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.
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.
Curriculum Coordinator & ESL Director
Penny has worked internationally for more than 20 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 B.Ed in Elementary Education, and a Master in Cross Cultural Ministries.
Dietitian and Support Services
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.
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.
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 three 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kimberly Craig has a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. She has taught in the Spanish public school system as well as the American school system, and has experience with various primary grades.
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.
Preschool Student Teacher
Julia is currently finishing her B.A in Educational Psychology in Early Childhood, and has had experience volunteering and working in a Kindergarten classroom. She has a passion for education and has taught English voluntarily to university students. Julia has been involved in various camps, teaching high-school students about culture and the English language.