As in all other areas of our ministry, God has blessed us richly by providing us an ever-growing, high-quality, and Christ-focused staff. They are all passionate about loving on and enriching the lives of the children that they teach and serve every day, and we are thankful for each one of them!
Gabriela Casco, our primary school principal, started with us in 2016. She has her Master’s degree in school administration from a university in Costa Rica. She also has a rich background in music as a vocalist and oboist. As the daughter of a pastoral couple, she has been involved in her church her whole life. Both her music and church experiences have allowed her to travel to Michigan several times!
Claudia Velasquez, our school principal over the pre-school and kindergarten programs, has been with us since the beginning, first as a teacher for three years, and now as a both teacher and principal. God orchestrated her running into Pastor David at just the moment that Jubileee was looking for help with the school. Ms. Velasquez is married, has a son who attends Jubilee School, and a little girl!
Belinda Andino, our indispensable school secretary, has been with us since the start of the 2014 school year. Her excellent organizational skills, gracious, servant’s heart, and bright smile have made a big difference in how smoothly everything runs behind the scenes at the school. She is married and has three children.
Brenda Cubas is a licensed psychologist and has been with us since August of 2014 thanks to support from our partner ministry, Orphan Outreach. She provides essential services to our students and their parents along with offering support and advice to our staff in how to help some of our students who struggle academically and behaviorally due to their rough home situations. She enjoys being involved in her church and family activities.
Paola Soto, our music teacher, started out working with Jubilee just part time in 2014, but ever since the start of our 2015 school year, she has been working with us full-time. She is dedicated to developing an ever-growing music program for the school across all grade levels. She is currently teaching voice/choir, guitar, keyboards, and drums. She lives with her family and is very involved with the youth ministry at her church.
Nancy Elvir joined our team part way through the 2016 school year, fulfilling the need for a full-time English teacher. She has a degree in psychology, but is also fluent in English thanks to having started her life living in California. She enjoys traveling especially when it’s tied to serving and spreading the gospel to others. She works with an organization to provide food and basic supplies to people in need throughout Honduras.
Janeth Garcia started working at Jubilee School in 2011 in the role of part time kindergarten teacher. For the 2013-2015 school years, she worked full-time, also taking on the role of English teacher for all grades. Since then, her role has continued to evolve. She continues to teach kindergarten, but instead of English, she has now taken on the roles of Bible teacher and administrative assistant. Thanks to her calm, joyful demeanor and trust in the Lord, Ms. Janeth takes these changes in stride. She is married and lives with her extended family.
Eduvijes Valladares lives in the community of La Era and has personal connections to many of our families. She has been with us since 2010, and she has willingly helped out with any job that has needed doing including secretarial and custodial duties. She continues with those responsibilities in the afternoons, but she spends her mornings helping out Ms. Janeth in the kindergarten classroom. She has four adult children and many grandchildren to love on at home!
Gabriela Arevalo has worked with us since 2013, and she has been a great asset working as a teacher’s assistant in the pre-school and first grade classrooms. She has a passion for working with children and is very involved in children´s ministries at her church.
Melissa Blanco deserves an awared for her great courage in joining our staff in 2015 knowing that she would be handed a room full of 44 first graders! She embraced her role and kept those little ones in line with a firm, but loving voice, and lots of hugs. Nevertheless, she was happy to start the 2016 school year with just 30 students! At home, she takes care of her daughter and nieces with help from the rest of her family.
Kelin Casco is one busy lady! She teaches one section of our second graders all day, goes off to the university for her own classes, and then heads home to take care of her son and help him with his homework before starting in on her own! She takes it all in stride and always appears calm with everything in order. Ms. Kelin joined the Jubilee team in 2015.
Deysi Coronado joined us in 2016 to teach the second section of our second graders. She has worked as an educator since 2007, and her experience shines through! She is married and has two children.
Wendy Romero joined our team part way through the 2014 school year, and after years of working with older students, she is enjoying the challenges involved with teaching younger ones. She teaches our third graders and is always willing to help out, give hugs, and share a smile or laugh. She is married and lives with her family.
Nancy Sierra has been with Jubilee School since 2013. She works hard teaching our fourth graders and displays a genuine love for each one of them. Her youngest son attends Jubilee School, and she also has two older sons. She is married, and she and her family attend Jubilee Church.
Karol Soto has been with us since 2014 and is teaching our fifth graders. Even though she sometimes has to discipline them, it is clear that they all love and respect her. Ms. Karol is widowed, has a young son, and lives with her family. She is very involved in ministries at her church.
Sussan Soto joined the Jubilee team in 2016 and is happy to be working with her younger sisters, Karol and Paola. Ms. Sussan’s confidence, joyful heart, and loving discipline of her sixth grade students impressed us right away! She brings a lot of experience in working with youth through her church involvement. She is married and has two young sons.
Jonathan Helder has served as the Development Director since January of 2015. Prior to that Jon volunteered for 2 years as Jubilee’s Donation Coordinator. His past experiences include Accounting, Finance, Healthcare Consulting, and Web Development. Jon and his wife, Emily, reside in Grand Rapids, MI and have two young children, Lily and Flint.