Our Faculty

Pardon our dust, we are updating this page for the new school year.

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Hai Ping Wang

  • Our incredibly vibrant 3-5 year old Mandarin teacher
  • From China
  • Previously worked 6 years teaching in China (Certified with a focus on reading, writing and mathematics), 2 years as a preschool aid, as well as a Sunday School teacher in the Chinese Church of Charleston
  • Along with her husband they have two teenage daughters.

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Annajely Gonzalez

  • The world’s greatest 20 month-28 month teacher
  • Church planter, Sunday School teacher, previous teacher aid at CBA
  • From Phoenix, Arizona


  • 20 month-28 month teacher aid (M-F)


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Rossana Johnson

  • Our wacky Engineer and 3-3.8 yr old teacher (MWF)
  • From Caracas, Venezuela
  • Industrial Engineer (Chevron and Boeing)
  • Spanish and Technology teacher
  • Mother of 3 children under 5!

Ellie Quinn

  •  3-3.8 yr old teacher (THF)

Varynette Rodriguez

  • 3.8-4.5 yr old PreK teacher

Yanna Acosta

  • 3.8-4.5 yr old PreK teacher/aid

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Margarita Hart

  • CBA’s in house linguist, and 4.5 year old PreK teacher
  • From Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Margarita attended a full immersion in German school from K-4 through High School 
  • She received training in linguistics and language learning. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education
  • Experience as Spanish teacher and Preschool Sunday School teacher
  • Margarita and her husband Roger have two adult children: a son and a daughter

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Ingrid Escobar

  • CBA’s veteran, puppeteer and Kindergarten teacher
  • From Caracas, Venezuela
  • Majored in administration and marketing
  • Musician, worked in marketing (TECSYS), and as a Sunday school teacher, and is starting her 4th year at CBA
  • Ingrid and her husband have a son and a daughter, both of whom are violin virtuosos. Karen will attend Furman on a full ride!

Teia La Porte 

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  • Our multilingual expert and Kindergarten assistant
  • From Conceicao do Araguaia, Brazil
  • Graduated as a teacher in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Acy de Barros Technical School, Brazil. She also has a degree in International Business.
  • Previously worked 4 years as a History and Geography teacher at public schools in Brazil, 3 years working as a voluntary translator for cancer patients
  • Currently serving in the Army National Guard as a Chemical Specialist
  • Teia and her husband, Sergio, have two daughters: Barbara age 18 and Gabriela age 5

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Rosa Maria Cabrera

  • 1st-2nd multigrade teacher Extraordinaire and Homeschool Teacher
  • From Caracas, Venezuela
  • 33 years experience as an elementary teacher, coordinator, and school psychologist
  • Rosa Maria and her husband have 2 daughters, a son and 3 grandchildren (And one more on the way)


Shambra T. Pellum

  • Music Teacher
  • Minister of Music and Children at Friendship Baptist Church
  • Graduated with a degree in communications, and operatic performance
  • 15+ years’ experience as a performer, 5 years’ ministry and music education experience
  • Shambra is married and has three daughters.


Leah Millan

  • Administrative Assistant, substitute
  • From Huntsville, Alabama
  • B.A. in elementary education and previously taught 2nd grade
  • Along with her husband and 5 children, Leah has worked with their church plant Iglesia Bautista de Northside Baptist, for the last 10 years

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Manuel Cabrera

  • Business Manager (and Karate sensei)
  • 35+ years experience as civil engineer/architect/business owner
  • National Karate Champion (5th Dan)
  • Manuel and his wife (Rosa Maria) have 2 daughters, a son and 3 grandchildren

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Ana María McCaa

  • Long term substitute
  • From Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Masters in Education
  • 42 years of experience teaching Spanish in the US
  • Has a son, daughter and 4 grandchildren