Meet Our Staff
Jessica is from Detroit, Michigan and she is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school administration. She has a deep love of curriculum and education, and guides those around her with a servant leader’s heart. She has previously 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.
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.
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 11 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.
Judith de Santos
First 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). Her previous experience includes private tutoring for children. Judith’s passions for serving and teaching make our staff a more productive and happy team.
Rosanny Rosario de Jimenez
School Psychologist & Second 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. She is an individual who loves to serve, and her patience and joy can be felt throughout our school.
Carolin is from San Francisco de Macorís and is currently finishing her degree in Education (with a concentration in Modern Languages) at the Universidad Católica Nordestana. She has a sweet, caring personality that is a blessing to our entire school.
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 make her a great addition to our staff.
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.
MarieJo has been a great addition to our staff this year. She takes pride in her work and helps us keep our school building clean and beautiful.
Coordinator of Descubre Inglés
Katie is from Jackson, Michigan, but has spent large portions of her life 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 third year as the director and lead teacher of this program.
Second Grade Teacher
Cathleen is from Chesapeake, Virginia.