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Management Team

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Elvia Taylor is the CEO and founder of Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. In 2001 she started offering English and Spanish classes and, because of her love for children, Elvia implemented a language preschool for kids in 2006. Initially, the preschool only offered Spanish, but it has grown to offer English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Elvia is committed to quality education and believes in the importance of multi-lingual children in today’s global community.

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Zeina Saleh is Director for Crossing Borders Preschool at our Rice Village location. She is trilingual in English, French, and Arabic. She earned her Master’s degree in Research in Educational Sciences from the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. She started working for Crossing Borders in August, 2014 as the French teacher and was promoted to Director in August, 2015. During her 10 years as an educator, Zeina has taught French, math, and science. Zeina believes deeply in the importance of foreign language learning. Her main objective is ensuring every child successfully learns to speak their new language while enjoying a safe and nurturing environment.

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Carmen Campos is the Operations Support Specialist for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Carmen started working for Crossing Borders in 2012 and was promoted to Operations Support Specialist in June 2015. She believes that learning a foreign language at an early age is an essential part of a child’s education and development. Her goal is to prepare Crossing Borders’ children to successfully live and work in a globalized world.

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Maria Elena Diaz is the Academic Specialist for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Pedagogy from Universidad Valle Continental in Monterrey, Mexico, and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Maria Elena started working for Crossing Borders Preschool as a Kindergarten teacher in February 2013 and was promoted to Academic Specialist in August 2015. She has a passion for teaching and loves the diversity of the students at Crossing Borders.

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Toddler Teachers

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Monica Cortez is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She studied at Universidad de El Salvador and currently she is working towards her Childhood Development Associate Credential. Monica started working for Crossing Borders as school aide in 2013 and was promoted to Spanish Teacher for Toddlers in 2016. She loves the opportunity that working with children allows her to be part of their future success.

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Joselyn Cardona is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in Education. Joselyn started working for Crossing Borders as a school aide in February 2016 and was promoted to Spanish Teacher for Toddlers in January 2017. She loves working with children and has a deep passion and dedication for teaching. She is always amazed discovering each student’s personality and seeing how they learn.

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Gladys Sandoval is an English Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is currently working towards her Childhood Development Associate Credential. Gladys started working for Crossing Borders as a school aide in January 2015 and was promoted to English Teacher in September 2015. Gladys enjoy teaching her students and promotes a loving, caring, and fun environment in her classroom.

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Gladys Marcucci is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. With more than 30 years of teaching experience, Gladys started working for Crossing Borders in August 2014. She loves working with children and enjoys the opportunity to influence their early learning years and to contribute for their future academic success.

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Jennifer Herrera is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned an Associate’s degree in Education from Houston Community College. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Houston. Jennifer started working for Crossing Borders in October 2016 as a teacher aide and was promoted to Spanish Teacher in January 2017. She wants to ensure that children enjoy learning Spanish in a comfortable and fun environment.

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Preschool Teachers

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Seidy Lozano is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has an Associate’s Degree as Educational Assistant. She Started working for Crossing Borders in August 2014 as a teacher’s aide and was promoted to Spanish Teacher in August 2015. Seidy believes that there is no better job than teaching children because each day brings new amazement and adventure for them.

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Cristi Panza is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is a bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned a Child Development Associate accreditation through Montgomery College of Maryland and also a certification in Multiple Intelligence in Early Childhood. Cristi joined Crossing Borders in September 2016. She loves how children use their imagination to transform their environment from a big space rocket to a huge Pokémon machine. Her passion for teaching pushes her to always find a way to show them that they can be smart in many areas.

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Liliana Andrade is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the California State University. She is currently working towards her Texas Teacher Certification. Liliana started working for Crossing Borders in August 2014 as a teacher aide and was promoted to Spanish Teacher in August 2015. She considers the field of education to be a path to fulfillment in her life. She loves teaching and sharing her knowledge of the Spanish language and culture with her students.

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Dora Guerra is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and her Master’s degree in Education from Instituto Universitario del Centro de Mexico. Dora started working for Crossing Borders in January 2015. She believes teaching children is an amazing experience and enjoys watching their progress as they discover the world through the Spanish language. She says that children are full of intellectual curiosity.

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Nikkie Grullon is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education at Lehman College in New York. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Bilingual Education at Houston Baptist University. Nikkie started working for Crossing Borders in August 2016. She believes that each child should be valued and treated with respect. Her personal belief is that education should empower a child to make a great contribution to the world.

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Naoual Dyb is our French Teacher at Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is trilingual in English, French, and Arabic. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature from Iben Tofail Univeristy in Morocco. Naoual started working as a teacher’s aide in August 2016 and was promoted to French Teacher in January 2017. She is thrilled to be teaching French to her students. She believes that every child is unique and wants to inspire each of them to reach their maximum potential.

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Qing Sui-Turner is our Mandarin Chinese Teacher at Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Shenyang Music College and Dongbei Normal University in China. With more than 9 years of experience teaching preschoolers, Qing started working for Crossing Borders in August 2011. She loves teaching children and watching their progress in the Mandarin Chinese language.

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Danielle Smith is an English Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas Southern University with a minor in Child Family Development. Danielle started working for Crossing Borders in September 2015. She eagerly looks forward to teach English to children from all over the world. She loves to enrich their lives with cultural diversity.

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