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Our Staff

Meet the team of La Escuelita. These hard working people help make up our community!


Saray Gamez

School Director

Saray is from Costa Rica and came to the USA when she was sixteen years old. She's a mother of two precious children. She has been serving and directing her church for almost 5 years. Saray loves to work serving the community and is passionate about working with children, which she has been doing for several years.


Anabel Berriozabal


Anabel was born and raised in Mexico where she started to care for children of all ages and has continued for over 20 years. With four children of her own, including one with special needs, she has continued her education in child development. Anabel began working with La Escuelita in 2017.


Julie Estrada


Julie has served as a substitute Spanish teacher, childcare worker and room parent for several schools and organizations over the years. She received her Associate's Degree from Colegio Ciencias Comerciales, a  college in Guatemala. Her true passion is working with children!


Patricia Huerta 

Assistant and Substitute

Patricia is new at San Marcos this 2023-2024 school year. She has had experience with kids in the past, and we are very excited to have her this upcoming year!


Carol Monaco

Weekly Community Reader

Ms. Carol has been a weekly volunteer at San Marcos for several years, even during virtual school, where she would lead Zoom meetings with the children. Whether it has been tutoring online or reading to the children in person, Ms. Carol has been dedicated not only to our students but students from other schools as well. She is a member of North Mecklenburg Woman's Club. 




Perry Chapman

Weekly Volunteer & Tutor

Mr. Perry has been with Escuelita since 2020 as a weekly volunteer. Whether it's developing his own slideshows in order to tutor children, helping the students paint, installing playground equipment or teaching the kids how to play tennis - Mr. Perry truly does it all! Perry spent many years in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. 


Amber McFern

Assistant and Substitute

Ms. McFern recently joined La Escuelita! 


Board of Directors

These are the dedicated men and women who oversee the vision, direction and organizational strategies of La Escuelita San Marcos:

Courtney Hammock, Board Chair

MTSS Coordinator, CMS


Peter Macon

President, Peter Macon & Assoc.

Lacy Hamilton, Treasurer

Retired, Duke Energy IT


Mike Tinsley

Architect, HDR

Judy Hill, Community Outreach

Retired, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC

Lennin Caro

Research Assistant, Camino Research Institute

Neferterra Estrada Best

Entrepreneur, CCO of PridePR, VP of Integrated Communications, CMRignite


Kathy Joan

Retired Teacher, Miami-Dade Co.

Ashley Lynn

Academic Advisor

Ex Oficio: 

Rev. Father Garry Edwards, St. Mark's Episcopal Church

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