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. Shajaira Cob
Originally from Belmopan, Ms. Shajaira is in her second year teaching, with Holy Cross being her first teaching job. She chose teaching as she loves helping children. She loves teaching in the lower grades as she firmly believes that if you want to change the world you need you start by supporting children when they’re still very young.
Ms. Shajaira holds an Associate’s Degree in English and is in the final stages of completing an Associate’s Degree in Primary Education.
Ms. Navid Castellanos
Ms. Navid is from Orange Walk Town. She is her first year of teaching, after working a variety of other jobs, and is with us for a few months covering long service leave. She has always wanted to teach and loves interacting with the students.
Ms. Navid holds an Associate’s Degree in Biology and holds a provisional teaching license (a program that allows suitably qualified individuals to teach for a limited number of years while working towards their teaching qualification).
Ms. Delvi Flores
Ms. Delvi Flores is in her 9th year teaching at Holy Cross and has taught at all levels from Infant 2 to High School. Originally from Orange Walk, Ms. Delvi says that her teaching career began when “Teaching found me.” She had just graduated from Junior College with an Associate’s Degree in Sociology when she heard that a teaching job was available at her old high school. Ms. Delvi applied and was accepted. She went from being a student in May to a teacher in August.
Ms. Delvi has an instinctive grasp of teaching and loves to see the children grasp and apply new knowledge. She particularly enjoys teaching in the upper division as it’s a crucial age for students and she can help mold them into the adults they will become.
Ms. Delvi says her best time teaching was when she had the same students two years in a row. “I really learned a lot a as person and as a teacher. I watched them grow and I grew with them as I learned new strategies to cope with their changes.”
Over the last 4 years Ms. Delvi has upgraded her qualifications through online college and now holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
In her spare time Ms. Delvi enjoys writing poetry and hopes one day to publish her work. She reads poetry twice a week for a radio show in her home town and two of her pieces have been performed by Holy Cross students at various events.
Ms. Helen Melendez
Ms. Helen has taught at Holy Cross for 9 years. She is a long term resident of San Pedro and many years ago her younger sister and niece were among the earliest students to join Holy Cross. She chose teaching as she was looking for a stable career and was inspired to be a part of the Holy Cross family.
Over the last 4 years Ms. Helen has studied part time and now holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education. She hopes to continue her education in the future to obtain a Master’s Degree.
Ms. Helen enjoys meeting new students and molding their minds for the future and making a difference in their lives. She finds teaching most rewarding when she sees her former students doing well in life. The current preschool assistant and previous Miss San Pedro are both former students of hers.
Mr. Ayoni Esquiliano
Mr. Ayoni has taught for 7 years at Holy Cross School at all levels from Infant Division to Upper Division, and was our acting Vice Principal for 3 months.
Mr. Ayoni has always wanted to make a positive change in his community and chose teaching as he was inspired by his own teachers. He chose to teach in the Anglican School system, as felt they gave him so much during his own schooling.
As a teacher, Mr. Ayoni sees himself as a facilitator. When he steps in front of the students he forgets his own problems, instead connecting with the students and giving them everything he can to give them what they need to learn.
Mr. Ayoni is originally from Orange Walk and holds an Associate’s Degree in Primary Education.
Ms. Carol Virez
Originally from Punta Gorda, Ms. Carol has been teaching for 29 years. Both of her parents were teachers, so it was a natural choice for her. She loves teaching, especially seeing the students making discoveries for themselves.
Ms. Carol has taught at all levels, including High School, where she taught English. She has also taught for many years in the middle division of Primary School. She has a love for language and speaks 5 of the languages of Belize – Mopan Maya, Spanish, English, Creole and Garifuna.
Ms. Carol holds a Certificate in Primary Education and an Associate’s Degree in English.