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Meet Our Staff

 We are proud to have a caring, educated staff who are excited about sharing their knowledge and the Spanish language with your children!

Ayodele Mellor | Program Director

Ayodele Mellor has been teaching Spanish in the Wilmington area for 14 years. She has a Bachelors Degree
in Spanish, a K-12 teaching license from UNC-Greensboro and in 2008 earned a NC Early Childhood Credential
to work with preschool-aged children.
She taught at Laney High School from 2003 – 2006 and after the birth of her son,
founded the popular Best Amigos Preschool Spanish Program which has educated over 400
preschool-aged children since 2007.  She is passionate about language immersion programs & enjoys immersion curriculum development.
She resides in Wilmington with her husband and children and in
her rare free time enjoys couponing, reading about historic America and traveling.

Diana Acosta | Lead Teacher Pre-Kindergarten 2 & Kindergarten

Diana Acosta is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. She came to the USA in 2012 to teach first grade with
the New Hanover County Schools Forest Hills Spanish immersion program. She has a bachelors in Psychology from Colombia and a Masters in Education from Buffalo State.
She will be working with our older preschool children and brings much enthusiasm and experience in the immersion environment
to our classroom. She loves cooking, dancing, salsa and swimming but
above all… teaching!

Pamela Villanueva | Assistant Pre-Kindergarten 2

Pamela Villanueva is originally from Acapulco, Mexico. Before moving to Wilmington in 2016, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in Puebla, Mexico. As an ESL student she can appreciate the importance of bilingual education. She truly believes that giving small children the opportunity to learn another language from a very young age, is an amazing tool and something that she is very proud to be part of.

Pam is loving, fun, responsible and hardworking. She enjoys going to the beach, cooking with her husband, reading a good book, traveling and getting to know and teach your wonderful children!

Monserrat Frederiksen | Lead Teacher Pre-Kindergarten 1

Monserrat Frederiksen is from Veracruz, Mexico. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in communication and advertising. She improved her English in the ESL program at both CFCC and UNCW.  She has been in interaction with children since she was younger, working part time as a babysitter and also providing them activities to aid their learning. She resides in Wilmington with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family, taking pictures, reading, art, music, crafting, learning history, listening to people, traveling, food, exercising, and making new friends. She is excited about the opportunity to work as an assistant with Wilmington Bilingual Preschool.

Patricia Aguilera Gonzalez Wooddell | Assistant Pre-Kindergarten 1 

Patty Wooddell is originally from Santiago, Chile. She studied accounting and has worked with New Hanover Parenting for Children caring for children at Voces Latinas. She has also taught Spanish for preschool-aged children for a year with the Best Amigos Preschool Spanish program. She has a son who is in the 3rd grade at Gregory International Immersion School and a rising kindergartener, Isabella, who attended our Wilmington Bilingual Preschool Pre-K program. We are happy to have her as a part of our team!

Edlín Bernal | Young Pre-K Teacher

Edlín Bernal is originally from Queretaro, Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 15 years old. She is married with two children, an 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter. She has enjoyed working as a volunteer at her children’s school and brings much creativity, enthusiasm and motherly patience to the classroom. She loves working with children and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to share her first language with our students. She is planning to enroll in Early Childhood Coursework at Cape Fear Community College in the fall of 2018 to further her studies professionally. She has always wanted to be a teacher and is excited to be a part of our school!

Sandy Fuentes | Young Pre-K Assistant

Sandibel Fuentes (Sandy for short) was born in San Luis San Pedro, Guerrero, Mexico. She has been in the United States since the age of two. She was raised in California and Oregon and now lives in Wilmington, NC. She is happily married to an amazing husband and has two beautiful children ages 5 and 3. She was a substitute at Wilmington Bilingual Preschool for 2018-2019 and knows many of our children well. She also helped at our annual Dia de los Muertos festival, preparing a special drink (atole). She is very thankful to be in an environment where our sole purpose is to teach children Spanish and she hopes they will continue learning Spanish or even multiple languages one day. She loves to help out as much as she can and enjoys learning about other cultures, making crafts, dancing, cooking and having a good time!

Edelmira (Miry) Rojo | Toddler Teacher

    

Miry Rojo is originally from Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico. She graduated with a degree in business administration and moved here in 2015 when her husband was
transferred from his job. She began working as a babysitter and later as a preschool assistant in Hampstead. She loves to work with children, especially toddlers and
she is so excited to teach her first language to our younger preschool students.
She enjoys being a mommy, playing with and cooking for her three children. Her pleasant voice and friendly personality make her well-loved by our 1 & 2 year old students.

Mayra Gonzalez | Toddler Assistant

Mayra Gonzalez is originally from Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico. She came to the United States when she was 11 years old. She has always loved children and now has two beautiful princesses, one of whom just started kindergarten and the other who attends Wilmington Bilingual Preschool’s Pre-K 1 class. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work with our toddlers and believes that expanding their minds with a second language is priceless. She is a people-person and in her free time she likes spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Heidi Cruz | School Assistant & Floater

Heidi Cruz was born in  Chicago, Illinois from parents who are from Mexico.  As a child she learned Spanish in her home and English at school. She grew up with both languages, which she believes was a blessing. She was home-schooled until 10th grade in high school then graduated with her GED.  From childhood she has loved helping children and has worked locally as a babysitter.  Her favorite hobbies include ice skating, fishing, playing with her three pets, and spending time with her husband.

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