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Meet our Lower Division Teachers

By February 1, 2019 October 10th, 2019 No Comments

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.

Here are our Preschool and Infant 1 & 2 teachers.  You can meet our upper division and middle division teachers here.

Thank you Wende Dwyer-Johnsen of All Saints Episcopal Church in Forth Worth, Texas for using your photography skills to take these incredible photos

Preschool

Ms. Albina Morales

Ms. Albina Moralez brings a lifetime of teaching experience to Holy Cross, with over 40 years of experience teaching primary school in her hometown of Progresso in Corozal. She is in her third year at Holy Cross and teaches our preschool class.

Ms. Albina chose teaching because she loves to be around children, a passion that has continued to this day. She is a strong believer in a quiet, focused classroom and that every student should do their best at whatever they are doing.

Ms. Albina holds a Teacher’s Diploma.

Ms. Jackelien Vasquez

Ms. Jackelien Vasquez is beginning her second year as a teacher’s assistant in the Preschool. She loves to be around children and loves how the children are always bringing something new to the class and can make her laugh.

Ms. Jackelien is a graduate of Holy Cross and completed High School through our scholarship program. She has completed her final year of Junior College at night school, and she now plans to study Preschool Education online.

Infant 1

Ms. Elsy Witty

Ms. Elsy is originally from Corozal and has taught at Holy Cross since our doors first opened 14 years ago.  Holy Cross was her first teaching job and she has always taught our youngest students in Infant 1 and 2.

Ms. Elsy had always wanted to be a teacher after being inspired by her teachers when she was in primary school.  Although she had two children during her late teenage years at high school, she persisted in her dream, finishing high school, becoming qualified as a Teacher’s Aid and beginning her teaching career.

For Ms. Elsy it’s her passion for education and her love of children that inspires her to continue teaching.  And although her students are young, she says you never know how your actions will touch them.  Recently a young man in his 20’s came by her home saying “Do you remember me?  You used to bring peanut butter and bread to school so I could eat. I’ve never forgotten that.”  He’s now studying to be an electrician.  Another grown student, now a chef, approached her at the park saying “I remember when my socks and shoes were ruined and you game me new socks and shoes.”

Ms. Elsy volunteers at Hope Haven twice a week, feeding families of low income. “I have a passion to serve others. When you give to others, God blesses you with a lot more.”

“I have been a single mom for my 4 children and God has opened many doors for me to support and send them through school. One of my daughters is studying Business Law, the other is doing her Bachelor’s in Education. My two sons are in High School and Standard 6. I am very grateful for the blessing my Heavenly Father has granted me, and want to thank those who trusted and believed in me.”

Ms. Elsy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and plans to teach for many years to come.

Infant 2

Mr. Daniel Flores

Originally from Orange Walk, Mr. Daniel Flores has taught for two years in Belmopan and is teaching for his fourth year at Holy Cross. He has taught students in middle and infant division and enjoys the different challenges and rewards each level brings.

Mr. Daniel chose Primary Education in his 6th form year at Junior College following his parent’s suggestion. He was originally skeptical, but quickly became interested in the role and his first classroom teaching experiences convinced him he’d made the right choice.

Mr. Daniel loves to see how children learn and has extra patience for the children who are troublemakers, as so often these children can turn around when they know they have an adult who cares about them. He recalls when he taught a student who had performed very poorly for the previous two years, but with encouragement and support scored in the top 10 that year, and continued to improve the following years.

Mr. Daniel currently holds an Associate’s Degree in Primary Education.

Ms. Maribel Chan

Ms. Maribel Chan has 30 years of teaching experience, teaching children from preschool through to high school, at many different schools on the mainland, most recently at St Peter’s Anglican School.  2019 is her first year at Holy Cross.

Originally from Orange Walk, Ms. Maribel chose teaching as she loves children of all ages and is passionate about preparing children for real life. She enjoys using her drawing and craft skills and finds it a joy to see the students learn and build on their previous knowledge. Ms. Maribel holds a level 2 Certificate in Teaching

Ms. Diane Martinez

Ms. Diane is a hard working and dedicated teacher, always willing to walk an extra mile for the students in her class. She loves teaching Language Arts, especially phonics and reading. She writes her own fun stories for the students to read that emphasize the phonics skills they are learning in class.

Ms. Diane Martinez is originally from Orange Walk and is one of three teachers who have taught at Holy Cross since we first opened in 2006. She holds a Certificate in Primary Education from the University of Belize and an Associate’s Degree in General Science.