Superstar readers need superstar teachers!
Jason has 15 years of teaching experience in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. He has a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Illinois State University. Jason is a certified teacher in the state of Illinois. He is an expert at making learning fun! Outside of the class, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.
Ellen Van Meter
Ellen received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Literacy Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a certified K-8 teacher and Reading Specialist. Ellen began her teaching career with Teach for America, teaching middle school in San Antonio, TX. In addition to a lifelong love of reading and literature, Ellen is a dancer and spends much of her free time practicing flamenco. She also enjoys playing the ukulele and spending time with her family.
Sarah is a former classroom teacher experienced in the dual language school setting. She holds a B.A in Education and Child Psychology from the University at Albany – State University of New York. Sarah has also received an M.S. in Childhood Education from City University of New York-Hunter College. She also has certifications in Early Childhood Education and Bilingual Education. Sarah has recently partnered with the organization, Support Utila, to help improve literacy rates on the island. She enjoys drawing, writing, singing, snorkeling, and spending time with her puppy, Charlie.
Jamie received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University Idaho. Jamie has a teaching license from the state of Idaho. Before Viva Phonics, Jamie taught with Apple Tree Learning Center and with VIPKID, a virtual platform that teaches children English. Jamie has a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old little girl. Jamie enjoys gardening, trying new foods, and playing volleyball.
Angelica began her career in education as a bilingual teacher in Texas. Angelica earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice and an M.A. in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received an Instructional Design Certificate from the University of California Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education. In the Spring of 2021, Angelica will have completed course requirements for a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in preparation for graduate studies in speech-language pathology. She enjoys outdoor adventures and relaxing at home with her husband and two dogs, Niko and Luna.