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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

Mrs. Saray is originally from Costa Rica and moved to the USA when she was 16 years old. She has been serving our school as a director for more than two years. Additionally, she has been directing her church for almost six years. She loves to work and is passionate about serving the community, especially working with children, which she has been doing for several years. Her extensive knowledge and dedication are what make the school so valuable.


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.


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. 


Zaza Burgdoff


Zaza originally from New York, has an Art  Education Major from SUNY Potsdam, over the course of her career, she has taught various age groups from elementary school up to College level, including English in South America

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Patricia Huerta 

Assistant and Substitute

Patricia is originally from Colombia, South America, where she practiced pediatric medicine for over 20 years. Her passion is working with children. She's also a nutritionist and a Zumba kids instructor. Patricia is a great addition to our Escuelita.


Amber McFern

Assistant and Substitute

Ms. McFernAmber has been a valuable team member at La Escuelita for two years. In addition to her work at the school, she has been actively volunteering for various organizations, including the Lions Club. Amber's passion for working with children is evident in the way she interacts with them. Her warm and friendly personality makes her a favorite among the kids. We are fortunate to have someone like Amber as a part of our school community.


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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