Meet Our Staff
Jessica is from Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school administration. In addition to her deep love of curriculum and education, she leads those around her with a servant’s heart. She has taught a wide range of grade levels in both the United States and in the Dominican Republic and has experience as a curriculum director. She is passionate about transformational education and is dedicated to the work God is doing here in San Francisco de Macorís. This is Jessica’s fourth year at ACA.
Rubanesa is originally from the city of San Cristobal, but grew up in Santo Domingo. After her marriage, she moved to San Francisco de Macorís where she has lived with her husband and three children for the past several years. She studied Business Administration at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (Recinto San Francisco de Macorís) and worked for the mayor of San Francisco for several years. It has always been her desire to work at ACA and now she enjoys serving others in an environment where children and adults are learning together and have the opportunity to know Christ. Rubanesa is starting her third school year with ACA.
Nicole graduated from Anderson University with a bachelors degree in education and soon after earned her masters in TESOL and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College. Before coming to ACA, Nicole spent two years in Zambia as a second grade teacher for The Esther School, and one year in Indiana working as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. We are thrilled to welcome Nicole this year to our ACA family!
Byse first served as our lunch coordinator before joining our ACA team full time as our PreK and Kindergarten assistant. She and her husband pastor a local Haitian church and are very active in the community. Byse has a patient and gentle demeanor and is a perfect match for our younger students. This is her third year at ACA and we are blessed to have her!
Assistant Director and First Grade Teacher
Ellen is from Toledo, Ohio and she is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. She has a degree in elementary education and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She is passionate and knowledgeable, allowing her to easily relate to her students and assist them in the acquisition of a new language. She has had previous experience in an international school in Belgium, and in multiple classrooms in the Dominican Republic. She is a natural leader and loves the process of learning, making her a tremendous asset to the Arbor Christian Academy community. This is Ellen’s fourth year at ACA.
First Grade Assistant & Media Coordinator
Michelle is from San Francisco de Macorís and has recently graduated from Universidad Católica Nordestana with a degree in Modern Languages. She has a sweet, caring personality that is a great addition to our staff. Previously, Michelle served as our interim Kindergarten teacher. We are thrilled to have her join out team full-time for this next school year!
Second Grade Teacher
Cathleen is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she studied Human Development Pre-Education and Spanish. Before joining our team full-time, Cathleen taught Elementary Spanish, 5th Grade, and even completed an internship with our Descubre Inglés program! She has a passion for volunteering and serving the community around her and we are thrilled to have her as our 2nd Grade teacher. This is Cathleen’s third year at ACA.
Judith de Santos
Second Grade Assistant
Originally from the city of Santo Domingo, Judith spent her childhood and adolescence in the United States before moving here to San Francisco de Macorís. She is currently studying educational psychology at the Universidad Abierta para Adultos (UAPA). Judith is starting her fourth year at ACA and we are blessed to have her! She is a gifted educator who cares deeply for her students and their well-being.
Third Grade Assistant
Angelica is from San Francisco de Macorís and is currently studying Modern Languages (with a concentration in English) at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo here in San Francisco. Her strong passion for God, fun personality, and tender heart encourage everyone in our ACA family. This is Angelica’s fourth year at ACA.
Rosanny Rosario de Jimenez
School Psychologist & Fourth Grade Assistant
Rosanny is from Villa Tapia, a few miles from San Francisco de Macorís. She graduated in 2019 with her degree in school psychology. Before coming to ACA, Rosanny worked as a long-term substitute for first grade at Escuela Ana Celeste Fernandez. Rosanny is starting her fourth year at ACA. She is an individual who loves to serve, and her patience and joy can be felt throughout our school.
Spanish & Dominican Social Studies Teacher
Fatima is from San Francisco de Macorís and graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Fatima loves children and has a heart for teaching and learning, making her a great asset to our staff! This is Fatima’s second year at ACA.
Claudenice is a tremendous asset to ACA. He always greets each student with a smile and is eager to help parents or staff in whatever they may need. We are grateful to have him looking out for us each day. This is Claudenice’s fourth year at ACA.
MarieJo was a great addition to our staff last year. She takes pride in her work and helps us keep our school building clean and beautiful! This is MarieJo’s second year at ACA.
Coordinator of Descubre Inglés
Katie is from Jackson, Michigan, but has spent large portions of her life here in the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where she studied TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Intercultural Studies. Katie has a passion for this country and has spent time serving in Jarabacoa with YWAM and Constanza with Kids Alive International. She enjoys building relationships with community members and uses her skills as a teacher to shine the light of Jesus and brighten the lives of those around her. This is her fourth year as the director and lead teacher of this program.
Descubre Inglés Teacher
Victoria comes to us from Langley, British Columbia, Canada. She is a graduate of Trinity Western University where she studied TESOL Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Victoria has a passion for building relationships and connecting with people which is why she spent time serving as a counselor at Southern Alberta Bible Camp. Victoria is thrilled to be joining our Descubre Inglés team this year and looks forward to connecting with her students as she teaches them English and shares the love of Christ.