Toddlers and Preschool Team

Roxana Membreno

Spanish Preschool Teacher

Roxana may be new to the Spanish Preschool classroom, but she is not new to the ISC! She has one daughter who is a Kindergartener in our Spanish program and has a son in our Spanish Toddler class. She has also served as our parent representative to the Board in the past. She has nannied for many years to even some of our own ISC families. Roxana is excited to join the Spanish preschool team!

Elizabeth Chinchilla

Spanish Prescool Teacher

Elizabeth is in her second year as a teacher at the ISC. She has one son who will be attending the Spanish Preschool program and an older daughter in middle school. She loves to share her native culture with the children and is excited for a great year!

Kate Gates

French Preschool Teacher

Kate earned a B.A in Psychology from the University of Paris, France and a AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) primary teaching degree. She taught 3 years in Montessori schools in Paris before moving to Charlottesville. She was the Head Teacher in ISC's French Preschool classes from 1999 to 2011, and after a four-year stint as Enrichment Teacher at the UVA Malcom Cole Child Care Center, she came back to the ISC! In her free time, she loves cooking, traveling and having fun with her family and friends.

Tais Salazar

Spanish Toddler Teacher

Tais is in her third year of working in our program, but has two children who have been at the ISC for over 5 years. She has worked for a Nanny for many years for local families. She is excited to work at the ISC and use her native Spanish.

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 working at the ISC, as it combines her passions for French and working with young children. She enjoys hiking, gardening, painting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Diana Flanagan

French Toddler 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. After taking a year off to help with family, she returned last year and is now in her third year as a French Toddler Teacher.