- Tia Yvonne
Yvonne Gonzalez, is an artist from Chile. She soon discovered that she has natural abilities with children and started working at Thompson St. Playgroup, in Soho NYC at 1995 Yvonne was the Head Teacher/ Director at Thompson St Playgroup for about 10 years before leaving to start her own school in 2005. Due to popularity and demand, Mi Escuelita opened another location (#2) a year later. Overall Yvonne had over 20 years of experiences in working with children and developing a curriculum that is based on language, arts, sciences, social interaction, and nature/environment.
- Tia Luz
Luz is a bilingual Colombian American who loves making an impact on children everyday. After over a decade of working in a classroom setting, her passion continues to grow immensely as she acquires limitless experience. She thrives on being a important piece of the Mi Escuelita family. Daily creating the best possible learning environment for all the Little Ones is her ultimate goal in the classroom.
- Tio Diego (Yoga)
Diego is a teacher motivated by painting, theater, tai chi, yoga, sport, philosophy and nature. He has been implementing his acting skills with children for 11 years. He was born in Chile and studied in Acting and Pedagogical Theatre in the Universidad Catolica de Chile. One of his main goals is to awake the talents and tools of each individual child.
- Tia Gabriela
Gabriela Alvarez Castañeda. Originally from Guatemala starts teaching ballet in 2004 instructed by Reyna Silva in the methodology for Formal and Non-Formal Classic Dance developed by Tulio de la Rosa. Her professional performing experience includes classic, folk and contemporary dance. she co-created a Certificate Program in Performing Arts and confounded an Association for Research and Education of Performing Arts with an interdisciplinary group of artists in Guatemala. In New York since 2011 she has attended teaching trainings at the National Dance Institute NDI, and the Dance Education Laboratory, DEL. She is performing with Coopdanza Inc, directed by Cristina Cortes and Latin American Folk Dance Mestizo Dance Company directed by Armando Moreno. She has also collaborated as producer and choreographer with Tabula RaSa NYC Theater and Performance Lab directed by Ramiro Sandoval and as Assistant Director and Stage Manager for ID Studio Theater Directed by German Jaramillo. She has teached the courses Hablando y Bailando (speaking and dancing) and Cultural Latin Dance for Ballet Hispanico in the Adventures in Dance Program. She is currently teaching Spanish at Mi Ático Spanish Immersion Program and Lango Kids School. At the Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center she is teaching Creative Movement and developing a curriculum for World Dance and Latin American Dance. There, she is also responsible for two residencies at PS 84 and PS 110 in Brooklyn for after school dance programs. She is pursuing a BA/MA in Dance Education at Hunter College in New York.
- Tio Austin (Rhythm & Movement)
Austin Purnell is a Brooklyn-based artist who has been working with children and the arts since 2004. He comes from a family of educators and musicians, and holds a B.A. in Music and Theater from Wesleyan University, and an MFA from NYU-Tisch Graduate Acting, and has worked as an acting coach on two Oscar-winning films. He is interested in how music, movement, and design can aid with the development of kinesthetic awareness and enrich self-expression. He is very happy to join the Mi Escuelita family!