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Meet our Staff

Rochelle Nwosu
Principal
Phone
(781) 314-5701
Bio
Rochelle Nwosu es la orgullosa Directora de la Escuela de Lenguaje Dual. Rochelle trabajó como maestra de ESL, gerente de reclutamiento y directora en las Escuelas Públicas de Boston. Fue becaria de la Academia de Liderazgo Lynch de Boston College. Durante ese tiempo ella trabajó en la Escuela Hurley, una escuela bilingüe en Boston. A Rochelle le encanta trabajar en Waltham y servir a la comunidad de Lenguaje Dual. Se siente afortunada de trabajar junta a miembros excepcionales de la facultad, miembros de la comunidad y familias para garantizar que todos los estudiantes reciban una educación excelente y equitativa.

Rochelle Nwosu is the very proud Principal of the Dual Language School. Rochelle worked as an ESL teacher, recruitment manager and principal in the Boston Public Schools. She was a Boston College Lynch Leadership Academy fellow. During that time she worked at the Hurley School, a dual language school in Boston. Rochelle loves working in Waltham and serving the Dual Language community. She feels lucky to work alongside exceptional faculty members, community members, and families to ensure that all students receive an excellent, equitable education.
Maria Vaquerano
School Secretary
Phone
(781) 314-5701
Joan Kelly
School Nurse
Phone
(781) 314-5703
Bio
Joan Kelly was born and raised in Waltham and is delighted to be working back in her home town. She has two grown daughters and a teenage son. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and skiing with her family.
Sandra Quesada
Kindergarten Teacher
Sandra Vasquez
Kindergarten Teacher
Bio
Nací en Cali Colombia y emigré a Estados Unidos con mi mamá los seis años de edad. Me crié en Boston en la arena de Fenway. Estoy casada y soy madre de dos maravillosos jóvenes adolescentes. Antes de trabajar en la escuela de Lenguaje Dual enseñé en Colombia, Vancouver, la Escuela Americana en Ecuador y localmente también en los distritos escolares de Boston y Cambridge. Disfrutó pasar tiempo con mi familia mis mascotas y tejer.

I was born in Cali, Colombia and immigrated to the US with my mom when I was 6 years old. I grew up in the Fenway area of Boston. I am married and mom to two wonderful teen boys. Before working at Dual Language I taught in Colombia, Vancouver, the American school in Ecuador and locally also worked in the Boston and Cambridge school systems. I enjoy spending time with my family, pets and crocheting.
Olga Garza
Instructional Assistant
Bio
Hola, mi nombre es Olga Garza y estoy muy emocionada de unirme al equipo de la escuela de idiomas dual. He trabajado en el campo de la educación de la primera infancia durante más de veinte años. Trabajé como profesora de español en el Instituto Irlandés de Monterrey en Monterrey, México, donde me crié. Luego me mudé a EE. UU. Y tuve el privilegio de trabajar en algunos programas preescolares locales. Nuestra comunidad es muy diversa y tener una Escuela de Lenguaje Dual para nuestros niños es algo que apoyo y creo firmemente.

Hi, My name is Olga Garza and I am very excited to be joining the team at Dual Language School. I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field for more than twenty years. I worked as a Spanish Teacher at Instituto Irlandés de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico where I was raised. Then I moved to USA and have had the privilege of working in a few local preschool programs. Our community is very diverse and having a Dual Language School for our children is something I strongly support and believe in.
Faith McAuliffe
First grade teacher
Bio
Faith (Fé) McAuliffe creció en las afueras de Washington DC, cantando, dibujando, y leyendo los libros de Roald Dahl. Estudió la Educación y Política Social en la Universidad de Northwestern antes de unirse al Cuerpo de Paz y sirviendo como Voluntaria de Desarrollo Juvenil en el pueblo de Magdalena en Cajamarca, Perú. Ella enseñó clases de salud e inglés, y aprendió mucho sobre español, niños y los desafíos de vivir en un nuevo país. Después de regresar a los EEUU, se mudó a Boston para estar más cerca a su hermana y para lograr sus licencias de enseñanza en educación primaria y ESL (inglés como segundo idioma) en la Universidad de Lesley. Ella ha enseñado primer grado en inglés, y enseñado inglés a niños de primer grado, pero su trabajo favorito es enseñar primer grado en inglés Y español en Lenguaje Dual. Aparte de primer grado, a ella le encanta el yoga, el crochet, el chocolate, y Jane Austen.

Faith (Fé) McAuliffe grew up outside Washington DC, singing, drawing, and reading Roald Dahl books. She studied Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University before joining the Peace Corps and serving as a Youth Development Volunteer in the small town of Magdalena in Cajamarca, Peru. She taught classes in health and English, and she learned a lot about Spanish, kids, and the challenges of living in a new country. After returning the US, she moved to Boston to be near her sister and to earn her teaching licenses in elementary education and ESL at Lesley University. She has since taught first grade in English, and taught English to first graders, but her favorite job is teaching first grade in English AND Spanish at Dual Language. Apart from first grade, she also loves yoga, crochet, chocolate, and Jane Austen.
Yesenia Reyes
First grade teacher
Bio
Yesenia Reyes creció en Los Ángeles, California. Pasó la mayor parte de su niñez cuidando de sus mascotas, simulando ser maestra cuando jugaba con sus vecinos y cantando y bailando con Selena. Sus padres salvadoreños inculcaron un profundo amor por la familia y la educación en ella a una edad muy temprana. Se mudó a Massachusetts en 2012 y completó su educación de bachiller en Wellesley College. Se graduó como estudiante de estudios latinoamericanos y se especializó en educación. Poco después de terminar sus estudios de maestra en Jamaica Plain, se mudó a Waltham y comenzó a trabajar en Whittemore. Ella está muy orgullosa de ser capaz de enseñar en su primer lenguaje y adora a su nueva familia Dual Language School.

Yesenia Reyes grew up in Los Angeles, California. She spent most of her childhood caring for her pets, pretending to be a teacher when playing with her neighbors, and singing and dancing to Selena. Her Salvadoran parents instilled a deep love for family and education in her at a very young age. She moved to Massachusetts in 2012 and completed her bachelor's education at Wellesley College. She graduated as a Latin American Studies major and minored in Education. Shortly after completing her student teaching in Jamaica Plain, she moved to Waltham and began working at Whittemore School. She is very proud to be able to teach in her first language and adores her new Dual Language School family.
Amy Bustos
Second Grade Teacher
Bio
Mi nombre es Amy Bustos y soy maestra de segundo grado en la Escuela de Lenguaje Dual de Waltham. Nací y crecí en Waltham, pero mi familia es de Manta, Ecuador. Emigraron a este país en 1987. Crecí hablando español y comencé a aprender inglés cuando comencé el preescolar cuando tenía alrededor de 4 años. Antes de enseñar en la Escuela de Lenguaje Dual, trabajé en las escuelas Whittemore, Plympton, Stanley y Fitzgerald en Waltham. ¡He tenido la suerte de trabajar con muchos profesores y estudiantes en Waltham! Cuando no estoy enseñando, me encanta pasear con mi perro Teddy, fotografiar, leer, y pasar tiempo con mi familia y amigos que son muy especiales para mí. ¡Estoy muy emocionado de ser parte de la Escuela de Lenguaje Dual de Waltham!
My name is Amy Bustos and I'm a second grade teacher at Waltham Dual Language School! I was born and raised in Waltham, but my family is from Manta, Ecuador. They migrated to this country in 1987. I was raised speaking Spanish and began to learn English when I started preschool when I was about 4 years old. Before teaching at the Dual Language School, I worked at Whittemore, Plympton, Stanley, and Fitzgerald Schools in Waltham. I've been so lucky to work with many teachers and students in Waltham! When I am not teaching, I love to walk my dog Teddy, photography, read, and spend time with my family and friends who are very special to me. I am so excited to be part of the Waltham Dual Language School!
Luz Maria Considine
Second Grade Teacher
Wendy Fournier
Art Teacher (Monday, Tuesday, Friday)
Bio
Wendy Fournier is an art teacher at four schools in Waltham. She lives in Waltham with her husband and has 2 children who grew up in Waltham. Wendy loves to draw and paint and to be with her family, and she loves to be with children! She also loves to dance, jog with her dog and read books with her cats!
Carolyn Jepsen
Drama Teacher (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Bio
Ms. Jepsen is so excited to be back for her second year at the Dual Language School! She also teaches at McDevitt Middle School and MacArthur Elementary. Ms. J is from Worcester and spends her non-teaching hours hiking, reading and exploring new places. She also dances a lot - her favorites are tap and West African!
Mary Sprogell
Library Teacher, Digital Learning Teacher (Monday, Thursday, Friday)
Bio
Mary Sprogell is delighted to have been working in Waltham Public Schools for more than ten years. This year she splits her time between the Dual Language School as a library teacher and digital learning teacher, and Plympton School as a reading specialist. She had a long career in the business world before fulfilling her passion by opening the world of books to eager young children. Nothing tops the riches of working with the students and staff of Waltham Public Schools. She lives with an unusually confident cat who enjoys chasing dogs and climbing trees. She is a newly minted beekeeper and hopes her hive of 60,000 bees survives its first winter in her care.
Gina DePaoli
Music Teacher (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Bio
My name is Gina DePaoli and I have taught music in Waltham, mostly at Plympton School, since 2001. I took Spanish classes in high school and still speak in Spanish once in a while. My main instrument is clarinet; I can play most other woodwind instruments and I just began playing the ukelele. I have two parakeets named Ben and Jerry. I enjoy attending community events and local fairs, and I love to travel to other states and countries. Hawaii and Italy were two of my favorites.
Carolyn Romero
Science Teacher (Friday)
Bio
Carolyn Romero is the Science Specialist at the Dual Language School. She is new to DL but not new to Waltham Public Schools, having also taught at the Whittemore and Fitzgerald Schools for the last four years. Carolyn has a master’s degree from Lesley University in elementary education and MA certification in elementary science. Before becoming a public school teacher she taught outdoors as a teacher/naturalist for MassAudubon. She is married, has two boys: 2 and 5 years old, and a Bearded Dragon named Liz. She likes to garden, sketch, and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. She loves to travel and has visited her husband’s family in Bogota, Colombia four times so far and every time she gains confidence with her Spanish skills. She is very happy to be part of the Dual Language School community!
Jeff Harpham
Physical Education Teacher (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)
Neil Murphy
Front Desk Security (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Sasha Ramos
Front Desk Security (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Thelma Gonzalez
Lunch Monitor
Guadalupe Valdez
Lunch Monitor
Despoina Lioliou
YMCA Manager
Manuel Meteo Rodriguez
YMCA Teacher
Melissa Turpin
Cafeteria Manager
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