12 years growing tomorrow´s inspiring people

Team

Our Team

Dragon American School is run by a small group of professionals with both experience and expertise in the most innovative and leading pedagogical methodology.

Around 50% of our teaching team are native English speakers, from countries such as the USA, Canada, the UK and even Ireland. While the other 50% are from other countries such as Spain, Argentina, Chile, Russia, Cyprus, Venezuela and the Philippines, many of whom have worked as teachers in the USA and also have a very high level of English.

INVOLVED

Our team is dedicated to education and trained in new and innovative methods of education whilst also understanding more traditional procedures. Our teachers make it a priority to keep up to date with all new developments, research or recent publications throughout the world. In doing this they ensure that they are continually adapting their teaching methods and as a result guaranteeing a bright future for their students.

Based on a Tech Start-Up corporate cultural model, where there is no rigid hierarchy, teachers work as a team in order to create a better school climate. Collaboration between teachers of both Elementary and Secondary allows us to create our tailor-made academic programme.

Our Kindergarten teachers receive specialized training in our school throughout the school year, specifically focused on the different methods used in democratic schools (Reggio, Montessori, Waldorf, Positive Discipline, Aucouturier, Pikler-Loczy). Our school also provides continuous and specific professional development for our Elementary and Secondary teachers. They receive training in different methodologies with a multidisciplinary approach linked to each major area (IGCSE, Multiple Intelligence, High Abilities, Learning Disabilities and many more…).

WE SELECT THE BEST

Our aim is to gather a team of people with great attributes and principles. The skills and qualities that we look for in the process of staff selection are the following:

• Passion/Motivation
• Professionalism and Responsibility
• Adaptability
• Integrity/Honesty
• Dynamism and Energy
• Autonomy and Initiative

We believe that workplace satisfaction is the key to success. For this reason, we encourage self-awareness and self-care activities in order to encourage our staff to lead a healthy lifestyle (meditation, yoga, personal development workshops, nutrition, healthy habits, etc.).

Dragon American School is continuously interviewing new teachers throughout the school year as we are constantly looking out for the best teachers to join our supply pool.

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Samuel

New Learning Architect
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Barbara

School Co-Founder, School Principal and
Educational Psychologist
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Juan Morán

School Co-Founder and Mathematician
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Elvira

¡Hola! Mi nombre es Elvira y soy la profesora de Lengua y Literatura Española de Dragon American School. Estoy acreditada por la Comunidad de Madrid y estoy licenciada en Filología Hispana. Soy una apasionada de la Literatura y también del Latín.
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Valentina

I am Valentina and I have been working at Dragon American School since 2019. I was born in Chile, raised in United States and settle in Spain. I started my studies by acquiring a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Science, where I discovered the amazing world of education!
I later graduated in Education- Area of expertise: Teacher training (Elementary) specialized in teaching English as a foreign language. I also hold a Secondary Teaching Certification and I am currently finishing my University Expert Degree in Active pedagogies and Comprehensive Education.
I love learning and keeping up to date with new pedagogical trends. In the past few years , I have taken part in different relevant courses: Positive Discipline Accreditation ,Teaching Proficiency Language through Writing and Storytelling, Certificate Problem-based learning, Neuroscience in education, Non-Violent Communication, Waldorf pedagogy.

Even in my hobbies I have always been drawn to education and its multidisciplinary approach! I was a 1st division National Volleyball player, and got the National Level Volleyball Coach Certification and coached teams for more than 15 years. I also love nature and mountain hiking, so encouraging children to enjoy it is also one of my goals, I studied and got the Leisure time Coordinator certificate.

I am very happy to work in Dragon American school, a place where I can continue to learn and develop my passion for education, English, and nature every day.
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Lucia

Educational Psychologist & School PT;
Diplomatura de Maestro
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Jean-Michel

Hello, my name is Jean-Michel Unglas, I was born in Toulouse, France.
I have been teaching for 13 years both in the UK and in Spain. I am specialised in Popular Music and foreign languages (French & English). I studied Music at Goldsmiths University in London and started my career as a Music Teacher at the South Essex College of Further and Higher Education in Southend-on-Sea (UK).


I have been living in Madrid for 11 years where I have been teaching extensively French and English as a foreign language and Music in different private international schools.

This year, I will be teaching Music, French and English at the Dragon American School. This term, I will also provide origami workshops and hopefully photography workshop next term.
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Cibeles

My name is Cibeles, I'm the Art teacher. This will be my third year at Dragon American School.

I studied Fine Arts at the UCM and HAWK-Germany and I have a degree in Artistic Jewelry .CAP (UCJC).

Actually I co-manage an artistic space called Workshopia.

I love working on different artistic techniques with the children in class.
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Amy

Mi nombre es Amy y soy mentora y profesora de Elementary en Dragon American School. Entré a trabajar en el Dragón en el 2018.

Soy Madrileña de nacimiento, aunque
siempre me ha encantado viajar. He vivido
un año en Galway (Irlanda), y otro año en
Minnesota (EEUU), ambos como profesora o
entrenadora de baloncesto.

Tengo el grado en Magisterio con
especialidad en Educación Física y he sido
entrenadora de baloncesto durante 15 años.

En mi tiempo libre me gusta jugar al baloncesto, leer y hace poco he
descubierto el senderismo de alta montaña. Disfruto construyendo y creando
estructuras con diferentes materiales y herramientas, así como con los juegos
de mesa y de cartas.

Me encanta mi trabajo y me levanto todos los días con ilusión y ganas de nuevos retos, ilusiones y aprendizajes en el Dragón.
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Héctor

Chef and Kitchen Coordinator. Food Revolution Voluntary Ambassador by The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA)
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Claire

Hi! I’m Claire, the English reference in Dragonfly and I also offer French classes! This is my third year working at Dragon American School. I have been living and teaching English in Madrid for 5 years. I am from Ottawa, Canada. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Spanish and a specialization in bilingual teaching Methodology and Evaluation of the English Language. In my free time I love riding my road bike around Madrid and having picnics in the park and going hiking.
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Pilar

Kindergarten Spanish Teacher and Educational Psychologist
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Yaiza

School Secretary & Official Translator Degree
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Sonsoles

School Administrative
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Mariana

Hello! My name is Mariana. I'm argentinian and lived in Spain since 2001. I have a Fashion & Textile Designer Degree. I studied at a bilingual school in Buenos Aires, and have an IB Diploma. I'm a mom of 2 and a sports fan. I reinvented myself several times: was a partner of Séptimo Arte Cine Digital and owned 2 restaurants in Madrid. I designed swimsuits for Tenkey and the Sincronized Swimming teams of Torrelodones, Villalkor, El Escorial and Brunete until I was offered a job position at Dragon American School. Now I'm learning lots about different pedagogical systems all around the world. Working here opened for me a whole new world.
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Vanessa B. Dorda

Hello families and students! I'm Vanessa, the new geography, history and philosophy teacher. I have a degree in History and a master's degree in Anthropology and American History. My studies have led me to live wonderful experiences getting to know different cultures, in many different ways as working with indigenous communities in Mesoamerica or enjoying a scholarship at the University of Southern California (USC). My passions are traveling, swimming and reading. I am looking forward to being part of DAS team and to helping our new generations feel a passion for learning.
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José

My name is José Moran and I'm a partner of Dragon American School. I studied Economics and have an MBA CAV Business School.
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Rubén

Hi! My name is Rubén and I do all kind of sports, although the most important for me is climbing, which marked my way of life, but I also practice MTB, surf, snow, diving. I played for Atlético de Madrid in the children's category of the first team. Together with José Morán we started the Wildfitness Club. I am a TDM (Sport Technician in Mountain) for the Madrid High Mountain Federation. I'm also a Climbing Coach for adults and children for 9 years and a Trainer for future Climbing Teachers.
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Natalie

Hello, my name is Natalie Paessler, I am half German and half British though I have lived most of my life in Spain. This will be my first year teaching in Dragon American school, and I believe this is exactly the style of educating children that fits perfectly with my character. Everybody refers to me as a very creative person and I admit, I love to invent new, challenging and unique tasks in both my professional and personal life. After graduating from the American University of Paris, I crossed the Atlantic in a sailboat, worked as a ski and snowboard instructor in Sierra Nevada and then spent the summer as a water ski instructor in Club Med in Greece before I settled down to work in documentary and sports filming which was all very exciting. 15 years ago, when my first child was born though, I discovered the beauty and passion I felt while teaching everyday concepts to my daughter and so shifted my career becoming a Junior and Primary teacher. I love animals, nature, all sorts of adventure sports and I really love children, and have four of my own. My aim in life is to try everything no matter how challenging, never give up on my dreams and on people I meet throughout my life, and to be an inspiring person to my students, family and friends.
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Fanny

¡Hola! Soy Fanny, profesora y mentor en elementary. Soy española y vivo en Torrelodones desde que tenía 2 años. Estoy titulada en infantil, también soy profe de natación infantil y matronatación. Actualmente estoy formándome en un curso de Pedagogía activa, certificado por la Nebrija. Siempre he trabajado en la educación, con más de 10 años de experiencia y estoy muy contenta e ilusionada de trabajar en Dragón American school, tengo mucho que dar y mucho que aprender en este estilo de educación. Me apasiona mi trabajo, el trato con los niños y las familias. Soy una persona extrovertida, me encanta hablar y escuchar. De mis aficiones destaco las manualidades, el crochet, coser... todo lo que sea crear! el mundo de la fotografía, el baile en general, aunque mi debilidad es el flamenco. Y en general todo lo que esté relacionado con la naturaleza, disfrutar de ella sola o acompañada. Soy una persona muy familiar, me gusta pasar tiempo con los míos y con mis amigos.
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Careen

¡Hola a todos! Soy de la hermosa nación del arco iris, Sudáfrica. Mis ancestros son de la India y mi lengua materna es el inglés. Me encanta decir que soy una mezcla entre África, Asia y Europa. Me encanta resolver problemas y ayudar a la gente. Esto es lo que hace que me apasione la enseñanza de las matemáticas y la informática. Como también me apasiona viajar, estudié a través de una universidad de educación a distancia denominada Universidad de Sudáfrica. Conseguí graduarme en Matemáticas e Informática mientras realizaba mi pasión. Ahora, estoy viviendo en España desde 2018. También viví en Nueva York donde estudié en la escuela secundaria durante un año. Gané una beca con una ONG internacional llamada AFS. Me encanta aprender sobre nuevas culturas, comida e idiomas.

What they say about us

Ágata, madre de dos

(…) Para mí el colegio el Dragón es lo mejor que hay por lo menos en Madrid. En el Dragón no hay casi bullying, y si lo hay lo paran de raíz con un protocolo que ha de seguir llamado protocolo firewall, así, no hay casos de bullying (aunque si seguís al colegio desde hace ya tiempo quizás lo conozcáis). Los compas son todos o la mayoría muy buena tente, ellos siempre tratan bien a la gente y te acoplarás muy bien. (…)

Shayra, madre de dos

(…) La experiencia de nuestra familia en el Dragón ha sido muy gratificante. Nuestro hijo de 7 años va al colegio contento cada mañana. Sin duda hemos tomado la decisión más acertada para su eduación.(…)

Shayra, madre de dos

(…) La experiencia de nuestra familia en el Dragón ha sido muy gratificante. Nuestro hijo de 7 años va al colegio contento cada mañana. Sin duda hemos tomado la decisión más acertada para su eduación.(…)

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