Our Team

 
 
 
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Natalia Canto, MEd  - MRC Executive Director

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education Boston College

  • Master’s Degree from Harvard University

  • Certified Reading Specialist endorsed by the state of Massachusetts

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2011

  • Certified as a Teacher Trainer in the Orton-Gillingham methodology since 2012


Ely Anne Valls, MEd - MRC Administrative Director & chief of staff

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Marketing and Human Resources from Boston University

  • Master’s Degree: Early Childhood Education from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico


Melanie Catalfomo - MRC Program Development Coordinator

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Romance Languages from Boston College

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2018


AMANDA COLLAZO – MRc Media and communication manager

  • Bachelor’s Degree: BA in Sociology and Certificate in Latin American Studies, Princeton University

  • Others: JD from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Law School


Maite Montaner - MRC Readers for the Future Program Director

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Literature and Language in English and Spanish from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2011


Carol Crespo - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree: BA in Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey & BA in theology from the Latin American Seminar in San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Others: Completed required education courses from the Red Universitaria de Puerto Rico; and education courses funded by the National Writing Center in Sagrado Corazón.

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2012


Jessica Ann Bowles - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree: History and Education, University of Puerto Rico

  • Professional Certification in ADHD by University of Puerto Rico

  • Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate May 2019


Mónica Fossas - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education (Kinder - 3rd grade), The University of Dayton

  • Master’s Degree: Special Education, The University of Dayton

  • Special Education Teacher Certification K-12 from the State of Ohio


Isabel Cristina López Sánchez - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher Assistant

  • Bachelor's Degree: Licenciada en Administración mención Gerencia Empresarial, Universidad José María Vargas, Caracas Venezuela

  • Readers for the Future since 2016


Susana Morales - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher Assistant

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio

  • Substitute teacher in Academia del Perpetuo Socorro 

  • Readers for the Future since 2018


Camill Sotomayor - MRC Reading Clinic Supervisor

  • Bachelor's Degree: Theater & minor in Spanish from Northwestern State University

  • Early Childhood-4th grade General Education certification, State of Texas

  • Early Childhood-4th grade Bilingual Supplementation certification, State of Texas

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2017

  • Orton-Gillingham Teacher Trainer Certification in process


Tamara Valle

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree: Arts from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

  • Elementary English Teacher Certification

  • Montessori Assistant Certification

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2017


Janice González Cabassa

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education K-3 from the University of Puerto Rico

  • Profession: 1st grade teacher at Robinson School

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate 2011

  • Certified Orton Gillingham Teacher Trainer 2016


Jessica Purcell

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education K-3 from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

  • Profession: Kindergarten teacher at Saint John’s School

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2014


Jacquelyn Pedley, Med

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Psychology and Sociology from Fairfield University

  • Master’s Degree: Early Childhood Education from Boston College

  • Profession: 2nd grade teacher at Saint John’s School

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2016


Mayra G. Delgado

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education k-3 from the University of Puerto Rico

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2016


Sheila Marie Hau

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Eduaction in English, Universidad Interamericana San Germán

  • Profession: 4th grade teacher at Saint John’s School

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2017


Alina Casero

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Eduaction in English, Loyola University New Orleans

  • Profession: 1st to 3rd grade teacher at Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2017


Amy McFarland

  • Master's Degree: Multicultural Education from George Mason University, VA

  • Certified Literacy Coach, Iowa State University

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2017


Laura Amill Rosario, MEd

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education K-3 from the University of Puerto Rico

  • Master’s Degree: Special Education from the Universidad Central de Bayamón

  • Profession: 1st grade teacher at Robinson School

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2011


María T. Dorna Solá

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Preschool and Elementary Education, University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in May 2019


Alexandra Balzac

  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology

  • Master’s of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

  • Profession: Kindergarten Teacher at Saint John’s School

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2019 


Jeannette Valldejuli

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education (Kinder-3rd grade), University of Puerto Rico

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2019 

  • Certified in ADHD by State University of New York, University of Buffalo via Coursera


Carola E Acosta Marin

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Political Science & Latin America Studies, American University

  • Master’s of Early Childhood Education, University of Phoenix

  • ABA Therapist /Discreet Trail Training

  • Profession: First Grade Teacher SJS

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2019 


ROCIO CALDERON

  • Bachelor's Degree: Education Elementary, University of Puerto Rico

  • Master's Degree: Early Childhood & Elementary /Language and Literacy, New York University

  • Puerto Rico Elementary Teacher Certification

  • Florida Elementary Teacher Certification

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2019 


URSULA TUA

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree: K-3rd Grade Elementary Education ,University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

  • Profession: 1st Grade Teacher at Vimenti School

  • Received Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certificate in 2019 


MONICA MARIN

  • Elementary Education K-3 From Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

  • Elementary K-3 Teacher certification