Meet our Teachers

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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 International Preschool. 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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Gidelys “Gidy” Rodriguez is the Customer Service/Enrollment & Social Media Specialist for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish from Sam Houston State University. She believes in the importance of language learning at an early age and is committed to advertise Crossing Borders’ message.

Coralie Colon is the Assistant Director at Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She earned her Associates Degree in Office Administration from the University College of San Juan in Puerto Rico. She started working for Crossing Borders in August 2015 as a Teacher Aide and got promoted to Assistant Director in January 2016. She believes that children should have the opportunity to learn multiple languages to ensure that they have many prospects in their future.

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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.

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 enjoys 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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Ms. Isabel Pretel is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool and has been working with Crossing Borders since February. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, she studied drafting design at Houston Community College, and she is currently working towards her CDAC. She truly adores children. Her focus is ensuring the safety of the children, and that they are in an environment where they can flourish and succeed. We are happy to have her teaching here at our school.

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Jennifer Herrera is a Spanish Teacher for Crossing Borders International Preschool. She is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Sign Language. 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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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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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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Ms. Noel 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 University in Morocco. Ms. Noel 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 language and learning activities.

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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