Passionate educator, advocate of children, firm believer in Christ, over 28 years of valuable experience in the field of EDUCATION.
Mrs. Salcedo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Degree in Early Education, INTEC, and a Master’s Degree in Education, Framingham State College. She has assumed leadership positions in different school areas: Early Childhood Coordinator, Elementary Principal, Secondary Principal, Academic Director and Head of School, and recently completed the Leadership certification from ACSI. Mrs. Salcedo is knowledgeable in accreditation processes, participating actively as team leader member with the well known educational organizations COGNIA and ACSI, and is currently a college professor at UNIBE. She has also collaborated in teacher training programs for educators of public schools of DR including EDUCA PIPE, USAID LEER and in New Teachers Induction Programs.
Our Head of School collaboratively with the Leadership Team strives to achieve academic excellence, strong Christian belief and love for learning.
Felipe Aracena- Chief Finance and Administration Manager
Mr. Aracena has 31 years in the gospel, giving a visible testimony of faithfulness and a life consecrated to God. He earned his BA from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), and his MA of Specialized Senior Management in Finance from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC).
He has gained extensive administrative, technical, and financial expertise through his work as an executive in various organizations. His professional profile has been complemented with different courses and seminars related to: Leadership, strategies, Quality, Memorable Service, among others, and has extensive experience teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels
Rossy Báez- Academic Principal
My love for education started at an early age and it has certainly been a road of much learning and growing. I majored in Law at PUCMM, and have a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment from the Institute of Education of UCL, London. I have a little over 10 years of teaching experience in different levels and by God’s grace have been in School leadership for 5 years. I strongly believe the Lord has called us to serve Him wholeheartedly and I enjoy trying to do just that wherever He has placed me.
Jeidy Rivera- Early Childhood Education Coordinator
This is my fourth year here at MECS, but my first year as Early Childhood Coordinator and I can’t wait to see God working in your child’s lives and in ours! I have nine years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE. I am currently finishing my master´s degree in School Management at the Universidad Abierta Para Adultos (UAPA). I am also a certified infant neuropsychologist by NeuroPsicologia RD.
My passions are to help others grow, teach and talk about God, and spend time with my husband, son and daughter! I believe and pray that this is going to be an amazing year full of love, learning and growth with God’s strength! May the Lord be our guide and help us through this school year. May His presence and love surround us everyday. “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 6 :31
Daris Lara- Elementary Coordinator
I have more than 17 years of experience in the educational field. I majored in Bachelor of Market Administration at UNPHU. I have a Teacher Qualification (UCSD), a Differential Pedagogy Diploma, and I am currently doing a Pedagogical Coordination certification. I was a teacher for four years at MECS and this is my eight year as the Elementary Coordinator. I am passionate about teaching and I feel committed to continue serving the Lord, having an education of excellence, but above all by sowing His Word, which will transform lives that will impact all around them.
Theresa Blash- Secondary Coordinator
Education is my gift. Christian Education is my calling. I have held a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri – St. Louis since May 2012. I am a sinner saved by God’s grace and grateful that God ordered my steps and led me to MI-EL Christian School. In this, my fifth year as part of the MECS community, I am confident that the best time is now! When I am not at MECS, I enjoy worshiping, getting to know new places within the country, and spending time with my husband and baby girl!
Zenith Villadiego- Spiritual Coordinator
I am from Colombia, but God’s mercy and His plans brought me to this beautiful country almost 23 years ago. I have a degree in Preschool Education, Psychology and Theology. Additionally I have a specialization in Montessori Education and I have a Master’s Degree in Christian Education. Education is definitely my passion as well as serving the Lord. I have been part of MECS for 22 years, through which I have been a teacher in different grades and levels. Since the 2012-2013 school year I have had the privilege of serving in this place as Coordinator of the Spiritual Growth Area. I am very grateful and expectant for this new school year that begins. I have many plans for this year and I want to see what God will be doing in our MECS community.
Yokasta Mancebo- ESLE Coordinator
I am a daughter of God by His grace, a woman passionate about collaborating in the advancement of the kingdom of God through all the doors that God opens for us. I have served at MECS from the year 2012 as Spanish teacher in the Secondary level. For the past 34 years I have worked in the educational field not only as a profession but also in the church to which I belong to. I have completed two master’s degrees: Master’s in Pastoral Theology with the Latin American Theological College (FATELA) and Master’s in Christian Education with Indiana Wesleyan University. I have the privilege of serving you as Coordinator of the area of Lengua Española, Ciencias Sociales y Lenguas Extranjeras (French and Mandarin). We call our coordination ESLE. For me it is a joy to serve you.
Michelle Chalas- Curriculum/ After School Coordinator
I hold a B.A. in Education from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU) and a teaching certification (TKT) from Cambridge University of England. I have had the privilege of serving in the field of education for over 23 years. Throughout this time, I have had the opportunity to fulfill many academic roles, from being a classroom teacher to fulfilling different administrative roles within the academic area: Academic Coordinator, Academic Principal and Business Owner of an academic center. “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge” -Proverbs 12:1
I have the honor of being the Counselor from Nido to 1st grade. I studied School Psychology at the Universidad Católica of Santo Domingo. I have a postgraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at INTEC University, and a specialty in the Montessori Method endorsed by INTEC University. I have 29 years of experience in the education field. I am passionate about helping others and fulfilling on this earth the purpose that the Lord has for me.
Lunis Marmolejos- Secondary School Counselor
I hold a Bachelor Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Postgraduate in School Psychology, Diplomas in Family Counseling, Psychometric Assessments, Early Stimulation, Literacy and Child Abuse. I am Certified in Career Direct, and Speech and Family Rights. I have 25 years of experience, and 22 of them working at MI-EL Christian School. My mission is to accompany and guide students, teachers and families from 7th to 12th grade, through immediate assistance, adequate intervention and individual service, creating a sincere bond. I carry out my work with vocation, passion, respect, honesty, integrity, and above all love.
Noelia Comas- Elementary Counselor
I hold a Bachelor Degree in School Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and I am currently studying a Specialization in Inclusive Education for Social and Curricular Innovation. I have worked in the area of education for more than 6 years. My desire, under God’s guidance and continual assistance, is to significantly contribute to the integral growth of students, families, and teachers.
Raquel Gómez- LEAP Coordinator
I am a born again Christian, wife and mom, passionate about working for God’s kingdom by helping others. I have more than 15 years of experience in the field of education and psychology. I hold a Bachelor degree in Educational Psychology at UNIBE, a master degree in Family Therapy at UCSD and in Bilingual Education at Universidad Tecnológica TECH. My mission is to guide and provide personalized instruction for those students working below level in English through the Learning Assistance Program (LEAP). I pursue that the students in the program can achieve grade level skills in the English language through fun learning activities. It will be a pleasure for me to assist students, teachers and parents in this new journey.
I am a child of God, grateful for being part of the MECS family since March 2016. I majored in Social Communication with a minor in Public Relations at UASD. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Administration with a specialization in Digital Marketing from Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI), and an International Diploma in Leadership, Social Responsibility and Sustainability from Universidad Nacional Evangélica and Centro Regional Ecuménico de Asesoría y Servicio. I have 3 children enrolled at MECS.
Grace González- Human Resources Manager
I was born in a Christian home, was baptized at age 13, and in my early youth, I liked to go on mission trips. I hold a Master’s Degree in Talent Development and Human Resources, and an International Certification in Executive Coaching. Through the direction of God during the work I have done, I have had the pleasant experience of having more than 15 years in the HR area.