Meet our team

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Meet our team

We are still looking for the best professionals around the world to complete our family

Spanish Language Teacher

Blanca María Aparicio Fernández

Blanca María Aparicio Fernández

Spanish Language Teacher
Madrid, Spain

“I am an experienced teacher and have dedicated the last 25 years of my life to this wonderful profession. Working with children is my biggest passion, and I am willing to dedicate myself to them in IB Spanish, Spanish as a Second Language, and Spanish Language Curriculum, as well as being an IB and Instituto Cervantes examiner.”

School Counsellor and Learning Support Specialist

Wendy M. Aragón Mancera

Wendy M. Aragón Mancera

School Counselor and Learning Support Specialist
Chihuahua, México

“I am fascinated to join this amazing new project at ATLAS School and as a psychologist, I am here to help our little ones to express their unique talents and to achieve amazing learning despite any difficulties that may come along the way. I love music, people, and nature in all forms, and variations. But most of all, I love helping others. I have lived in Los Angeles and the Bay area, I´ve also lived in Africa, and now I live in Spain with my own family. I am very excited to meet you all very soon!”

Head of Student Support Department

Jonica Asteros

Jonica Asteros

Head of Student Support Department
Georgia, USA

“I’m an educator, mom of 3 children, wife, sister, daughter & friend, and have been teaching internationally for the past 14 years. I am excited to join the ATLAS team to help in making a positive impact with students, parents, and teachers, and in creating a community of which we are all proud”

Physics, Chemistry and Math Teacher

Silvia Adelina Baña Cobas

Silvia Adelina Baña

Physics, Chemistry, and Math Teacher
Buenos Aires, Argentina/ Spain 

“I couldn’t be more delighted to join this wonderful team of teachers in this great project. I am a Physics teacher and, although my parents are Spanish, I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am settled now in Andalucia, the prettiest place ever. I love teaching and have been lucky to have educated students for over 30 years, in different countries, different schools, and at different levels. I am a happy mother of two grown-up children and love singing and playing the guitar a little bit every day”

Preschool Teacher

Leticia Contreras Vazquez

Leticia Contreras Vazquez

Preschool Teacher
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

“I am a passionate and loving early childhood educator with 7 years of experience in my own classroom. I am excited to join the Atlas community to continue to inspire a love for learning in the young children that I teach.”

French Department Coordinator

Gaëlle Coste

Gaëlle Coste

French Department Coordinator
Liège, Belgium

“I have been teaching French abroad for the past seventeen years. I have lived in The Netherlands, Scotland, The Maldives and Spain. In my spare time, I enjoy horseback riding, playing tennis, and going for long walks in nature. I am very excited to be joining the Atlas team!”

Lower School Teacher

Emily DiFabio

Emily DiFabio

Elementary School Teacher
New York, USA

“I am currently in my sixth year of teaching and I love working with students and seeing how much they grow. I have a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education and really enjoy teaching reading. I am excited to join the Atlas Team and explore a new country!”

Preschool Teacher

Janelle Donofrio

Janelle Donofrio

Preschool Teacher
New York, USA

“I’ve worked in the educational setting for about 6 years and will start my second year as a lead teacher at Atlas. I am excited to start this journey and grow professionally alongside this growing program! I love reading, laughing, and traveling to see new places, faces, and cultures. I have lived abroad twice before (Santiago de Chile & Madrid), which gave me the temptation to take on this new adventure in Estepona! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces in the classroom, see you soon!”

CEOPreschool Coordinator/KG3 Teacher

Mandy Flowers

Mandy Flowers

Preschool Coordinator/KG3 Teacher
Texas, USA

“I’m a passionate educator who believes in the development of the whole child. I have come to Atlas to help create an amazing early years experience for the students, and also so my own family can join a great international community”

Spanish History and Geography Teacher

Carlos Gallego

Carlos Gallego
Spanish History and Geography Teacher
Madrid, España
 
“After a long time living in Madrid, I´m very excited to join the Atlas team and continue growing as a teacher in Estepona. I like to read, draw and paint. Also, I love sports and of course, History.”
 
Spanish Language Teacher & Spanish as a Foreign Language Teacher

María González Acedo

María González Acedo

Spanish Language Teacher & Spanish as a Foreign Language Teacher
Cáceres, España

“I am so happy to join the ATLAS team and start this amazing new project. I am dedicated, skilled, and passionate about teaching with years of experience working with children and teachers in a diverse multicultural learning environment. As Aristotle said ¨Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” and this is the reason why I enjoy working with the IB curriculum. I am so ready to start this new adventure.”

Elementary School Teacher

Allison Gross

Allison Gross
Elementary School Teacher
Illinois, USA
 
“I am a lifelong learner with 6 years of experience as an ESL, Bilingual and Elementary educator. I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, sports, and practicing foreign languages. I hope to inspire students of all backgrounds to be great leaders and become positive wave makers in any community. I’m thrilled to be a part of a growing ATLAS family and leadership team!”
Elementary School Teacher

Kathleen Jones

Kathleen Jones
Elementary School Teacher
Boston, USA
 
“Atlas is an exciting opportunity for me to teach at an American school, in an international setting.  I am originally from Boston and spent 12 years teaching in New York.  Ten years ago, I took the quantum leap to move to Spain where I currently reside with my family.  I have been an educator here for years in different school settings (International/British/Cultural Exchange).  I am proud to now become a part of the Atlas community of teachers, students, staff and families from around the world.”
Spanish Language Teacher

Noor Kara

Noor Kara

P.E. Teacher
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“I was born and raised in Canada and came to Spain to further my education as well as gain international teaching experience. I have been teaching for 8 years and have a strong passion for learning through physical activity. I am looking forward to teaching at Atlas American School and introducing our fun and engaging P.E. program”

Middle School Science

Brian Kinsella

Brian Kinsella

Middle School Science
Washington State, USA

“I am joining Atlas after six years of teaching middle school science and electronic music production at Nisqually Middle School in Lacey, WA. I’m excited to help build a professional learning community from the ground up! I am coming to Spain from Olympia, Washington, along with my wife Nelly, my daughter Marina (who will be attending preschool at Atlas!), and our dog Arrow.”

Preschool Teacher

Gina Macaluso

Gina Macaluso

Preschool Teacher
New York, USA

“I am extremely excited to return to the south of Spain to work at Atlas American School and have the beach at my fingertips! The new facility is incredible, and I can’t wait to be part of the school’s new community and help facilitate its growth and success.”

High School Math Teacher

Andrew Matlack

Andrew Matlack

High School Math Teacher
Connecticut, USA.

“My wife, Marley Matlack, and I are joining the Atlas team while we are on sabbatical from our jobs as boarding school administrators at the Loomis Chaffee School. We know the Aquinas Schools by reputation and are thrilled to be joining the Atlas team helping create a new school with an excellent culture.”

History Teacher

Grace McClintic

Grace McClintic

History Teacher
Washington D.C, USA

“I have been living in Spain for almost a decade. I am an avid reader and love to study just about anything. I am very active and relish the opportunity to be outdoors doing a multitude of activities and sports. I am very happy to have this opportunity to form a part of the Atlas family and can’t wait to get my students as interested in history as I am!”

Elementary School Teacher

Katherine Norkus

Katherine Norkus

Elementary School Teacher
California, USA

“Hello! I am Katie Norkus and I am going into my 8th year of teaching. I love reading, hiking and the sun. I am coming to Atlas to pursue my dream of teaching and living abroad!”

School Nurse

Rebecca Pulido

Rebecca Pulido

School Nurse
Marbella, Spain

“I am very excited to take part in the new Atlas School project and be a part of the team building a new school in a part of the world that I hold close to my heart. As the school Nurse, my goal is to help all students to prevent, detect and solve their health problems.
I am from Marbella but I have been fortunate to travel and live in various parts of the world – most recently living in Miami working with children and knowing that this is what I love and know I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Elementary teacher

Heather Reed

Heather Reed

Elementary Teacher
Idaho, USA

“I have been teaching elementary school for seven years and I love my job! I enjoy getting to know my students and challenging them to be the best that they can be. I am so excited to be a part of ATLAS! I look forward to teaching a diverse group of students while living in and exploring a beautiful country.”

English Language Arts Teacher, English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Danielle Amber

Danielle Amber Takeshita

English Language Arts Teacher, English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Hawaii, USA

“I’m really excited to be joining the Atlas crew in Malaga and being a part of this exciting, new campus. I’ve been teaching in Asia for 6 years and I’m thrilled to learn more about Spain while being a part of a growing program.”

Math and History Teacher

Richard Turmin

Richard Turmin

Math and History Teacher
Hawaii, USA

“I am excited to join the Atlas team during the coming school year and looking forward to learning and growing with everyone in the Atlas community.  I have been a teacher for about 12 years, and love teaching Mathematics and History.  I cannot wait to meet everyone and start on this new and exciting journey!”

Language Arts Teacher

Gabriella Ubilla

Gabriella Ubilla

Language Arts Teacher
Virginia, USA

“I’m very excited to join the new ATLAS team. I have lived in Spain for 6 years. I love to read, run, and play trivia. One of my favorite books is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ichiguro. I also love all things nerdy (ask me about Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Marvel!). I’m looking forward to meeting you in the fall.”

Visual Arts Teacher

Andrea Welsh

Andrea Welsh
Teacher of Visual Arts 
Scottish (Glasgow)
 

“I moved to Spain three years ago with my husband and our rescue dog, Heidi, and I feel very lucky to live right next to the beautiful Mediterranean. I look forward to welcoming our new families and creating a truly internationally-minded community here in charming Estepona. I have been teaching art and design for over six years with experience in both the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and the International Baccalaureate. I am excited to be teaching Visual Art at ATLAS and creating a vibrant art department for our students to enjoy and express themselves”.