Mrs. Viviana Cruz
Principal, AP Spanish Language and Culture Advisor, Pre-school Coordinator, Spanish as a Second Language Instructor
Mrs. Cruz holds a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and ESL degree from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina and a Master in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Trinity College, Washington DC. She is an active member of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), the Advanced Placement Central (AP Central), the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and the Local Library Advisory Committee (LAC). Mrs. Cruz wrote the ESL curriculum for the first generation of graduating teachers from the Teacher’s College in Santa Cruz, Argentina. She has worked in private schools and public schools in Montgomery County for 29 years as a World Languages Teacher. She has vast experience working for international schools. During her stay at Washington International School, she participated and coordinated the writing of the IB middle years for the Spanish program. At this school, she also taught IB Language and Literature for the Upper School.
At present, Mrs. Cruz also teaches AP Language and Literature in one of the county schools. Her programs of studies in AP Language and Literature have been approved and certified by the Advanced Placement Central. Furthermore, Mrs. Cruz is also an Educational Testing Services (ETS) AP Spanish Literature reader.
Mrs. Cruz has been the Principal of Bethesda International School since its founding in 1998 when it was called The International Children’s Workshop. At present, she is also a Spanish Language Curriculum Writer for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.
Ms. Graciela Quiroga
Assistant Vice Principal, Middle School Advisor, Professional Development Advisor
Graciela Quiroga is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and she has been teaching for more than three decades. She started her career as a First, Seventh and Eighth Grade teacher. Once in the U.S., she joined Washington International School (WIS), W.D.C. in 1989, where she taught First Grade for three years. Thereafter, she moved to Middle School as a Language-Literature and Spanish Humanities-World History teacher.
Mrs. Quiroga has participated in various educational seminars across the U.S., as well as abroad. For example: Georgetown University-Center for Latin American Studies; National Gallery of Art, Understanding by design, Art Connection; Project Zero- Harvard, Graduate School of Education, and iEARN International Conference, Slovakia. She has presented workshops in the area including the International Baccalaureate conference at The Hague (Perspectives in the Teaching of History).
Mrs. Quiroga received her Project Zero (PZ) Certification in 2010 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This was a turning point in her educational career, which led her to a continued revision of teaching and learning from a Teacher for Understanding (TfU) perspective. Since then, the focus of her teaching has been to facilitate student’s ongoing opportunities to foster their understanding and awareness of their own thinking and learning process.
Guided by her classroom’s core value of social justice, she firmly believes that educators should prepare students to become responsible citizens for the XXI Century. Along with this principle, she has been working towards the development of multi and interdisciplinary projects to encourage young learners to reflect on global issues.
One of her most successful accomplishments has been the Student Exchange Program, which was initiated at WIS with Mrs. Viviana Cruz in 1997. Since then, Mrs. Quiroga has been the coordinator of the cultural activities for all the trips to Mexico, Uruguay, Lima and Madrid, in tight connection with the Language and Humanities Curriculum.
Her two years at Bethesda International School, (BIS-CIB), Maryland, as an Upper School Language-Literature teacher was another enriching experience that further developed her research initiatives of PZ. In August 2017, she joined BIS-CIB as a Resource Teacher and Middle School Curriculum Coordinator. Mrs. Quiroga is enthusiastic to continue implementing Teacher for Understanding-TfU- as a conceptual framework to cultivate student’s deep understanding.
Mrs. Quiroga has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and an Associate’s Degree in Language Arts from Sarmiento National College in Buenos Aires. She graduated with a degree in Sociology from the National University of Philosophy (Universidad Nacional de Filosofía y Letras) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Ms. Sandra González
Ms. González has been working as an Administrative Assistant for the Labor and Social Security Office for the Embassy of Spain since April 2002. She has also worked as an Administrative Assistant for the National Institutes of Health/SOBRAN, as well as the Bethesda International School and the Children’s International Workshop, which served as the foundation of BIS. Once again, Ms. González is working for our school as the Chief Financial Officer. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finances from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Pablo Galán
Assistant Principal, Intermediate School Advisor
Mr. Galan holds a BS in Business Administration and a J.D. from Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. With a particular interest in helping the community and participating with nonprofit organizations Pablo is part of Economist without Borders, where he has taught subjects to immigrants and economically disadvantage individuals ranging from Spanish for Business to accounting and business planning. Always involved with the community he has coached minor league basketball and soccer. He has received the certificate of completion from Harvard’s Project Zero program as well as intensive curses in literature. Pablo has worked for the Department of Development in Spain and currently serves as VP of Business Development and Operations at a law firm aimed at providing integrated legal services to startups, small business and international firms opening their market to the United States.
Mrs. Beatriz Díaz García
Assistant Principal, Primary School Advisor
Mrs. Beatriz Díaz García has a degree in Education from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a degree in Social Work from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, in Madrid, Spain. Mrs. Díaz García has been teaching languages in different countries for more than ten years. She has worked in Spain, the Dominican Republic, England and the United States. Teaching is her vocation. She feels proud when her students incorporate the knowledge learned in the classroom into their daily lives. Mrs. Díaz García also teaches Third grade and she is one of the Assistant Principals at BIS-CIB.