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 PSI Team Members


 Arango2016 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  
  VanderLaan2016 Señora Sarah Vander Laan comes to us with experience teaching in a full immersion program!  She is very dynamic and creative when it comes to teaching the Spanish language and emphasizes the importance of using the language as much as possible.
 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  
 Scissors2016 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  
Caroline Byrne

 Ms. Byrne is a new addition to our Immersion Team.  She brings excitement, energy and a passion for languages!  She spent the summer at the language Institute at Middlebury College!

Program Coordinator
  Plawner2016 Mrs. 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!