You’ve heard many stories about our students, but have you met our teachers? These incredible and hard working individuals do the hard work of instilling knowledge and enthusiasm and a love of learning into the 450 or so children at our school.
Ms. Melissa Blake
For Ms. Melissa Blake it was her children that lead her to teaching. Each day when her children came home from school she would re-teach them their lessons, finding different techniques in the process. She became more involved in their school, helping teachers with posters, helping in classrooms and eventually volunteering full time to see if teaching was a job she wanted to do. Ms. Melissa came to Holy Cross when her Principal recommended her as a temporary replacement while our Preschool Teacher was on maternity leave. She is now in her 6th year at Holy Cross, and holds a Certificate in Primary Education and Bachelors in Primary Education.
For Ms. Melissa being able to teach children to learn, think and make changes in their lives is what inspires her. “My life is fortunate because of my mother. I want to give the same opportunities to these children.” For her, teaching children to think critically about what they’re learning is as important as learning facts and skills.
Ms. Shaunne Elliott
Ms. Shaunne is originally from Orange Walk. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Primary Education and is in her second year teaching. She chose to become a teacher as she loves children. Ms. Shaunne loves seeing how children react when they understand something new, and seeing the excitement in her students’ faces when they get the correct answers.
Ms. Isela Jones
Ms. Isela Jones is originally from Orange Walk and has been teaching on and off for about 5 years. She holds a Certificate in Primary Education and has taught at Holy Cross for 3 years.
Ms. Isela is enjoys motivating students to do their best and loves teaching as it is a chance to express her creativity. One of her favorite parts of teaching is making the many colorful charts that decorate her walls.
Ms. Shajira Esquiliano
Originally from Orange Walk, Ms. Shajira is in her first year of teaching. She is finishing the final stage of her Associates in Primary Education and enjoys teaching. She chose teaching as she loves children and believes that as a teacher you have the opportunity to make a real difference one child at a time. She is the sister of Mr. Ayoni Esquiliano, who has taught at Holy Cross for many years.
Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Shajira studied accounting and worked three years as the manager of a small business. Now, as a teacher, she loves the opportunity to experience the world in a different way through her students.
Ms. Shontina Jones
Ms. Shontina is starting her first year teaching at Holy Cross, after hearing good things about the school from another teacher. She loves everything about teaching, especially seeing students’ excitement when they breakthrough and understand a new idea. She hopes to be an inspiration to her students and encourage them to never give up.
Ms. Shontina first began teaching part-time after high school, but took a break for a few years when the government changed the qualification requirements. She later rediscovered her love of teaching and jumped at the opportunity to return to the profession. She is now working full time at Holy Cross while completing the final stages of her Associates in Primary Education.
Ms. Zulma Valle
Ms. Zulma is one of our original teachers, and is passionate about helping children. She saw teaching as a great way to support children in a country where many other child services are unavailable.
Ms. Kimberly Lopez
Ms. Kimberly Lopez is in her second year teaching at Holy Cross. Originally from Orange Walk, she holds an Associate’s degree in Primary Education.
Ms. Kimberly chose teaching after being inspired by her own teachers. She loves seeing her students trying hard to reach their potential.