Visual Arts Educator
I believe in the Visual Arts as an interconnected language that amplifies diversity, empathy, and cultural awareness. As an educator, I aim to co- create a transdisciplinary space with students, one that supports emotional intelligence. I aspire to support an ever-changing learning community where dialogue enhances experiential learning through self- inquiry, critical thinking, agency, and collective reflections for multicultural relationships.
Early Years/ Accreditation Coordinator
Nagoya International School- IB School. Japan.
August 2022 - Present
Development of documentation for individual and collective activities that involve provocations, invitations, discoveries, and exploration of child-led interactions and dialogue.
Creation mindfulness activities to stimulate socio-emotional skills and dispositions.
Encourage dialogue in support of multicultural perspectives. Presentation of internal PD for faculty and parent workshops.
Active member of the DEIJ committee.
Accreditation coordinator for WASC & CIS, overseeing re-accreditation process in Pathway 2.
PYP Homeroom/ Yoga Instructor
Suzhou's International School- IB School. China.
August 2021 - July 2022
Learning through the inquiry cycle within the IB Learner Profile, following children’s inquiry to co-create community projects.
Split-screen teaching to develop Approaches to Learning.
Adapting a transdisciplinary approach between the units of inquiry, Reading & Writer’s Workshop, and Maths curriculum.
Integrating technology to amplify children’s ATL skills as they develop meaningful projects that reflect digital citizenship.
Early Years Teacher-Researcher
International School Eastern Seaboard- IB School. Thailand.
August 2018 - present
Fostered student agency by developing a safe, caring, and cooperative environment of individuals who have a voice in their community.
Mindfulness lessons in support of socio-emotional skills, and reflective participation to promote multicultural perspectives.
Created provocations for story creation, wonders into scientific discoveries, and metacognitive experiences.
Applied technology as a creative tool with a meaningful purpose for children to document and reflect on their learning.
Developed documentation as a catalyst for collective perspectives.
Holistically evaluated child performance through observations.
Daily communication with families using the Seesaw platform, building a digital portfolio, and documenting learning experiences.
Systems Little House International Kindergarten. Vietnam.
August 2015 - June 2016
Stimulated children’s interest where self-discovery and innate discovery was the result.
Fostered children as individuals who are able to construct their own learning by interacting with others in their environment, while becoming empathetic communicators.
Created weekly newsletters showcasing students' discoveries and developments as child-led approaches that can be adapted at home.
Produced documentation for special classroom projects which explained individual children’s thoughts, their understanding of the world, and showing transformation in their discoveries and perspectives.
Singapore International School. Vietnam.
July 2014 - June 2015
Implementation of Singaporean curriculum within a project-based approach to learning across all subject areas.
Student council coordinator for grade 5 students.
Bilingual Reading Specialist
Walnut Creek Elementary. Austin ISD. Texas, USA.
January 2012 - July 2014
Supported the development and implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessments across all elementary grade levels.
Facilitated learning in the classroom by assisting instruction while modeling lessons for teachers, evaluating delivery of instruction, and offering ideas for the application of differentiated support.
Collaborated in implementing new technologies that enhanced students’ academic engagement, while promoting project-based instruction.
Evaluated student performance by maintaining records of their progress, and created lessons responsive to the targeted academic and individual needs.
Developed training for new and existing teachers in the application of the Language Arts curriculum by creating professional development sessions.
Attended weekly meetings as part of the campus’ administration team, presenting students' individual needs through data analysis.
Manor Elementary. Manor ISD. Texas, USA.
August 2009 - July 2011
Developed and implemented lesson plans that fulfilled the requirements of district’s curriculum aligned with state academic standards in all subjects.
Reflected accommodations for differences in students’ learning styles.
Applied project-based learning strategies for content-area subjects.
Transitioned students from Spanish to English instruction fostering the continuous development of the mother-tongue.
Conducted ongoing informal and formal assessments analyzing students' individual needs.
Worked cooperatively with grade-level team to create meaningful lessons.
Masters in Education
Lamar University. Texas, United States.
June 2017 - December 2018
Yoga Teacher Certification
Zenith Yoga. Hanoi, Vietnam.
September 2016 - April 2017
200 Hr Hatha Yoga studies: philosophy, technique, anatomy.
Huston-Tillotson University. Texas, United States.
January 2008 - April 2009
Early Childhood and Primary Years Bilingual Education (Spanish).
Bachelor of Arts
Tadeo Lozano University. Bogota, Colombia.
January 2000 - May 2005
Major in Graphic Design
Study of visual communication, humanities, and design.
Pedagogy at Play 2023/ Toddle Playdates- Toddle
Fireside Chat: The Role of the Early Years Educator
Webinar: Active Observation as an Early Years Tool
The Inquiry Educators Summit 2022- Toddle
Early Years Strategy Session
Workshop: The Beauty of Uncertainty.
21st CLHK Conference, 2021
Early Years Strand Workshop
When Walls Speak: Documentation as a catalyst for reflection.
MORE Latinamerica, 2020
Non-profit organization that empowers the Latin community
Masterclass: Healing the Inner Child to Parent with Compassion
Apple Education South East Asia, 2019
Innovation at School
Webinar: Video Documentation as a way to amplify student voice
MYP Visual Arts- Category 2
International Accreditation Evaluator
Council of International Schools
Story Workshop Studio
Founding Member- Ongoing Collaboration January 2019- Present
Developing your Story Workshop
Opal School - Portland, USA.
Oct - Dec. 2020. Online
Children and the Digital
Reggio Children Italy (Webinar)
October 22, 2020
How To Amplify PYP Essentials in Whole Group Instruction
Erin Kent Consulting - Tonya Gilchrist
September 20, 2020
Design as a dialogue between adults & children and children & children
Reggio Children Italy (Webinar)
September 22, 2020
Music & Children
Reggio Children Italy (Webinar)
July 22, 2020
Opal School Summer Symposium:
An Ecology of Listening
Opal School (online)
Making the PYP Happen: Implementing Agency -Category 1
NIST International School
September 20-22, 2019
How Virtual Reality Works
University of California San Diego
July - August 2019
Apple Learning Series: Everyone can Create, Everyone can Code, Accessibility, Visioning.
Apple South Asia
November 2018 - May 2019
Reggio Emilia Principles and Values Workshop by Dr. Stefania Giamminuti
Knowledge Source Institute
Chiang Mai, Thailand
November 17-20, 2018
Design & Development of Educational Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April - May 2017
Gifted & Talented Education
2010 and 2011.
Driven by an Ecology of Listening
Socio-emotional learning focus
Documentation practices as a reflective focus with children
Reggio Emilia foundations to nurture and advocate for the Image of the Child
ATLs to guide learning experiences
Agentic student empowerment
Artistic and aesthetic focus
Goals Project facilitator for classrooms around the world (2020-2023).
SDG Ambassador implementing the Global Goals into inquiry units.
Chosen to present a Take Action project for the Take Action Global organization and the United Nations.
Technology leader for WASC accreditation committee 2019-2020
Implemented and co-founded a Reggio-inspired preschool at ISE.
Delivery and preparation of Accessibility workshop with iPad device for parents and teachers.
Created animation club as an after school activity in ISE.
Community yoga classes at ISE.
Yoga instructor for children, teenagers, and family programs in a Yoga studio.
Campus facilitator and liaison for the district’s grant program at Austin ISD.
Director and curriculum developer for the Summer school programs of 2012 and 2013 at Walnut Creek Elementary.
Translated curriculum for the science department of English Language Learners in Austin ISD.