Wende DeFlon, English Language Arts and Phonics Instructor
Wende has a passion for children that has led her to pursue new opportunities as she has transitioned into a new phase of her life. After graduating from Hampshire College with her BA in Cultural Anthropology and from John Hopkins with her MSc in Population Dynamics/Demography, Wende has for many years worked with cultural and educational organizations in Central America. Since she is bilingual in Spanish/English, these jobs helped to fuel her love for this culture and sharpen her language skills. Her most recent job saw her return to the Charlottesville area where she was a literacy tutor for Literacy for All Charlottesville. Wende is excited to help the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Graders develop their English phonics skills!
Kate Wisbey, Third Grade English Teacher
Kate graduated with her BA in Music from Christopher Newport University, and has been teaching music lessons since 2015. She has been a music instructor for our children for the past 2 years. This year Kate will be using her Montessori K-5 training and teaching our Second Grade class in addition to creating virtual music content. She is also currently working torward her Masters Degree in Business. She loves dancing, taking Zumba classes, hiking, and playing with her cat Juliet in her free time.
Nattachya Olivares, Roaming Assistant
Natthachya is in her third year at the ISC, and she has been a regular caregiver and nanny to ISC families for over 2 years. She is a native Spanish speaker and came to the US from Venezuela. Nattachya lives here with her husband Jose and a one year old daughter. Natthachya gained her BA in Social Communication and Journalism University Fermin Toro Barquisimeto in 2013 and completed a Masters in Economics and Organizational Communication in 2016. Nattachya loves working with the Toddlers and especially enjoys arts and crafts with them.
Maria Salazar, Roaming Assistant
Maria (or Mafer as she is also known) is in her third year of working in our program. She is currently enrolled at PVCC and pursuing her degree in Education. Through working with her mother who is an Early Childhood Education teacher, she has developed a passion for working with children and using her native Spanish.
Gloriouse Kade, Roaming Assistant
Gloriose is in her third year at the ISC. Originally from Rwanda, she is a native French speaker and excited to share her knowledge of French with the children. Kade had worked previously at another preschool before joining the ISC in 2019.
Jessica Lamberty, Roaming Assistant and Specials
Jessica graduated with her BS in International Business from Illinois State University. She is new to ISC but has been working with children for three years as an assistant program coordinator for a children's ministry. She learned Spanish while living abroad in Colombia and holds a minor in Spanish Language. This year, Jessica is teaching Specials--art, music, physical education, and STEM--to the elementary students. She loves horseback riding, paddle boarding, playing the violin, and spending time with her pet bunnies.
Lisa Blackmon, Roaming Assistant