Our team

LIFE International School boasts of a highly qualified staff.  Our excellent teachers are specially certified to teach academics to students whose first language is not English.  All staff is certified in CPR and First Aid and have their food handling license in Spain.

Scot Musser

CSS Founder and Director of LIFE

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.

Carol Paige

Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction

Carol started her educational career as a school social worker in Williamsburg, Virginia. Over the past 12 years, she served in schools in the country of Paraguay as a social worker and teacher and most recently as the secondary school principal and director of curriculum and instruction at Asunción Christian Academy. Carol holds a master’s degree in Social Work and an Ed.S. post-master’s degree in Christian Education Leadership and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Christian Education Leadership.

Carol Musser

Administrative Assistant and Dietitian

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 the food service specialist, secretary, and other support roles.

Susana Chois

Operations Manager and Information Technology

Susy is a Chinese American raised in the USA and Colombia. She holds an MA in Biblical & Theological Studies and a BA in Drama. She has twenty plus years experience in business, international education and media entertainment industries. Her first languages are English and Cantonese, but she also speaks Spanish, Mandarin & Japanese.

Leah Heneveld

Elementary Teacher

Leah received her B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and certification in SEI (Structured English Immersion). In 2018, Leah spent the summer as an ESL teacher at a preschool and tutor at an orphanage home in Peru. She completed her student teaching in Nicaragua and gained some teaching experience in Arizona after graduation in 2019.

Elena Afanasenko

Preschool Teacher

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 she taught for 11 years at Hinkson Christian Academy, an American English speaking school in Moscow, Russia.  She has been teaching preschool at LIFE since we opened in 2017.

Marta Jimenez

Spanish History and Language Teacher

Marta has degrees in Theology and Primary Education from the University Complutense in Madrid.  She has worked as a primary school teacher since 2008, including 4 years teaching in a bilingual school in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States.  She has more than 20 years of experience working with children in various contexts, including serving as a camp director and coordinator of humanitarian trips to Romania and India, serving in schools and orphanages.

Kristi Pineda

Elementary Teacher

Kristi Pineda has a BA in Elementary Education. She has taught five years in the United States, with experience as an ESL teacher and a general classroom teacher. She has also spent one year as an English language assistant in Spain.

Kristiina Day

Elementary Teacher

Kristiina received her BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish in 2006, and has had her teaching certificate since 2007.  She has spent the last 11 years teaching in a wide variety of settings, including a year as an English Language Assistant in a bilingual school in Alcala de Henares.  She has also volunteered in English camps in Tres Cantos and Granada.

Doreen Riedel

Preschool Aide and ESL Instruction

Doreen has a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) from ARA Institute in Christchurch, New Zealand, and is presently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education with Tertiary College, New Zealand. For the past 15 years she has worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Madrid and has experience teaching all ages and levels of English.

Samantha Johnson

Preschool and Elementary Teacher

Samantha is a specialist in English language immersion, as well as teaching through fun and nature. She has been working with Linguistic Immersion methodology in the Spanish private school system for six years.  A native of Jamaica, she has a master’s degree in Social Education from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Beatriz Troisi Murias

Cook

Betty is trained as a Chemical Technician and worked 10 years as a Microbiologist in the National Institute of Microbiology as well as pharmaceutical labs in Argentina.  In addition, she has worked as a baker and has volunteered with Global Ventures in Tres Cantos, helping with catering during English Camp, as well as organizing workshops and activities for children and adults.