Meet the Team

Dedicated & Certified

Carolina Stealey

Executive Director

She is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Carolina has more than 17 years of experience teaching children from infants to high school and she has
experience as an academic coordinator in the United States. Carolina earned her degree in Colombia in Basic Education with a specialization in computer science. She is a certifed Montessori Guide by the American Montessori Society (AMS) in the United States. Carolina has two early certifications; Level 8 in Early Care Education and level 11 in School Age by The North
Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals. She has been leading Mi Escuelita’s family since January of 2019.

Maritza Amador

Office Administration

 Maritza was born in Chapel Hill and was raised in Siler City NC.  She has obtained her Associates Degree from Wake Technical Community college in Spring 2019 with a degree in International Management, after obtaining her associates degree she continued her education at Campbell University  where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She comes from a Mexican household and a very traditional Mexican culture. She joined Mi Escuelita in November 2020, she is proud to be part of the Mi Escuelita family.

Maria Alejandra

Lead Teacher in Lunitas

 Maria Alejandra is originally from Venezuela, she earned a Bachelor degree in preschool Education from the Universidad de Zulia, Maracaibo Venezuela and she earned her Early Childhood Credential from Wake Technical Community College. She joined the Mi Escuelita family in June of 2020.

Karen Leon

Assistant Teacher in Estrellitas.

She is originally from El Salvador and moved to Chapel Hill in 2001. She earned a degree in Nursing from El Salvador. She earned her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wake Tech Community College. Karen joined Mi Escuelita in 2016.

Martina San Elias

Lead Teacher in Estrellitas.

She is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, and moved to Chapel Hill in 2012. She earned a certified nursing assistant from Mexico. She is working towards her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wake Tech Community College and earned as well Early Childhood Education credential at Durham Technical community College. Martina joined Mi Escuelita in 2012.

Blanca Maradiaga

Assistant Teacher in Lunitas 

She is originally from Honduras and move to Chapell Hill in 2004. She earned an Associate Degree as a Business Secretary in Honduras.
Her skills and love for working with children are natural, and genuine and we are proud to have her in our Mi Escuelita family for 12 years. Blanca joined Mi Escuelita in 2007.

Nidia Rojas

Lead Teacher in Solecitos.

She is originally from Colombia and moved to Chapel Hill in 2016. She earned her License as an Emergency Medical Technician (paramedic) in Colombia. Nidia earned her Early Childhood Education credential at Durham Technical community College and she is working on completing her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wake Tech Community College. Nidia joined Mi Escuelita in 2018.

Alexandra Rojas

Lead Teacher in Cometas

She is originally from Colombia and moved to Chapel Hill in 2016. She earned a Bachelor degree in Early Child Education from the University Luis Amigo, Medellin, Colombia. Her love for art lead her to create a platform on social media about cardmaking, miniature figures and small landscapes. She became one of the inner-city artist in Carrboro/Chapel Hill. Alexandra is actively engaged with the Latino community and member of the Centro Hispano in Carroboro.

Rosendo Pena

Lead Music Teacher

Rosendo is originally from Venezuela. Rosendo earned a Bachelor degree in musical studies and a Master degree in orchestral direction from the Universidad Simon Bolivar. He joined the Mi Escuelita family in June of 2019.