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.
Onsite Director of Programs
Directora Cristina is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2019 with a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and Minor in Journalism.
Cristina has worked with children babysitting since she was fourteen. She worked with Wilmington Bilingual Preschool as a teacher support person during our 2019-2020 school year. She has also worked as a Teacher Assistant at a local childcare center and in New Hanover County Schools. Her love for children has grown from there. She loves seeing children learn new things and the excitement that it brings.
When she is not working, she likes to spend time with her boyfriend, family, and her Australian Shepherd. Also enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, spending time outdoors, and watching Disney movies.
Lead Teacher Pre-Kindergarten 2 & Kindergarten
Maestra Patty is originally from Santiago, Chile. She studied accounting and has taken early childhood classes at Cape Fear Community College. She worked with New Hanover Parenting for Children caring for children at Voces Latinas. She has also taught Spanish for preschool-aged children with our Best Amigos Preschool Spanish program since 2017. Patty supports language immersion education as she has two children who both attended Spanish immersion programs at Forest Hills and Gregory International. Patty is a dedicated teacher and brings many educational activities and experience to our classes!
Assistant Pre-K 2 & Afternoon School Teacher
Maestra Mery is from La Habana, Cuba. She graduated from the Universita of Quimica in 2004, studying industrial pharmacy. She worked in the Tropical Medical Investigation Institute (IPK) and arrived to Miami, Florida in 2015 where she lived and worked as a medical assistant and took early childhood courses. Mery has been a dedicated teacher with our program since 2019 and also has a son who attends our school. She is passionate about spending time with him and working with children. In her free time she enjoys sports and reading a good book.
Lead Teacher Pre-K 1
Maestra America is originally from Lima, Peru. She studied educación inicial (early childhood education) at Universidad Garcilazo de la Vega in Lima, Peru and later worked as a kindergarten assistant. She moved to New York City in 2005 and worked as an esthetician for 12 years. After the birth of her daughter, she and her husband wanted to move to a quiet place to raise a family and settled in Wilmington to focus on teaching and raising her daughter. When her daughter began school in Fall 2020, she very eagerly began working with WBPS. America brings much creativity and excitement to her classes and she believes that children learn best through play.
Assistant Pre-K 1
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 also attends Wilmington Bilingual Preschool. She has been volunteering with the Pre-K 1 class since fall 2021. Betina believes that bilingual education can only benefit a child’s development and she is excited about being a part of our team!
Lead Teacher Young Pre-K
Maestra Suzy is originally from La Habana, Cuba. She graduated from the University of La Habana in 2002 and studied Accounting and Business. She moved to the US and first lived in Miami, Florida where she took care of infants from 6 months to 24 months old. She has been married for over 20 years and has a daughter who attends UNC-Wilmington. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She believes that children are a treasure and enjoys sharing the Spanish language with them. Suzy has been a part of our team since 2019 and is a very loved teacher here!
Young Pre-K Assistant
Maestra Wendy is originally from San Isidro del General, Costa Rica. Wendy lives in Wilmington with her husband and son, who also attended our school and now attends Gregory International School in downtown Wilmington. While in Costa Rica Wendy worked as a nanny, a babysitter and here locally at her church nursery for four years. She has been a substitute at our school since 2019. Wendy enjoys cooking, exercising, reading, going to the beach, and working with kids. She is CPR/First Aid certified and has her completed NC Childcare Background Check/Fingerprinting. She is loved for her hardworking, reliable and caring personality and we love having her as a part of our school!
Toddler Lead Teacher
Maestra Miry 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 with toddlers and she is so excited to teach her first language to our younger preschool students. Above all Miry enjoys being a mommy, playing with and cooking for her three children. Her pleasant voice and friendly personality has made her well-loved by our 1 & 2 year old students since 2017!
Maestra Silvania is originally from the Dominican Republic where she studied at Colegio Ana Delia Jorge and was owner of a clothing store. She now lives in Wilmington and is married and loves being a mom to her twin boys, who are nine years old. In her free time she enjoys cooking and cleaning. She is very patient, energetic and enthused to be teaching Spanish and helping take care of and love on our toddler students!
Summer Intern and Floating Teacher
Susan Lima is a rising sophomore at the University of Charlotte. She was born in Wilmington, NC but learned Spanish from her parents who are from Veracruz, Mexico. Susan speaks both Spanish and English and is studying to be a teacher. In the past she has worked at Chick Fil A for 3 years and also as a babysitter. She is the oldest of her siblings and always took care of them growing up. She wants to be a teacher because she enjoys helping children and watching them grow. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family, friends and dog, Dexter. We are happy to have her helping at our school this summer!
Summer Intern and Floating Teacher
Itzel Cuevas is a rising junior at the University of Miami. She is originally from Cuernavaca, Mexico but since her mother is Puerto Rican and her father is Mexican, she has also lived in Puerto Rico and in the United States. She studied at UNCW for two years and then transferred to the University of Miami to take advantage of their excellent psychology program. She has worked with elementary and middle school students and in Miami she worked in a research lab that focused on language development in children so she visited and observed in many preschools. In her free time she enjoys taking walks, photography, reading (she’s currently reading the Dragon Republic) and spending time with friends and family. We are excited to have her with us this summer!
Mollie M. is a rising 4th grader and has attended WBPS since she was 4 years old. She is an honor student loves helping at her school and also helping at WBPS. In her free time she enjoys doing art, jumping on her trampoline and helping take care of her little brother (and sometimes her big brothers!)
Zoe M. is a rising 8th grader and sister to 4 siblings. She has been learning Spanish since she was 4 years old. She plays the viola in the orchestra and is an honor student at Trask Middle school. In her free time she enjoys playing with her two cats, Midnight and Luna. She wants to be a pediatric dentist when she grows up. She’s excited to be helping in the toddler room this summer!
Marlee K. is a rising 7th grader. She has been going to the WBPS summer camp for about 3 years and enjoys learning Spanish while having fun! She has 6 siblings and loves to take care of her younger siblings. They are constantly playing dress up or painting their nails together. Marlee is on the A honor roll at school and in her free time loves to do gymnastics and tumbling. Marlee would love to be a massage therapist when she grows up.
Staff Support and Floating Teacher
Maestra Mayra is originally from Wilmington, NC. She learned Spanish from her parents, who are from Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. She graduated from North Brunswick High School and from Cape Fear Community College, where she studied to be an esthetician. Since she was a teenager she has enjoyed working with children. She was a babysitter and also worked at a children’s clothing store, where she helped put on events for families. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach and to local parks with her children, ages 8 and 4. As a person who grew up bilingual and bicultural, she believes in the power of second language education!
Charles Mellor | Van Driver and Maintenance
Charles Mellor is the father of 5 awesome kids and co-owner of Wilmington Bilingual Preschool. He is looking forward to driving the summer camp van this year and helping supervise our campers, including his two daughters Zoe (12) and Mollie (8) who are also very excited about participating in this year’s camp activities!
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