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 PSI Team Members


 Arango headshot 2017 Señora Elizabeth Arango is a native of Colombia and has 2 children. Her love for teaching early education is evident in the dedication, time, and energy that she puts into her classroom and lessons. Ms. Arango has been working with MCPS for over 10 years. She taught Preschool Special Education, worked in Infants & Toddlers, and has experience teaching middle school. Ms. Arango is a Psychologist with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Sra. Arango introduces the Spanish language to our little ones through songs, dances, pictures, & a lot of engagement.
Grade 1  

Señora Gricia Canales is a native of El Salvador and has lived in the United States for over 30 years. She has been teaching for over 20 years, and 8 years in Montgomery County. Her experience with the immersion team at Burnt Mills helps students see and experience a continuity as they move through the grades and on to middle school. Mrs. Canales loves working with children and helping them develop into creative, intelligent members of the BMES community.  

Grade K and 1 Reading Initiative 
  vander laan headshot 2017 Señora Sarah Vander Laan is a very dynamic and creative language teacher.  She is very passionate about language acquisition and emphasizes the importance of using the language as much as possible.  Señora Vander Laan knows how to build student's confidence and excitement around learning Spanish. 
Grade 2  
 Zuniga Headshot 2017 Señora Marcie Zuniga joined Burnt Mills this year from a local private school. Ms. Zuniga is a proud MCPS graduate whose family is from El Salvador. We are so grateful to have her on our team.
 Grade 3  
 Williams2016 Señora Maria Williams was born in Managua, Nicaragua.  She has a sweet 6 year old daughter with whom she practices Spanish.  She has taught elementary school and 6th grade and comes to us with 6 years of teaching experience.  Sra. Williams is excited about joining our team and are very excited to have her with us.


  Grade 4  
 Scissors Headshot 2017 Señora Jodee Scissors is from Dallas, TX and mom to a beautiful 3 year old daughter.  She comes to us with 10 years teaching experience.  She taught bilingual education, ESOL, and bilingual intervention.  She studied in Costa Rica and Mexico and taught English in Italy and Mexico.  Sra. Scissors is very motivated and energetic and we are so excited to have her on our team!
Grade 5  
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Señorita Caroline Byrne is a new addition to our Immersion Team.  She brings excitement, energy and a passion for languages!  She spent the summer at a language instutute at Middlebury College where she is working on her Masters in Language Acquisition.  Ms. Byrne has done a lot of voluntary work in Latin America, learning the language and culture and helping people.

Program Coordinator
  Plawner Headshot 2017 Señora Gloria Plawner is from Quito, Ecuador but grew up outside of Boston. This mix of two cultures allowed her to grow up appreciating and loving traveling and languages. Any time she has the opportunity to learn about new cultures or countries, she jumps at the opportunity! Mrs. Plawner has a background in International Development and Public Health. She taught elementary and middle school students for 5 years in Baltimore City before coming to MCPS. During her free time she enjoys exploring the area with her family and two rambunctious toddlers!