Kirsten McGee, French Toddler Teacher
Kirsten grew up in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia, and started learning French when she entered third grade at the Washington Waldorf School. She studied in Paris during her junior year at James Madison University, and later her fluency began to emerge while she was an au pair in the south of France. Upon graduation, she taught English in Czechoslovakia for a year, and then volunteered on an archeological dig in Lille, France. She remained in Lille for two years, teaching English, perfecting her French, and gardening. When she returned to the United States, she pursued a Master’s degree for Waldorf education at Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire, and then taught at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, Massachusetts. She is very excited about joining the faculty at ISC, as it combines her passions for French and working with young children. She enjoys playing and hiking with her three sons, being creative, and spending time with friends and family.
Diana Flanagan, French Toddler Assistant Teacher
Diana was born and raised in Romania where she still has family and enjoys visiting every summer with her husband and two children. She has a BA in French Language and Literature and a MA in Cultural Anthropology and has been teaching French for the past 15 years. This year will be Diana’s second year at the ISC. She has been supporting the HAC Team as a Floating Teacher/ PE Teacher this past year, and helping in our Aftercare Program.
Sulay Garay, Spanish Toddler Teacher
Sulay was born in Honduras. She started her educational profession in the Escuela Normal Mixta del Litoral Atlantico, where she obtained her degree as an Elementary School Teacher. Afterwards, she finished her university studies by obtaining a Bachelor degree in pedagogy. Later on, Sulay continued her studies with a Master degree in educational management at the Francisco Morazan National Pedagogical University. She has worked with children for over 30 years, and for 15 of those years, she served as a principal in both elementary and high school environments. Sulay, along with her family, moved to Charlottesville in 2015 and have traveled around the United States to explore its beauty and the kindness of its people.
Karina Aguilar, Spanish Toddler Assistant Teacher
Karina is excited about embarking on her third year at the ISC, having been part of the ISC Aftercare Program for two years. Karina and her husband are parents of a second grader! Karina arrived in the US in 2007 from Honduras. She has spent the last 10 years working with childcare in a variety of home, group and church settings. She especially enjoys drama activities with the children and loves utilizing her native Spanish at the ISC.
Nicolle Fierro, Spanish Toddler Assistant Teacher
Nicolle was born and raised in Lima, Perú. She has a degree in International Business Administration and worked at an Import/Export company for a year. She started working with kids 7 years ago when her nephew with Down Syndrome, Alessandro, was born. Since then her passion for children has grown exponentially. She truly loves what does. This year will be her second year at the ISC. When she is not at school, she loves singing karaoke, dancing, playing volleyball and making jewelry.