Lower School Staff
Director: Cristina Lima
Assistant Director: Florence de Lemus
Roxana Argueta de Suvillaga, Lower School Teacher
Roxana Argueta de Suvillaga holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education and Escalafón given by the Ministry of Education of El Salvador. After studying and working in Atlanta, GA for 10 years she came back to El Salvador and has dedicated most of her time in Early Childhood Education at Escuela Americana. Roxana graduated from EA in 1995 and enjoys doing exercise and spending quality time with her husband and 3 children, which also attend EA.
Carmen Barón de Fernández, Lower School Counselor (2nd and 3rd Grade)
Carmen graduated with a Master in Education from Centro Universitario Villanueva that is part of Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Carmen has 12 years of experience working as a 2nd and 3rd Grade Counselor at Escuela Americana. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Carmen worked as an Elementary teacher at a local school. She has dedicated most of her experience to the Elementary years. She is part of the E.A. Class of 1990 and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids, reading, going to the beach, dancing, swimming and practicing yoga.
Fiorella Bove de García, Lower School Teacher
Fiorella de García holds a Degree in Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from University of the Ozarks (Clarksville, Arkansas). She has 10 years of experience working as a Kinder English Teacher and 2 years (including school year 2016-2017) working as a First Grade English Teacher at Escuela Americana. Fiorella is EA Class of 2000 and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 3 year old son Gianluca and her 7 year old daughter Giovanna (Second Grade student at EA); she also enjoys diving with her husband and going to the beach with her family.
Guadalupe Castellanos, Lower School Teacher
Guadalupe Castellanos Araujo, profesora de Educación Parvularia y Licenciada en Ciencias de la Educación, graduada de la Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador con más de 30 años de experiencia en educación, de los cuales 22, ha sido maestra de Parvularia en Escuela Americana. Escritora de Literatura infantil con seis libros publicados y una mención honorífica en el segundo concurso Centroamericano de literatura infantil. Ama la naturaleza y dedica su tiempo de los fines de semana a su familia, a leer y escribir.
Lily Chereguino, Lower School Teacher
Lily holds a Master’s Degree in Education Overseas from Framingham University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of the Ozarks. With over 8 years working as a Lower School teacher at Escuela Americana; Lily has dedicated most of her time teaching to the youth of our country. Lily worked at 2 pre-schools while she was a student teaching in Arkansas. She really likes to go to the movies and spend time with her sister and nephews who live abroad.
Sarah Comer, Lower School Teacher
Sarah Comer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Math and Reading from Loyola University Chicago. This is Sarah’s first year at Escuela Americana in 5th grade. Sarah has enjoyed traveling to many different countries during her life including England and Norway.
Vanessa Cooper, Lower School Teacher
Vanessa Cooper has Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an EC-6 bilingual teaching certification and a Master’s Degree in International Teaching from Framingham State University. She has been teaching third grade at Escuela Americana for four years and loves scuba diving, running, and traveling.
Lucia Cristiani de Valdivieso, Lower School Teacher
Lucia Cristiani de Valdivieso holds a Master's Degree in Special Education from Framingham State University and Escalafon Docente from Univeridad Francisco Gavidia. She also has a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from TEC de Monterrey. With over 7 years working as a Lower School teacher at Escuela Americana, Lucia has worked with second and third grade students. After graduating from TEC de Monterrey, Lucia worked for two years at a local shoe company designing shoes, but then realized that it was not what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She then became involved in the education field at Escuela Americana. Lucia is EA Class of 2001 and enjoys spending her weekends with her family at the beach or in her mountain house at El Trifinio.
Berta Fuentes, Lower School Teacher
Berta Fuentes has a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Arizona and has been working as a First Grade Teacher for 26 years at Escuela Americana. Berta has dedicated all these years to teaching “First Grade” and still enjoys doing it. Teaching children is what she loves to do. During her weekends she enjoys resting, eating with my family and watching movies.
Elena Ghiringhello de Rengifo, Lower School Teacher
La llaman “Nena” y cuenta con una Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad Nacional de El Salvador. Además tiene 15 créditos de maestría con la Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, México. Tiene 33 años de trabajar en Escuela Americana, la mayoría en primer grado. Pertenece a la clase de 1973 y tiene tres hijos graduados de esta misma escuela y dos nietos asistiendo; uno en séptimo grado y la otra en pre-kinder. A Nena le encanta hacer yoga y leer mucho sobre nutrición.
Beth Hanna, Lower School Teacher
Beth holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Charleston in South Carolina and studied Psychology and Science at East Carolina University for her undergraduate work. This is her tenth year teaching at Escuela Americana and has taught kindergarten, her favorite grade, for thirteen years. She enjoys teaching English immersion kindergarten because of the amount of learning that takes place and the creativity and fun that comes along with guiding 5 and 6-year olds. Beth has a three-year-old daughter who she devotes her free time and love to.
Andrea Larios, Lower School Teacher
Andrea Larios holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Universidad de Barcelona and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador. With 5 years working as a Lower School teacher at Escuela Americana, Andrea has dedicated most of her experience to the early childhood years. After graduating from Universidad Evangélica, Andrea worked at a local pre-school for 6 years. Proud member of EA Class of 2003, Andrea enjoys spending her weekends with her family and friends and loves to eat chocolate and popcorn.
Florence de Lemus, Lower School Assistant Director
Florence holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado. She worked for 4 years Counselor for Grades 2 & 3 and over 12 years working as Lower School Assistant Director. Florence worked at a local pre-school and at a private clinic for Psychological therapy prior to working at EA. Her youngest daughter is EA Class of 2015 and they all like to spend most of their weekends at the lake.
Lucrecia Lima, Lower School Psychologist
Lucrecia is a Psychologist graduated from Universidad Doctor José Matías Delgado.
With over 18 years working in the Special Services Department in Lower School and now as Early Childhood Counselor in Kinder and 1st Grade, she really enjoys working with kids and see them develop in all their stages. Lucrecia is part of the class of 1986 and enjoys spending her weekends out of town with her family, reading, painting and decorating.
Lucy de Orellana, Lower School
Lucy de Orellana holds an Escalafón docente from Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador. With over 6 years working as a teacher assistant, and 13 years working as a Lower school teacher at Escuela Americana. Lucy began working at a local pre-school for 5 years and has dedicated most of her experience to the early childhood years. She enjoys spending her weekends cooking with her daughters.
María Celia Recinos, asistente de Primer Grado en Español
Celia estudió cuatro años de la Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación en la Universidad Francisco Gavidia y por motivos de la guerra civil en este país tuvo que suspender sus estudios. Tiene 35 años de trabajar en Escuela Americana y siempre ha trabajado en la sección de parvularia. Le encanta trabajar con niños y cuidar de la naturaleza. Está muy pendiente de los árboles de la escuela.
Lorena Serrano, Lower School Teacher
Lorena Serrano es Profesora en Letras, graduada de la Universidad Francisco Gavidia y Master en Educación y Administración Universitaria. Trabaja en Escuela Americana desde hace 21 años, como profesora de Español y desde hace 11 años, también es responsable de la coordinación del Programa de Español de Primaria. Lorena disfruta de enseñar a los niños porque son capaces de asombrarse con todo lo nuevo que hay que aprender. Ama a su madre, a su familia y a sus mascotas. Le gusta de leer y ver películas de ciencia ficción.
Ellen Van Wart – Lower Shool Teacher
Ellen Van Wart holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) as well as a Master's in Education from Framingham University. Her Escalafon Docente is from Univeridad Francisco Gavidia and she also holds a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. With approximately 10 years working as a Lower School teacher at Escuela Americana, Ellen has experience teaching the upper elementary grades—3rd, 4th and 5th. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she worked in the United States before moving to El Salvador twenty years ago. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Maria Teresa de Velásquez, Lower School Teacher
María Teresa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-school Education, a Licenciatura degree in Education and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Evangélica in El Salvador. After graduating, María Teresa has worked at Escuela Americana as an assistant in Lower School for 3 years and as a Second Grade teacher for 12 years. She enjoys spending time with her family.
Ariana Vilanova de Iannuzzelli, Lower School Teacher
Ariana has 17 years of experience as a 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade teacher. She studied in Boston College and has a Bachelor in Education, Human Rights Major and Master’s Degree in Special Education. She is EA Class 1995 and only left school for the 5 years she was in college.
Middle School Staff
Director: Robert Sinnett
Assistant Director: Carmen Novoa
Katia Bendek, Middle School Teacher
Katia Bendek holds a Master's Degree in Middle School Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is licensed by the State of Massachusetts as a mathematics teacher. Katia has been teaching for almost 20 years, four years at the American School of Santo Domingo; and for the past 15 years at Escuela Americana.
Katia also holds a Bachelor's degree from Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. She enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time with her family.
Rawley Butler, Middle School Teacher
Rawley Butler holds a Master's Degree in Teaching from Simpson College. This will be Rawley's first year teaching at Escuela Americana. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in History, and Environmental Studies from Simpson College and is licensed to teach World History, American History, and Government in the state of Iowa. Rawley enjoys fly fishing, playing sports, listening to Pearl Jam, and traveling during his time off.
María Gabriela Calvo de Baraona, Middle School Counselor
Gaby de Baraona has been working at Escuela Americana as a Middle School Counselor for 17 years. She has a Degree in Psychology from Universidad Dr. José Matias Delgado, Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State College, Massachusetts and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Pedagógica. Besides her counseling duties, Gaby is part of the Community of Concern Program, Middle School Administrative Team and Grade level Teams, Coordinator of the ELP (Extended Learning Program), and SAT Test Center Proctor. She values spending time with her family and loves dogs.
Marlene Cordón de Esquivel, Middle School Teacher
Marlene de Esquivel, is a math middle school teacher, teaching grades 6th, 7th and 8th. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the José Simeón Cañas University and holds a Post-graduate diploma in Education from Don Bosco University. Marlene has been teaching in Escuela Americana for 12 years. She has spent most of her years teaching math and science in a pull-out program in the Trojan Learning Center known -TLC. She has great passion in teaching math and recently she received intense training to be an Educational Therapist from NILD (National Institute for Learning Development) in Ontario, Canada. As a fun fact, Marlene enjoys the outdoors and running and spending time with her family.
Maribel García del Cid, Middle School Teacher
Maribel García del Cid holds a Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación from Universidad de El Salvador, and Escalafón Magisterial de MINED. Maribel worked 15 years at Escuela Internacional, where she taught Lenguaje and Estudios Sociales in Middle School. Working at Escuela Americana, Maribel has dedicated her experience to the Middle School over 22 years. Maribel enjoys reading, solving puzzles, crosswords and spending time with her family, which includes one dog and three cats.
Agnes Dutriz, Middle School Teacher
Agnes Dutriz obtained the Escalafón Docente from Universidad Francisco Gavidia. She has worked as a seventh grade Study Skills teacher for almost ten years, and currently is NJHS sponsor as well as the seventh grade team leader and sponsor. She also is the Study Skills department coordinator. Agnes graduated from Barry University at Miami, Florida with a degree in Communications. She is a proud member of EA Class of 1985 and has two daughters that also graduated from Escuela Americana. Agnes enjoys spending time with her family, taking pictures and a sunny day at her beach house.
Ana Marina Gomez, Middle School Teacher
Ana Gómez, Licenciada en Arquitectura de la Universidad de El Salvador, Licenciada en Educación con especialidad en Lenguaje y Literatura de la Universidad Pedagógica de El Salvador con escalafón docente. Cuenta con 13 años trabajando en Escuela Americana de los cuáles 10 de ellos ha sido asistente de maestros en escuela media y 3 como maestra de Lenguaje y Literatura en octavo grado. Ana disfruta bailando salsa y practicando tae bo.
Beth Marie de Hernández, Middle School Teacher
Beth holds a degree from Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador and Escalafón from Ministerio de Educación. She is certified with a Teaching Diploma from the Centro Universitario Villanueva, España. Beth has been teaching English for more than twenty years at various levels. She has taught Upper School English for the past five years at the Trojan Learning Center. Beth is a proud member of the EA class of 1991 and enjoys reading, art history, cooking and spending time with family.
Tatiana Huezo, Maestra de Escuela Media
Tatiana Huezo es Licenciada en Educación Especializada en Parvularia de la Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador con escalafón docente. Cuenta con 6 años trabajando en Escuela América comenzando como asistente de maestros durante 2 años, luego maestra de SSL (español como segunda lengua) por 2 años y actualmente maestra de Lenguaje y Literatura en sexto grado. Tatiana disfruta pasar tiempo con su perro y dormir mucho.
Allen Jones, Middle School Teacher
Allen Jones holds a Bachelor's Degree in history and is licensed in the state Massachusetts as a middle school and high school social studies teacher. With over 9 years’ experience, Allen enjoys playing guitar in his spare time and working on community projects in El Salvador with a non-profit association he has founded.
Marta de Martin, Middle School Teacher
Marta de Martin holds a Master's Degree in Education from Framingham University, Curso de Formación Pedagógica de la Universidad Pedagógica de El Salvador, and Escalafón Docente Nivel 1 in Mathematics. With over 16 years working as a Middle School teacher at Escuela Americana, Marta has been the Math Department Coordinator for 5 years and has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 regular and Algebra 1 Honors. After graduating from Universidad Evangelica, Marta worked at a local private school for 10 years. She graduated from Escuela Americana in 1981 and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Carmen Novoa, Novoa Middle School Assistant Director
Carmen Novoa holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Education both from the University of Alabama. Carmen has been in the education field for almost 25 years. Carmen has experience in the areas of school, community, and worksite education, with an emphasis on health education and promotion. She is passionate about student life issues and positive youth development; as well as holistic health education, and school safety and student wellbeing. Carmen has presented internationally on the topic of brain research and learning differences between boys and girls. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and exercising.
Alexandra Porzio, Middle School Teacher
Alexandra Porzio holds a Master's Degree in Education. She has a 25 years teaching experience, 6 years teaching at EA’s Extension Program, 4 years as a TLC teacher and has been a middle school teacher for the past 14 years. Ale has Licenciatura en ciencias de la Educación and Ciencias Sociales. She is a proud member of the EA class of 1992 and loves to run.
Patricia Rodríguez Argueta, Middle School Drama Teacher
Patricia Rodríguez Argueta proud member of the E.A Class of 92, studied “Licenciatura en Teatro y Actuación” in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has worked in several national theatre productions, as well as some national and international films.
Ximena Rodriguez, Middle School Teacher
Ximena Rodriguez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University José Simeón Cañas in San Salvador, El Salvador and has a teaching degree in the English language. Ximena has been teaching for almost 20 years, 15 years in a catholic school called Colegio Unión Americano, one year in Escuela Maquilishuat, and four years at Escuela Americana. Ximena enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time with her two children.
Jess Rojas, Middle School Teacher
Jess Rojas earned a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Master’s in Education from Framingham State University. He has been teaching at Escuela Americana for 5 years. Planning and trying out new teaching techniques and strategies keeps Jess interested and excited to teach every day. His hobbies include running, playing guitar, and traveling.
Luz de María Ruiz de Rodríguez, Middle School Teacher
Lucita Ruiz holds a Post Graduate in Art Education from Centro de Altos Estudios Universitarios (CAEU) de la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos OEI from Spain, Degree in Education licensed in The Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) and a Graphic Designer degree licensed in the Univerdad José Matías Delgado, El Salvador. With over 18 years working as a Middle School Art Teacher in Escuela Americana, Lucita is the Art Department Coordinator and Middle School Art Club sponsor. She enjoys very much to listen to music, travel, play piano and spend time with her family.
Beatriz Salaverría de Portillo, Middle School Special Services Coordinator
Beatriz de Portillo holds a Master’s Degree in Family Education from Instituto Europeo de Educación and a Bachelor´s Degree in Psychology from American University, Washington DC. She has been working at Escuela Americana for 11 years now in her role of Special Services. Beatriz sponsors the Humanitarian Club in Middle School helping various low income institutions, especially Hospital Bloom. She is a proud graduate from the EA Class of 1998 and loves to spend the weekends with family outside the city.
Mary Scarpatti, Middle School English Teacher
Mary Scarpatti holds a Master's Degree in Special Education from George Mason University and Bachelor’s Degree in Education from University of Central Florida. Mrs. Scarpatti has been teaching for 25 years in both elementary school and middle school. She has been teaching at Escuela Americana since 2013 in the middle school as English teacher to 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. This will be her fourth and final year with the school before she leaves with the Embassy to some other location yet to be determined. Her daughter is a senior. She loves baking, paper crafting and traveling in her spare time.
Anita de Selva, Middle School Counselor
Anita de Selva holds a Master's Degree in Education from Framingham State College, Massachusetts, a Bachelor's Degree in Science/Psychology and a Minor's Degree in Art from Barry University, Miami, Florida. With over 29 years working at Escuela Americana as a Middle School Counselor, Anita also worked for 4 years in the Upper School as the 9th and 10th grade Counselor. She has had the opportunity to be part of the following organizations at EA: 7th Grade Level Sponsor, EA Anti-Drug Education Committee, National Junior Honor Society Sponsor, Counseling Department Coordinator K-12, Co-chairman of the Code of Conduct/Honor Code Implementation, General Administrative Team Member, and SAT Test Center Coordinator and Administrator. Currently Anita is part of the Middle School Administrative Team and Grade Level Team, the Community of Concern Program and SAT Test Center Proctor. She attended EA and loves dogs, enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Anita Serrano, Middle School Teacher
Anita Serrano holds a degree in Education and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador. With 26 years working experience, Anita has dedicated 15 years as a sixth-grade Language Arts teacher at Escuela Americana. She is a proud member of the EA Class of 1990 and enjoys reading, listening to music, taking care of her pets, and going to the beach.
Arturo Sigüenza, Middle School Teacher
Arturo Siguenza is taking a Master's Degree in International Education from Framingham State University. He holds an English's Degree and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador. With over 16 years working at Escuela America, he has worked in different departments such as Maintenance, Technology, Library, Teacher’s assistant, and teacher. Arturo likes to dance and enjoys spending his free time with family and friends.
Bob Sinnett, Middle School Director
Bob Sinnett holds a Master's Degree in International Teaching and is licensed in the states of Kentucky, Alabama, and Massachusetts as a middle school and high school principal and teacher. With over 15 years working in administration at Escuela Americana, Bob has dedicated most of his experience to the middle school even though he does occasionally teach upper school level math and science classes. Bob enjoys running, playing the saxophone, and spending time with his family.
Fernando Sorto, Middle School Teacher
Fernando Sorto holds a Master's Degree in International Teaching and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Pedagógica de El Salvador. With almost 10 years working as a middle school science teacher at Escuela Americana, Fernando has dedicated most of his experience to the middle school even though he does occasionally teach upper school math and science classes. Fernando got a Bachelor of Science in Physics degree from Louisiana State University and then a Computer Engineering Degree from Universidad Francisco Gavidia. He enjoys gardening, playing with the computer, and spending time with his family.
Virginia Vásquez, Special Services Teacher, Middle School
Virginia Vásquez, tiene el título de licenciada en Psicología graduada de la Universidad Francisco Gavidia de El Salvador y ha realizado el curso de formación pedagógica en la Universidad Francisco Gavidia de El Salvador, también cuenta con más de 16 años de experiencia en la enseñanza de la asignatura de Lenguaje y Literatura del programa regular, así como de Español como Segunda Lengua (SSL) en Escuela Americana. Ha dedicado la mayor parte de su experiencia a la escuela media.
En el tiempo libre le gusta leer, participar en actividades religiosas, prestar servicio comunitario y sobre todo pasar tiempo con su familia.
Patricia Villa-Alta, Middle School Teacher
Patricia Villa-Alta holds a Master's Degree in International Education from Framingham State University and Escalafón Docente from IESSS. With over 18 years working as a teacher at Escuela Americana, Patricia has dedicated most of her experience to the middle, pre-adolescent years. After graduating from Florida State University, Patricia worked at Escuela Americana's Lower School for 7 years before going to Middle School. She is now teaching World Geography in Sixth grade, in charge of the seventh grade LSS, and contributes and helps in NJHS. Patricia enjoys spending her weekends reading, making jewelry, and relaxing in front of the TV.
Carlos Velasco, Middle School Music Teacher
Carlos Velasco has an escalafón docente from Universidad Pedagógica de El Salvador.
He has worked at Escuela Americana for five years teaching a variety of wind instruments. He is also the sponsor of the music club as after school activity. Carlos holds a technical degree in electrical engineering from ITCA (Instituto Técnico Centro Americano) he loves nature and to spend time with his family.
Alexandria Walker, Middle School Teacher
Alexandria (Allie) Walker holds a Master’s degree in teaching from Simpson College and is licensed to teach English Language Arts, World History, and US History in the state of Iowa. This is her first year at Escuela Americana. Allie is an avid reader, loves running, and enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends.
Julie Walsh, Middle School Teacher
Julie Walsh holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. Julie is licensed as a secondary teacher in the State of Texas and has been teaching at Escuela Americana for more than 30 years. During her tenure at EA, she has taught mathematics at both middle and upper school levels. Julie is also a proud mother of two EA alumni (Class of 2009 and 2013) and is herself an EA alumn, Class of 1980. She enjoys seeing owls fly and uses the color orange as much as possible.
Upper School Staff
Director: Hudak Hendrix
Service Learning Coordinator: Raul Erazo
Dean of Faculty: Kate Ariz
Dean of Students: Mario Martínez
Jason Aiken, Upper School Teacher
Jason completed his B.S.Ed. with a specialization in mathematics at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has spent the last three years teaching math and science in his home province of Alberta, Canada and is extremely excited to begin teaching at Escuela Americana. Jason enjoys all sports and is looking forward to learning to surf during his time in El Salvador.
Kathleen Ariz, Upper School Dean of Faculty and Teacher
Kate Ariz completed her M.Ed. in International Education from Framingham University and her B.S. in Psychology from Texas Tech University. Kate began teaching in the Upper School of EA in the fall of 1994 dedicating most of her experience to teaching AP Psychology, Introductory Psychology and Sociology. She is currently a yearly "reader" for the College Board examinations in the area of AP Psychology. She was instrumental in creating a strong AP program as the AP lead and worked as a Social Studies Department chair for the past five years before becoming the Dean of Faculty in the fall of 2016. She also co-chaired the accreditation process with AdvancEd in 2012. Kate enjoys her weekends with her family, exploring nature and culture in El Salvador.
Anne Beckenstein, Upper School Teacher
Anne Beckenstein earned her M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Virginia. She earned her B.A. from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in English and art. She has taught full time for twenty years in Virginia, Egypt, Montana, and El Salvador, and before that part time. She also raised six children (very educational). This is her fifth year at EA. She and her family enjoy stand up paddle boarding on the lakes of northern Montana.
John Benck, Upper School Teacher
John received his M.Ed. from the University of Virginia (USA), and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Drake University. John also attended Valparaiso University and Wartburg College. The 2016-17 school year will be his fifth year at Escuela Americana. John is proud of his considerable experience with polar bears!
Graham Brewer, Upper School Teacher
Graham earned his M.Ed. in Teaching with an Endorsement in History from Seattle University in Seattle Washington. He completed his undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts in Politics, from Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington (So nice they named it twice). This is his second year at Escuela Americana after teaching and coaching for five years at the Northwest School of Arts and Humanities in Seattle Washington. Graham enjoys watching or playing any sporting event known to mankind, including Chess Boxing and Artistic Roller Skating.
Daniel Borst, Upper School Teacher
Daniel Borst earned a M.A.T. in Math from Loyola University, New Orleans (USA). Daniel has worked as an Upper School math teacher at Escuela Americana for more than six years. Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, is where Daniel obtained a BS in mathematics and a BA in theology. He enjoys listening to music and spending weekends with his family.
Gilberto Campos, Upper School Teacher
Gilberto is a trained Industrial Engineer from Universidad Albert Einstein with 13 years of experience at Escuela Americana teaching Photography, graphic design, animation and video production. He loves watercolor and pencil drawing.
Karen Clemente, Upper School Teacher
Karen Clemente completed a Master’s Degree in Dentistry from Universidad Salvadoreña Alberto Masferrer and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Pedagógica. She has over 8 years’ experience working at Escuela Americana, Karen is a former Upper School Substitute Teacher and she is currently in her 5th year teaching High School Science. She thinks that one of the most important skills that students can gain from her is the scientific reasoning. Her hobby is to create handmade jewelry!
Amadeo Cortés, Upper School Teacher
Amadeo earned his B.S.Ed. in math and physics; he is also an electrical engineer. He has taught math and physics at Escuela Americana for over 30 years. Amadeo is an EA alumnus, class of 1976.
Carmen Cristales, Upper School Teacher
Carmen Cristales holds four diplomates from UNAM and Escalafón Docente from Instituto de Educación Superior “El Espíritu Santo” that she upgraded to level 1 by taking the exam for Math Specialty. Carmen has taught Math for nine years here at EA. She has also been a grade level sponsor for five years. She is the eleventh grade sponsor this year. Carmen, after graduating as a Civil Engineer from Albert Einstein University, taught math at her alma mater for fifteen years. She then taught one year in a private university and one year in a bilingual school. The 2016-2017 school year is her tenth year at EA. God has given her a gift that makes it easy for her to communicate with teenagers. Carmen loves to read Anne of Green Gables books and watch romantic movies.
Blanca de Erazo, Upper School Teacher
Blanca de Erazo studied engineering and holds her Escalafon Docente as well as her M.Ed. from Universidad Luis Escamilla. She has worked at EA for 29 years in the Upper School. Her goal is to help her students know, love, and learn more about their country. Blanca enjoys her free time with her husband and children treasuring family time.
Raúl Erazo, Upper School Deputy Director
Raúl Erazo holds Masters’ Degrees in Education and Educational Technology from Universidad Don Bosco and San José State University. He also earned the Escalafón Docente from Universidad Francisco Gavidia in addition to his Engineering Degree from Universidad Politécnica de El Salvador. He has worked for Escuela Americana for the last 30 years teaching several of the math classes offered in the Upper School. Raúl enjoys and values family time and sharing good news with other people.
Lucia de Francés, Upper School Counselor
Lucia de Francés earned her M.Ed. with an emphasis in family counseling from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2008) and graduated with a psychology degree from Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Cañas (2007). The 2016- 2017 school year is Lucia’s tenth year at Escuela Americana as an Upper School counselor and her fifth year as a college counselor. Lucia is a proud EA alumna, class of 2002. Lucia has a wonderful husband, Jose Luis, two beautiful children, Helena and Sebastian, and a French bulldog, Eugenia.
Alison Goggans, Upper School Counselor
Alison earned her undergraduate, two masters’, and an education specialist degree from Georgia Southern University. She taught high school language arts and French for over 30 years before retiring. She came to El Salvador in January 2015 to visit a friend and colleague, Hudak Hendrix, with no intention of going back into the classroom. During that visit, she fell in love with the country and its people. She is beginning her second year here at EA.
Carolina Hasbún Cedillos Upper School Counselor
Carolina Hasbun earned two masters’ degrees: an M.Ed. from Framingham State College (USA) and a M.S. in Counseling from University of Hull (England). She has worked in the Upper School as a grade level counselor and college counselor for the past 15 years. Before joining the EA family, she worked as a psychology professor and therapist at Universdad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Cañas (UCA) from where she earned her degree in Psychology (1996). Carolina is an EA alumna, class 1990, and a proud EA mom, class of 2024.
Hudak Hendrix, Upper School Director
Hudak Hendrix is currently working on his Ed.D in Curriculum Studies with a focus on International Education from Georgia Southern University. He has completed all requirements for graduation with the exception of writing and defending his dissertation. In 1991, Mr. Hendrix graduated with a M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education from Georgia Southern University. His undergraduate degree from Mercer University in 1987 was a B.A. in History/English. Mr. Hendrix has been employed at Escuela Americana for 5 years, first as an upper school teacher for three years and serving as the upper school director for the past two years. Before moving to El Salvador, Mr. Hendrix served as the mayor of his hometown, Cobbtown, Georgia in addition to his job as a high school history teacher.
Daniel Hernández, Upper School Teacher
Daniel Hernandez earned a B. S. in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Don Bosco. Daniel is in his third year at Escuela Americana working for the Upper School Math Department. Daniel enjoys swimming and spending time with his family and friends.
Gary Hinds, Upper School Teacher
Gary completed his M.S. in Environmental Science from Southern Oregon State University in Ashland, Oregon. He is certified in Oregon to teach all science subjects K-12, except physics. In his first year at EA, Mr. Hinds teaches chemistry and biodiversity. He taught for 11 years in the U.S. before teaching in Kazakhstan, Eritrea (east Africa), Bolivia, Togo (west Africa), Myanmar (Burma), and presently here in El Salvador. Before he began teaching he was a ski instructor for 8 years at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon.
Ana Julia Ibarra, Upper School Teacher
Ana Julia Ibarra earned the Escalafon Docente from Universidad Francisco Gavidia (2009). She graduated from Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado in 1992 as an interior designer and has been teaching three different courses related to editorial design at the Escuela de Diseño since 2001. For the last eleven years she has taught Digital and Advanced Digital Design as well as sponsoring the class that produces the school's yearbook. Ana Julia is currently the Senior Class sponsor.
José Alfredo Liévano, Upper School Teacher
Soy graduado de la 'Universidad Francisco Marroquín" de Guatemala con el grado académico de Profesor de Filosofía (1989) con el Escalafón Docente otorgado por la misma universidad y acreditado por el Ministerio de Educación de El Salvador en el año de 1990.
Tengo 26 años de experiencia docente a nivel de bachillerato, así como en capacitaciones para empresas. En lo que respecta a la Escuela Americana imparto la clase de Español a nivel de Secundaria desde el año 2008.
En mis ratos libres me gusta mucho compartir con mi familia y disfrutar de la lectura de un buen libro.
Jairo Martínez, Upper School Teacher
Jairo is an active musician who teaches introductory, intermediate and advanced music in the Upper School. He holds an especialization in artistic education from the Centro de Altos Estudios Universitarios OEI, the escalafon docente as a music teacher from the Centro Nacional de Artes of El Salvador and graduated from Universidad de El Salvador as a business administrator. Jairo has an 18 year experience in teaching. For the past 8years, he has been a teacher at Escuela Americana. In his free time Jairo enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family.
William Marzen II, Upper School Teacher
Bill holds bachelors’ degrees in economics and accounting from Ohio State University and secondary education certification from University of Houston. Bill comes to Escuela Americana with twenty-six years of teaching experience in Texas, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Ecuador. William is also a reader for Collegeboard in Macroeconomics. He enjoys taking long walks and visiting new places.
Casey McHugh, Upper School Teacher
Casey McHugh completed his M.Ed. in International Education from Framingham University and a Bachelor's in Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. He is certified to teach both English and History for grades 6-12. He has over four years of teaching experience at Escuela Americana, most of which has been as a 7th grade language arts teacher. He is currently teaching Ninth grade English I and Honors English I. His wife also teaches 9th grade at Escuela Americana, and they both love raising their young daughter, Athena, here in San Salvador.
Stephanie McHugh, Upper School Teacher
Stephanie McHugh is currently working on her PhD in Health Related Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration along a Bachelor of Science in Radiography, both from Concordia University of Wisconsin. With 4 years as an Upper School Science teacher, Stephanie has dedicated most of her time to Biology. Stephanie enjoys spending her free time doing a variety of outdoor activities with her family and dog.
Ashley J. Melinski, Upper School Teacher
Ashley Melinski received her M.Ed. in Mathematics Adolescence Education (7-12) from State University of New York at Fredonia, also known as SUNY Fredonia. This university is also where she earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics, mathematics adolescence education (7-12), and a minor in Spanish. She is a certified math teacher, grades 7-12 through New York State. Ashley has been at Escuela Americana for the last 2 years teaching varying levels of mathematics. While she was working on her master's degree, Ashley taught mathematics classes at her university at night while substitute teaching during the day. In her 'off' time, she enjoys cooking and baking (cookies especially), working on puzzles, and drinking coffee.
Blanca de Monge,Upper School Teacher
Blanca de Monge completed a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Social Studies as well as a M.A. in Economics Instruction, both from Trinity University. Blanca has been working at EA for 15 years. She is an alumna of EA, Class of 1984. Blanca’s passion is to teach history and work with students to develop their leadership skills.
Gabriela Mora de Rubio, Upper School Art Teacher
Gabriela received a Post Graduate Degree in Arts Education from Centro de Altos Estudios Universitarios CAEU/OEI. Graduating with a B.F.A in Illustration from
Ringling College of Art and Design, Gaby freelanced with Sesame Street and Tin Marin as an illustrator before becoming a teacher. With 7 years working experience at EA as an art teacher she is currently the Head of the Upper School Arts Department. Gaby is a proud member of EA’s Class of 1996. Gaby is a huge Mickey Mouse fan, and loves everything that has to do with Disney.
Sindy Morán, Profesora de Secundaria
Sindy tiene una Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación con especialidad en Parvularia y un Profesorado en Educación Parvularia. Obtuvo su título en la Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador en el 2001.
Lleva 8 años trabajando como profesora de Lenguaje y Literatura con alumnos de décimo grado de la Escuela Americana.
También trabajó como asistente de Escuela Media durante 6 años, siempre en la Escuela America.
Es decir, lleva más de 14 años trabajando en esta institución.
Su tiempo libre es para compartir con amigos y con su familia especialmente. También dedica su tiempo creando manualidades.
Rex E. Morrison, Upper School Teacher
Rex earned a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education, English Endorsement from Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska. He is in his first year teaching at Escuela Americana. Before arriving at EA, Rex taught English at Mitchell Jr/Sr High School in Mitchell, Nebraska. As an English instructor, one of his passions is reading; he can often be found with a book in hand. Summers are often spent camping and kayaking on the Niobrara River in the U.S.
Michelle Motz, Upper School Teacher
Michelle Motz received her M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies in International Education from SUNY, B.A. in Latin American Studies and her B.A. in English with a focus on Post-Colonial Literature from Emory University (USA). After graduating Michelle worked in the American School of Tegucigalpa for six years as a middle and upper school English teacher. Michelle has been an English teacher at EA for 9 years and chairs EA's Upper School English Department. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and riding horses.
Alejandra Nolasco, Upper School Teacher
Alejandra Nolasco is one of the most active and constant theatre-makers in El Salvador with more than 15 years of experience performing in national and international theater projects. She has been teaching Drama for 10 years in different local schools and this is her 3rd year at Escuela Americana. Whenever she thinks about having fun, she cooks, she sings and she gardens.
Mónica Parraga, Upper School Teacher
Mónica Párraga is a Graphic Design graduate from Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado and worked in the design industry and as a college professor before coming to EA. She holds a post graduate degree in arts education from Centro de Altos Estudios Universitarios CAEU/OEI and Escalafón Docente from Universidad Don Bosco. With over 9 years working in the Upper School, Mónica has dedicated most of her teaching experience to nurturing the Arts and Design at Escuela Americana. Monica is an EA alumna, Class of 1986. Mónica enjoys her two and four-legged family, plants, and all things related to the arts.
Viviana Paz, Upper School Teacher
Viviana Paz earned her B.S.Ed. with concentration in secondary science from the University of Calgary, Canada and her M.Ed. in international teaching from Framingham State University, Massachusetts (USA). She has taught a range of science courses in Escuela Americana of El Salvador for eighteen years. She respects and admires nature.
Juan José Rivas, Upper School Teacher
Juan José Rivas, tiene una Maestría en Filosofía de la Universidad Rafael Landívar de Guatemala, una licenciatura en Letras y Filosofía de la Universidad Rafael Landívar y un profesorado en Pedagogía y Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad Francisco
Marroquín de Guatemala. Comienza su sexto año como maestro de Español (Lenguaje y Literatura) en Upper School, Escuela Americana de El Salvador. Es catedrático de Filosofía en la Universidad Don Bosco de El Salvador y en la Escuela Mónica Herrera. Tiene 25 años de experiencia docente, tanto a nivel medio, como a
nivel universitario. Su pasatiempo favorito: la música.
Carlos Rodríguez Cedillos, Upper School Teacher
Profesor de Español de Secundaria. Veintisiete años enseñando en la escuela. Empezó con 7o. grado y actualmente con 11o y 12o grados. Se graduó de Profesor de español y Literatura en la Escuela Normal Superior de El Salvador y obtuvo su grado académico en la Universidad de Toulouse, Francia. Cursó la Maestría en la Universidad Pedagógica de El Salvador. Fundo el primer curso AP en la escuela hace más de 15 años y continúa enseñando el AP Spanish Literature. Fue invitado por el College Board como Faculty Consultant de literatura hispana durante los veranos de más de diez años. Le gusta conocer el mundo, leyendo o viajando.
Cecilia Romero-Blanco, Upper School Teacher
Cecilia Romero received a Postgraduate Degree in Education from Universidad Don Bosco and a Bachelor in Communications from Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado. She has been working at Escuela Americana for 8 years and teaches the AP Spanish Language and Culture course as well as other language and Spanish literature subjects. Before arriving at EA she worked for several years in the field of Marketing, Advertisement & Communications. She also taught Cinema Appreciation at a College level and occasionally gave English/ Spanish tutoring. Cecilia is an avid reader and follows current world events with great interest. She also enjoys art, music and foreign films. She especially loves spending her time in the pool or outdoors with her two energetic toddler-girls.
Elise Rooney, Upper School Teacher
Elise Rooney received a B.S.Ed. in Broadfield Social Studies- History/Political Science from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. This is Elise's first year at Escuela Americana and her fifth year teaching as a secondary social studies teacher, previously teaching in Cameroon, Bahrain, and South Korea. Elise enjoys running and being outdoors.
Jared Thompson, Upper School Teacher
Jared Thompson completed a B.S. in Mathematics from Iowa State University. This is Jared's sixth year teaching, all of those in upper school. After graduating from Iowa State University, Jared taught in Bahrain for three years and Venezuela for two. This is Jared's first year at Escuela Americana. Jared enjoys hiking, and performing.
Angelina Saprissa, Upper School Teacher
Angelina Saprissa earned a B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and a Minnesota State 7-12 Physical Science Teaching License. With over 15 years working as an Upper School teacher at Escuela Americana, Angelina has dedicated most of her experience in the field of Chemistry. A proud member of EA Class of 1992. Angelina enjoys spending time at home with her family.
Jesús Stanley Pérez Alemán, Upper School Teacher
Jesús Alemán is currently working on a master’s degree from Framingham State University (Massachusetts, USA). Jesús studied for his Escalafón at Universidad Pedagógica of El Salvador. He earned a computer science degree at Universidad Tecnológica of El Salvador. Jesús also holds an associate degree from Los Angeles City College, completed more than thirty credits at California State University, studied one year at University of Northern Colorado, and studied one year at Colorado State University. Jesús enjoys being a student as well as a teacher! He has worked at Escuela Americana for eight years teaching Geometry, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Algebra 3. Jesús loves spending time with his family whether it is at home or outdoors. He especially likes to play the guitar and sports with his kids.
Edwin Alfonso Chavarría- Coach
Edwin Alfonso Chavarría Colorado es profesor de Educación Física y Deportes. Actualmente está cursando la Licenciatura en Educación Física y Deportes en la Universidad Pedagógica de El Salvador. Tiene 8 años de trabajar en Escuela Americana como entrenador de fútbol y 2 años como profesor de Educación Física para escuela media. En sus tiempos libres le gusta pasar con su familia.
Carlos Clemente, PE Upper School Teacher and Varsity (9th to 12th) Track and Field Coach.
Carlos holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources from Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador. He also has a BA in Physical Education and Sports and is a National Track and Field Coach and International Official of the International Athletics Federation. Carlos has dedicated 18 years to training and educating athletes and students of Escuela Americana. He loves his job and the school and enjoys practicing all sports, and spending time with his family during weekends and vacations.
Nery Alfonso Henriquez, Upper School Teacher, and varsity volleyball coach
Nery Alfonso Henriquez holds his M.Ed. in Family Educational Consulting from Universidad Complutense of Madrid – ICEF, BA Physical Education and sports from International School of Physical Education and Sports of Cuba and second level International volleyball coach. He is beginning his first year as a physical education teacher in Upper School. For the past 6 years, Nery has been the coach of the women's varsity volleyball team. Previously he worked as a sports coordinator at school Garcia Flamenco for 5 years and the national team of volleyball. He enjoys his family, especially his daughter, as well as his work.
Sara Hidalgo, Coach
Sara Marina Hidalgo, es profesora de Educación Física, con 25 años de experiencia y 11 trabajando en Escuela Americana como entrenadora de voleibol y 6 como profesora en escuela media. Es entrenadora Nivel II Internacional y le gusta practicar todos los deportes.
Nery Alfonso Henriquez, PE Upper School Teacher, and varsity volleyball coach
Nery Alfonso Henríquez holds a Master's Degree in Family Educational Consulting from Universidad Complutense of Madrid – ICEF, BA in Physical Education and sports from International School of Physical Education and Sports of Cuba and second level International volleyball coach. He is beginning his first year as a Physical Education teacher in Upper School and has been the coach of the girls Volleyball varsity team for 6 years. Before coming to Escuela Americana, he worked as a sports coordinator at Garcia Flamenco for 5 years and coached the volleyball national team. He enjoys his family, especially his daughter as well as his work.
Wilfredo Huezo, PE Teacher, Middle School
Graduado como profesor de Educación Física en la Escuela Superior de Educación Física y de la Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador como Licenciado en Educación Física y Deportes. Con 22 años trabajando en Escuela Americana, es profesor de Educación Física, entrenador de fútbol clase A, trabaja con categorías de U-14 varones y equipo varsity de fútbol femenino. Los fines de semana le gusta disfrutar con su familia.
Claudia Lucero, Upper School Teacher, Lower school track and field coach
Claudia Lucero holds her M.Ed. in Family Educational Consulting from Universidad Complutense of Madrid – ICEF, BA Physical Education and sports from International School of Physical Education and Sports of Cuba and National Track and Field Coach. With over 7 years working as an Upper School PE teacher at Escuela Americana, she has dedicated most of her experience in the sport of Track and Field for Lower School Athletes. Before to start working at EA, Claudia worked in La Floresta School. Claudia enjoys spending her weekends with her family.