Originally from San Juan Puerto Rico, Lucilla Dávila was raised bilingual in English & Spanish. She moved to Minnesota 25 years ago and has made Woodbury her home for the past nineteen years. Her two children currently attend Woodbury Public Schools.
With nearly 3 decades in the field of education, she has been a pioneer when it comes to creating, developing, and designing educational programs that address language acquisition, immersion/bilingual students, and all students’ academic needs and cultural-linguistic approach.
Lucilla holds her K-12 Superintendent Licensure from the Minnesota State University, Mankato, K-12 Principal Licensure from Saint Mary’s University, Twin Cities Campus and a Master of Education in Second Languages and Cultures & Spanish & ELL (K-12), from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Bachelors of Arts & Education from the University of Minnesota, College of Education.
Director of Culture, Language & Curriculum
Tamara has more than 40 years of experience in immersion education, beginning her career in Puerto Rico where she taught for over 2 decades before moving to Minnesota. She spent 13 years in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Public School Districts and has spent the past 5 years at El Colegio Charter School.
Throughout her career, she has taught all grades from pre-school to high school. She is a current board member of El Colegio serving her fourth year. She has served on the MTLE (Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination) review panel for the past 4 years. As the Director of Culture, Language & Curriculum at Alma Flor Ada, Tamara collaborates & supports an enriched cultural environment for all our learners.
Dailys Garcia Puertas
Dailys Garcia Puertas is originally from Trinidad, Cuba. She moved to Minnesota in 2017 and currently lives in Burnsville.
She has a bachelor’s degree and a Child Development Associate credential in Early Childhood. She has worked with Pre-k children for the past three years.
Thisbeth Sulsona Vallejo
Thisbeth Sulsona Vallejo is originally from Puerto Rico. She moved to MN in 2017 with her four kids and husband, who was transferred to the Minnesota Air Force Reserve Base.
Thisbeth attended the Pontifical Catholic University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Thisbeth began her career as a preschool and elementary teacher and has worked in elementary education for over 16 years.
Parent Engagement Manager
Juliana Capdevila is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She moved to Woodbury, Minnesota 19 years ago with her husband and her two daughters.
Juliana has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and she has worked in the nonprofit sector, “empowering” Latino families, as well as in assisting and relocating of families moving to Minnesota from abroad. In addition, Juliana has worked for 3M in the area of business management for more than seven years.
As Alma Flor Ada’s Spanish Immersion Early Learning Academy Parent Engagement Manager, Juliana’s work is instrumental and is at the forefront collaborating with our AFA families and our committee at large.
Juan Díaz is a Spanish- Salvadoran educator. Has a bachelor’s degree in English; has been a teacher for over ten years. On his path he has successfully encouraged and guided students towards learning languages. During the last few years, he and his students have reached proficiency levels following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. (CEFR)
He is grateful for the acquired teaching skills in different countries. (Spain, El Salvador and US. Working with a wide range of cultural backgrounds has helped him grow personally and professionally.
Strongly believes in compassion and equality as fundamental parts in a fast-growing, educated society and understands that team-working leads to great success.
On a day-to-day basis, loves to put into practice healthy habits, he considers, a healthy mind and a healthy body are of paramount importance to our life.
Noelia Aranda Miguel
Noelia Aranda Miguel is from Spain. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, specialized in Speech, Hearing and Language.
She has been teaching for 7 years in the Spanish Public Education System. She decided to move to Minnesota to share her culture and teach her mother tongue to young learners, and improve her skill teaching Spanish as second language.
During the last few years, she has gained considerable experience as a teacher and language specialist teaching multiple levels ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to K-12