Advance Planning Team and Staff
Scot is the director of LIFE and the president of the Association of Christian Schools in Spain (CSS). He came to Spain in 1998 and began working at Evangelical Christian Academy (ECA) — an English-speaking American school near Alcalá de Henares. He served as a teacher, business administrator, and finally as the headmaster for 10 years. Scot has a Master in Education, a Master in Christian Education, and is currently completing his doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Marilyn Westergren and her husband Tim have lived in Tres Cantos for 21 years and are the founders of the Association Global Ventures and the directors of annual Global Ventures English Camp in Tres Cantos. Marilyn has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education a Master in Counseling.
Ursula grew up in Tres Cantos and attended the German School in Madrid (Colegio Alemán de Madrid). She studied in the United States and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master in Education in Mathematics. She worked for 5 years teaching middle school math and science in Boston. She also has a Master in Education for English from Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid.
Penny has worked internationally for 22 years in Russia, Albania and Spain — serving as an elementary teacher, ESL director, and teacher trainer. She is certified in TESOL, has a BA in Psychology, a BS in Elementary Education, and a Master in Cross Cultural Ministries.
Carol was born in Ohio and has worked in a school setting in Spain since 1998, serving as a teacher, a class sponsor, and as co-coordinator of the school’s residence program. She is trained as a Registered Dietitian and is working with LIFE as a research specialist and assistant to the administrative team.
Gonzalo is a Business Process Improvement Specialist with 16 years of experience in Project Management and Information Technology. He specializes in using the latest technology in combination with project management techniques, to help companies detect areas of weakness and create innovative solutions. He also coaches individual workers in becoming team players for the overall success of the company.
Victoria has a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Spanish, with additional certification in ESL, teaching English as a Second Language. She has two years of experience teaching at the primary level.
Elena has been an elementary teacher for 21 years. She has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Educational Leadership and Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Linguistics. She has worked as a preschool principal and since 2005 she has been teaching at Hinkson Christian Academy, an American English speaking school in Moscow, Russia. Most recently she has been teaching there as a first grade teacher.
Miranda has been working with children for five years. Most recently she has taught in a preschool in the USA and has coordinated children’s programs for YMCA. She has been to Spain twice to volunteer at Global Ventures English Camp in Tres Cantos. Miranda has degrees in humanities and education and is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Education.