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Meet the Team

We're proud of our dedicated, experienced, and nurturing staff.


Marie Ann Del Valle Coppin


Marie Ann has had the privilege of working 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 2023. 


Ingrid Prado

Assistant Director

Ingrid is originally from Lima, Peru. Her background is in administration with 14 years of experience in the Early Education  Spanish Immersion Programs. Ingrid joined Mi Escuelita in 2023. 


Maria Fernanda Garcia

Teacher in Estrellitas

Maria Fernanda has a masters degree in Business Administration. She is originally from Ecuador and moved to Apex, NC with her two daughters and husband. She was very involved in her children's Montessori preschool back home and is excited to share her culture and language with children and families. She joined Mi Escuelita in 2023.

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Martina SanElias

Teacher in Estrellitas

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


Alejandrina Guevara

Teacher in Solecitos

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

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Reina Leon

Assistant Teacher

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.


Adamari Gonzalez - Salinas

Teacher in Lunitas

Adamari has been working with children for the last 5 years. She has two certifications and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She was born and raised in Danville, VA, and is bilingual. Adamari’s family is originally from Durango Mexico. She joined Mi Escuelita in 2023.


Blanca Maradiaga

Teacher in Lunitas

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


José Emilio Gutiérrez

Teacher in Cometas

Emilio is from Mexico, born in the state of Veracruz. He has a bachelor's degree in education from his home country and six years of experience working with children up to the age of 12. He is passionate about teaching and joined Mi Escuelita in 2024 to continue learning from his students.


Yesenia Morales

Teacher in Cometas

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


Katherine Albero

Assistant Teacher

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


Ana Carolina Sequera

Music Teacher

Carolina is from Venezuela where she studied piano, singing and composition. She taught in a Spanish immersion preschool from 2016 to 2021 and now focuses on teaching music to children.


Alexis Besosa

Yoga Teacher

Alexis is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. She received her yoga teacher training with Carrboro Yoga Company, and her children’s yoga teacher training with Kidding Around Yoga. She joined Mi Escuelita as the yoga instructor in 2023.


Raine Hertel

Office Manager

Raine is Mi Escuelita's remote part-time office manager, helping with a variety of administrative tasks. She initially worked at Mi Escuelita as the office manager until 2020 and then returned in 2023. Raine majored in Spanish and Studio Art at Indiana University in Bloomington. She lives in Michigan and has two children, one of whom previously attended Mi Escuelita.

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