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 is originally from Oxford, North Carolina and 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 and in 2023 earned her level 2 Administrator’s Credential from NC Division of Child Development.

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 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 8-17, and in her rare free time enjoys riding her Elliptigo bike, reading about historic America and traveling.

Toddler Lead Teacher

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.

Young Pre-K Lead Teacher

Maestra Betina is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a bachelor degree in law and journalism studies from the Catholic University of Buenos Ares.

Betina loves languages and enjoys teaching them. Her native language is Spanish but she also speaks fluent French and English. She enjoys sharing knowledge with children, especially with her nieces and with her son who is bilingual and graduated from Wilmington Bilingual Preschool. She has been a part of our school since 2021, first as a volunteer, then as an assistant and in summer of 2023 as substitute lead teacher of Pre-K 1. Betina believes that bilingual education can only benefit a child’s development and she is excited about being a part of our team!

Older Young Pre-K Lead Teacher

Maestra Keila is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She came to the United States as an Au Pair, working to care for children and families in the Wilmington area for 2.5 years. She is creative, caring and always shows initiative and enthusiasm when working with young children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, trying out new restaurants and walking her dog. We are happy to have her on our team!

PK1 Lead Teacher

Maestra Azucena is originally from Cajamarca, Peru. She studied Early Childhood Education in Peru 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! In Spring of 2022 she earned her NC Early Childhood Credential from Haywood Community College. We are happy to have her as a part of our team!

PK2 Lead Teacher

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. In Spring of 2022 she earned her NC Early Childhood Credential from Haywood Community College. 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!

Toddler Assistant

Maestra Rosy is originally from Guatemala where she was a physical education teacher. She began working with WBPS in January of 2022 and has been a loved team member ever since! She is known for her upbeat, energetic personality and positive attitude with our students. Rosy is caring and reliable and our students and staff love having her there for them!

Young Pre-K Assistant

Mary C. is originally from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. She grew up an only child but completed her volunteer requirements working with children at a daycare. She studied Business Administration but always wanted to be a teacher. In her free time she enjoys reading and listening to podcasts. We are excited to have her on our teach this year!

Older Young Pre-K Assistant

Carolina C. is originally from Bogota, the capital of Colombia. She studied early childhood education and psychology and moved to the United States with her husband. Prior to joining our school she was a daycare teacher in Raleigh for over a year. She enjoys the process of watching a child develop and appreciate a love for learning. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, traveling and spending time with her family.

Pre-K 1 Assistant

Maestra Gaby is originally from Honduras where she studied education and worked as a teacher. She is patient, energetic and loves teaching our 3-4 year old students since the summer of 2022. She currently resides in Wilmington and has two children who are in elementary school.

PK2 Assistant

Michael C. is originally from Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela. He graduated from La Universidad Nueva Esparta with a degree in Business Administration and specialized in International Finances. In Venezuela he taught English class to first graders and he is proud to teach the students skills that will help serve them in the future. 

School Age

Maestra Noemi is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico but she grew up in Rocky Point, NC. Her parents are from Oaxaca, Mexico and she grew up in a bilingual household. She attended Heidi Trask High School and graduated from NC State University where she majored in International Studies and minored in non profits and political science. Her mother was a teacher in Mexico and she always dreamed of being a teacher and helping guide the new generation. In her free time she likes to travel, do art, dance and make desserts. She enjoys sharing Mexican culture with others and has helped our school with our annual Day of the Dead Festival. We enjoy having Maestra Noemi at our school!

Supervisor- Student/Staff Support

Maestra Alessandra Y. is originally from El Salvador. She came to the United States as a child and had to learn English, so she understands the process of learning a second language as a child. She currently resides in Wilmington with her son who also attends our preschool. She began working at WBPS in the summer of 2022 and everyone loves her calm nature and patience with our students!

Afternoon Toddlers Assistant

Maestra Edith is originally from Venezuela where she studied publicity and marketing at Universidad Jesus Enrique Losada de San Cristobal in the state of Tachira. From a young age she always loved art and in 1999 she received a university certificate in pure art and sculpture. She was a resource art teacher at an elementary school in Venezuela and enjoyed inspiring her students to express themselves through the medium of art. She currently lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband and two children, including a teenage daughter. In her free time she dedicates herself to what she loves most, including her Art Club where she teachers children and adults to paint. Edith appreciates and thanks all of our families and students for their trust in her each day!

Afternoon Toddlers Assistant & Floater

Maestra Lina has worked with both of our schools since March of 2023. She is originally from Charlotte, NC. She is currently a senior at UNCW majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Spanish. Her mother was a daycare director and she has worked with children since she was about 8 years old. When she was 15 she went on a mission trip to Nicaragua and that sparked her interest in Spanish language and culture. In her free time enjoys spending time with her dog and cat, going on hikes and trying to cook new foods. Her super energetic and enthusiastic personality make her a natural with our students!

Afternoon Floater

Maestra Lizbeth was born in Rocky Point, NC where she graduated from Heidi Trask High School. She grew up in a bilingual household as her parents are from Oaxaca, Mexico. She currently attends UNCW as a sophomore. She is majoring in social work and minoring in psychology. She would like to have a career in social work when she graduates. Her bubbly and positive personality make her a favorite among our support staff!

Floating Teacher/Student & Staff Support

Maestra Diana is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She studies nursing and graduated from Fudesa College in Bogota. In Colombia she worked as a nurse and also in an assisted living facility for the elderly. She resides in Wilmington with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys studying English with the goal of having better communication with those around her.

Floating Teacher

Maestra Sandra has been a part of our schools since 2022, initially helping as a substitute and later as an assistant teacher. She is originally from El Salvador and has previously worked in cleaning services for many years. She currently resides in Rocky Point with her husband and four children. She has one grandchild and enjoys teaching and sharing her culture and knowledge with our students. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, read and cook her specialty- pupusas, a traditional dish from El Salvador that she often sells to our teachers. We love her laid back personality and love how much she helps keep our school organized and clean. We are thankful for Maestra Sandra!

Floating Afternoon Assistant

Maestro Jovani is originally from Burgaw, NC. He was raised in a bilingual household, as his parents are from Mexico. He is currently attending UNCW as a freshman and majoring in computer science. Growing up he helped take care of his brothers and sisters as he is 7 years older than them. He has worked as a translator at a doctor’s office and looks forward to inspiring kids on their language journey!

Afternoon Pre-K 1 Teacher/Floater

Maestra Nakesha is originally from Southern California. She has been working with children in childcare centers since 2017, ranging from infants to school aged. She has an associates degree in early childhood and is currently studying interpreting both Spanish and American Sign Language at Cape Fear Community College. She has a very bubbly personality and enjoys helping children learn through play. In her free time likes traveling and exploring new places, going on walks, listening to music and reading.

Charles Mellor | Van Driver and Maintenance

Charles Mellor (a.k.a. Señor Charles) is originally from Southport, NC. He is the father of 5 awesome kids and co-owner of Wilmington Bilingual Preschool. He drives the summer camp van for our school age students and helps keep our students safe on their field trips. You may see him from time to time delivering water or on the weekends doing maintenance at our school.

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