STAFF

We are proud to have a caring, educated staff who are excited about sharing their knowledge and the Spanish language with your children! All staff have completed NC Division of Childcare Background Checks & Fingerprinting & CPR/First Aid certification within 3 months of hire.

Ayodele Mellor | Program Director & Founder

Ayodele Mellor has been teaching Spanish in the Wilmington area since 2003. She attended Universidad Tec de Monterrey, Campus Cuernavaca in Morelia, Mexico and in 1999 was accepted into the NC Teaching fellows elite teacher prep program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. There, she earned a Bachelors Degree in Spanish along with her K-12 teaching license. In 2008 she earned a NC Early Childhood Credential to work with preschool-aged children.

She served as department chair of Spanish 1 and also taught Spanish 2 at Laney High School from 2003 – 2006. After the birth of her son,
she began working exclusively with preschool aged children. She founded the popular Best Amigos Preschool Spanish Program, which has educated over 400 children since 2007. She is passionate about language immersion programs & enjoys immersion curriculum development and creating unique learning experiences.

She resides in Wilmington with her husband and five children, ages 6 – 15, and in her rare free time enjoys couponing, reading about historic America and traveling.

PK1/2 Lead Teacher

Maestra Azucena is originally from Cajamarca, Peru. She studied Early Childhood Education there and has taught preschool age children in both Peru and Stamford, Connecticut. She began working with Wilmington Bilingual Preschool in June of 2021 and is an expert at creating unique games and educational activities for our students!

PK1/2 Assistant

Maestra Viviana is originally from Colombia, South America where she studied preschool education and graduated from the University de San Buenaventura in Cali, Colombia in 2009.  She currently resides in Wilmington with her husband and two sons. She has a passion for her profession and brings much patience and experience to the classroom. We are excited to work with her at our full time school!

Young Pre-K Lead Teacher

Maestra Karla is originally from Piura, Peru where she studied nursing. She moved to Wilmington in 2018 and began learning English at Cape Fear Community College. She has worked with the NC Pre-K program at Childcare Network and began working with Wilmington Bilingual Preschool in January of 2021. She is an adoring mother of two pre-teen children and believes that children are intelligent and have the ability to learn languages quickly.

Young Pre-K Assistant

Maestra Patty Lorena is originally from Ocotlan, Mexico where she worked for many years in logistics. She began working with Wilmington Bilingual Preschool in 2019 and her spunky and upbeat personality make her a favorite among our students and parents! She has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren and loves to teach, chat and play with children on their level.

Toddler Lead Teacher

Maestra Yesenia is originally from Rocky Point, NC. She is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Mixteco, which she learned from her parents who are from Oaxaca, Mexico. She graduated from Heidi Trask High School and began working with Wilmington Bilingual Preschool in 2020. She has a one-year old son who attends our school and has been a dedicated, loving and trustworthy teacher of our 1 & 2 year old students.

Toddler Assistant

Maestra Willvelys is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was a dedicated staff member of Forest Hills Elementary School since November of 2014. She began taking Early Childhood Classes at Brunswick Community College and started working with Wilmington Bilingual Preschool in the summer of 2021. She has two teenage children and her patient, sweet demeanor makes her perfect for working with our 1 & 2 year old students.

Office & Floating Staff Support

Maestra Nathalia is originally from Venezuela and came to the United States when she was 9 years old. As a child who had to learn English as a second language she understands and empathizes with the process of language acquisition that our students go through. She has worked in the NC public school system as a teacher assistant and also worked at Wilmington Bilingual Preschool in the summer of 2021. Her upbeat, energetic and hardworking personality make her a favorite among staff and families!

Floating Teacher & Afternoon PK1/2 Assistant

Maestra Stephanie is originally from Wilmington, NC. She learned Spanish from her parents, who are from Mexico. She graduated from Laney High School in 2019 and is currently attending Cape Fear Community College as a student in the Spanish interpreter program. She has worked as a babysitter, camp counselor with Centro Latino and was a part of the teacher cadets program in high school. She volunteered with Wilmington Bilingual Preschool in the fall of 2021 and her dependable, caring personality make her a great fit for our students!

Office Assistant & Floating Assistant

Maestra Monserrath is a junior at UNCW studying Child Psychology. Her parents are from Mexico and she grew up speaking both English and Spanish. As a child growing up in Wilmington she preferred English but as she got older recognized the value of being bilingual and made an effort to retain her Spanish. She enjoys working with children and understanding how they think. She has worked as a babysitter, private tutor and youth group leader. At UNCW she is active with the Centro Hispano and the UNCW Ritmo Latin Dance team, as she loves salsa dancing. We are happy to have her as a part of our team!

Alejandra H.  | Office Staff & Floating Teacher

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Rosana R. | Floating Teacher & Substitute

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