Mandarin Instructor

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Mrs Fen, we know how much you loved to teach and share Chinese Culture and Mandarin with our students. You will always be part of our school and hearts. We will always remember the songs that you taught us and celebrate the blessing of having you as part of our team . XIE XIE Mrs Fen . 我们爱你
Rest in peace

Country of Origin: Changsha Hunan Province China
Education: Changsha University B.A. – Tourism hotel management and senior human resources management

Fen Peng came from the beautiful “Star City” – Changsha China. Changsha is a large city with 11 million people. They are known for hot and spicy Chinese food. Fen’s professional career had been in tourism and hotel management as a restaurant manager for a large hotel in Changsha. Prior to this Fen was the Human Resource Manager for the owners of the hotel. A large part of Fen’s job focused on education and training for their employees.

In Fen’s personal time she used to like to read Chinese literature and study her ancient Chinese culture. Fen was very proud of her Chinese culture. Fen came to the Unites States in 2014 and moved to Naples, Florida. Fen moved to Ave Maria in 2015. Fen liked Ave Maria very much because of the nice people and the clean air here. Fen spent a lot of her free time studying about America and improving her English speaking. Fen was a warm and cheerful person and loves teaching children.

Sadly, she passed away in May of 2019.  We will truly miss her.


Director, School IB Coordinator & Teacher

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Lifelong Learner
Divergent Thinker
Passionate Educator
Global Mindset
celebrate inclusion and diversity
creativity and integrated technology

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Country of Origin: Chile
Education: BA in Education, Montessori Certified,  Reggio Emilia Study weeks Certifications & Master Administration in Education

Alexandra Castro received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile , the nation’s premiere university for early childhood education. Then, after having taken a short course in Montessori teaching, she decided to further her studies with a post-graduate Montessori course at Seton Montessori Institute, in Chicago Illinois. At SMI she earned a degree in Montessori teaching for 3-6 years old children. Alexandra is very proud of the fact that she learned English, her second language, as an adult during her time in Chicago and not as early as she would have liked. This experience has helped her empathize with the children & Families as they learn their own second language.

Alexandra has been a member of the American Montessori Society since 2000 and has visited many international schools including an enriching experience in China. For the past 15 years she has participated in a variety of IBO accredited PYP workshops & IB Conferences as a Local Arrangement Committee Member in Texas and Mexico. She has gained expertise and understanding of different methodologies such us WaldorfHigh Scope, and Reggio Emilia. Her interest in Reggio Emilia resulted from her attending “The Hundred Languages of Children” exhibition and reading the book by the same name. Alexandra has continued to learn about Reggio Emilia and has visited the pre-schools in Italy and their new primary school.

Alexandra has 26 years of teaching experience at the early childhood level as well as several years in education-related, non-profit organizations. She has taught in her second language throughout her career. She taught for 15 years in a bilingual kindergarten at Santiago College in Santiago, Chile. Santiago College is an internationally renown school accredited by the IB and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). During her time at Santiago College she was actively involved in the school’s PYP authorization process with the IBO and was also the CAS Coordinator for the Kindergarten area.

Alexandra was a kindergarten 3 teacher at the International College Spain (ICS) in Madrid, the leading international school in Spain. At ICS she especially enjoyed the stimulation and challenge afforded by the multicultural and multilingual families. In any one year there have been up to 10 different languages spoken in Alexandra’s classroom and English has been not only the second, but the third or even fourth language spoken by an individual student. For the last 4 years Alexandra has also carried the position of PYP Spanish Coordinator. She organized and led the Spanish teaching staff in preparation for the 2008 evaluation visit by the IBO which resulted in a commendation by the same organization for the school’s performance and continued quality improvements.

Prior Ave International School, she was a founder Teacher, IB coordinator and Deputy Head of School at The Magellan International School. She feels a strong affinity to the Magellan International School’s focus on a multicultural, multilingual IB program.

In a classroom with Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches, where parents are encouraged to participate in a very open and warm atmosphere and where “Learning will happen among happy, motivated and thoughtful children.” Alexandra will encourage children to be tolerant and respectful people who, with their knowledge, will be equipped to take action.

Alexandra’s interests are education, travel, cooking and being a mom. She has been able to indulge her passions by studying about different teaching methodologies and traveling overseas meeting different PYP schools and teachers in China, Mexico, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Austria, Mexico and Greece, among others. Her plans for the future are to continue her studies into Special Needs education, specializing in Feuerstein cognitive enrichment program.

Alexandra is looking forward to contributing her energy, creativity, and experience and is delighted to be a founding member of Ave International School. She is committed to contributing to  AIS community in setting a strong foundation for future growth and success.


Founder Sports Coach

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Sports Coach

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Country of Origin: Berlin, Germany.
Education: Bachelor of Arts: Major in Economics, Minor in Science of Exercise

Elias has been coaching all age groups since 2010. He has acquired a great Tennis knowledge by coaching and learning from the very renowned German Tennis player Boris Becker and Nic Marshand, former Novak Djokovic’s Assistant Coach.

During the last summers, he has worked as a tennis coach in several Tennis Camps in Berlin, Germany. Giving private lessons, group lessons and organizing tennis summer camps.

This past summer he had the privilege to stand in  for the head coach of one of the biggest clubs in Berlin Zehlendorf, “Tennis Club Z88”. Zehlendorf88

He participated at Zehlendorf Club from 8am to 9pm. working with different age & tennis levels as well as developing some organizational responsibilities.

He started playing tennis at the age of eight. Since 2002, Elias was placed first, Second or third in 28 tournaments through out his career. His biggest victory was to win the Berlin championship in 2006.

In addition, Elias has been playing for Ave Maria University Tennis team for the last three years.  He has always obtain, either the first or second position. This last season was his most successful one with a record of 11-4.
Elias is very excited to be part of Ave International School as a founder Sports coach. He believes that having an active lifestyle promotes a lifetime of good health.

He feels very aligned with AIS international vision and Holistic & integrated curriculum.

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  • It’s so easy to fall into the pattern of giving answers. But how valuable it is to wonder together, when none of us necessarily knows the answer.

  • Education, for most people, means trying to lead the child to resemble the typical adult of his society… But for me, education means making creators… we have to motivate inventors, innovators, …

  • L’ education est votre arme la plus puissante pour changer le monde.

  • On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

  • 学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆

  • Travaillez pour une cause , pas pour des applaudissements. Vivez la vie pour vous exprimer et non pour impressioner. Ne vous évertuez pas à vous faire remarquer , faites juste sentir votre absence.

  • Good Readers Are Active Thinkers, Not Passive Listeners

  • On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.