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Meet the Team

Dedicated & Certified

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Katie Kenlan

Interim Director

Katie Kenlan has a degree in Latin American Studies from UNC Chapel Hill.  She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years with a background in Reggio Emilia based learning and emergent curriculums. She is a NC native who in 2019 moved to Argentina to study. She is passionate about Spanish and fostering supportive, creative learning environments for children. Katie joined Mi Escuelita in March 2023.


Marie Ann Del Valle Coppin

Assistant Director

Marie Ann has had the privilege to work with children both inside and outside of the classroom. She’s originally from Puerto Rico and is very proud of her heritage. Marie Ann joined Mi Escuelita in March 2023. 

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Blanca Santini

Teacher in Estrellitas

Blanca is originally from Puerto Rico. She has been with Mi Escuelita since 2021.

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Martina SanElias

Teacher in Estrellitas 

Martina has been at Mi Escuelita since 2012. She is from Guanajuato, Mexico. 


Alejandrina Guevara

Teacher in Solecitos

Alejandrina joined Mi Escuelita in 2019. She is originally from Honduras.


Yesenia Morales

Teacher in Solecitos

Yesenia is originally from Chiapas,  Mexico. She previously worked in Montessori Schools. Yesenia joined Mi Escuelita in 2022

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Reina Leon

Teacher in Lunitas

Reina earned a nursing  from El Salvador, her home country. She earned her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wake Tech Community College. Reina joined Mi Escuelita in 2016.


Blanca Maradiaga

Teacher in Lunitas

Blanca joined Mi Escuelita in 2007. She earned an Associate Degree as a Business Secretary in her home country Honduras. 


Yajaira Caviedes

Teacher in Cometas

Yajaira joined Mi Escuelita in 2021. She is originally from Venezuela.


Katherine Albero

Teacher in Cometas

Katherine joined Mi Escuelita in 2023. She has a background in special education with 12+ years of experience in her home country of Venezuela. 


Jisleni Hernandez

Teacher in Cometas

Jisleni is an assistant  teacher for Cometas. She was born and raised in Chapel Hill with Hispanic parents from Guanajuato Mexico  and is bilingual. She joined Mi Escuelita in 2023..


Alexis Besosa

Yoga Teacher

Alexis joined Mi Escuelita as the part-time Yoga Instructor in 2023, and is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Carrboro Yoga Company, and her 95 hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training with Kidding Around Yoga

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