. This is her second year working at Charlotte Bilingual Preschool as a Parent Educator teaching the enrichment classes: English-as-a-second-language, Computer and Literacy.
Norma Campos – México
Ms. Norma has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Continente Americano University, México. She has been working in the education field for 5+ years.
Beatriz Fuentes – El Salvador
Ms. Beatriz has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from CPCC and is currently finishing her Bachlor’s degree at UNC Charlotte. She has been serving at Charlotte Bilingual Preschool for 3+ years.
JoNell Franklyn – USA
Ms. JoNell has her Bachelor’s degree in Science in Elementary Education from University of Saint Frances in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Alma Guzmán – México
Ms. Alma is working on her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Central Piedmont Community College.
Agnes Alvarado – Puerto Rico
Ms. Agnes has her Early Childhood Education Certification.
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Ms. Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development/ Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Susana Borrego – Perú
Ms. Sussy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early childhood Education from Instituto de Educación Superior Pedagógico Público de Educación Inicial from Lima Peru; an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration Certification from Central Piedmont Community College. Ms, Sussy has more than 20 years working in the field (Lima Peru, Miami Fl and Charlotte, NC) She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has five years working in Charlotte Bilingual Preschool where she will be The Innovation Classroom Spanish Teacher.
Anacecilia Liberato – Dominican Republic