Meet Our Staff

    • Joanna Fuentes
      Program Manager

      Joanna Fuentes

      Program Manager

      I have a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Mildly Impaired children, an Early Education and Care License, and several certificates in early childhood education. I have been working with IBA since 1999 and love that I am able to provide quality service to various families and I have the power to contribute to the education of the children. My favorite part of my work is seeing the smiles on each child’s face.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, EEC License, LTP, DI, DII
      • Class Educator:
        Program Manager
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        Spending time with Family,Going to Church
    • Valerie Laboy
      Teacher Bohío Classroom

      Valerie Laboy

      Teacher Bohío Classroom

      I have my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and my Early Education and Care License. I’ve been working as a preschool teacher since 2010 and I love working with IBA because they empower the community by providing programs that strengthen Hispanic culture. My favorite part of my work is the loving atmosphere that has been created between staff, children, and families; our environment celebrates diversity, reinforce Hispanic heritage, and preserve the Spanish language.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, EEC License
      • Class Educator:
        Bohío Classroom (Ages 2.9 – 3.5 years)
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        Singing, Playing Piano, Teaching Liturgical Dance
    • Merian López
      Teacher Bohío Classroom

      Merian López

      Teacher Bohío Classroom

      I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, my Early Education and Care License, and several certificates in early childhood education. I’ve been teaching since 2006, and love working with IBA because it gives me a chance to give back to the community. I love that it is my responsibility to introduce children to the world of education in a safe and fun environment where they can express themselves creatively, make friends and adapt to spending the day without their parents.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Associate’s Degree in ECE, EEC License, LTP, DI, DII
      • Class Educator:
        Bohío Classroom (Ages 2.9 – 3.5 years)
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        Spending Time with Family, Going to Church
    • Myrna Silvestry
      Teacher Cacique Classroom

      Myrna Silvestry

      Teacher Cacique Classroom

      I have two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Early Childhood Education and a second in Education & Primary K-3. I also have my Early Education and Care License, a license to teach in Puerto Rican Public Schools, a license to teach Spanish K-12 in Boston Public Schools, and I’m studying for my Masters Degree in Spanish Language. I have a passion for teaching children, and IBA’s preschool program gives me an opportunity to teach. My favorite part of work is teaching the children a new concept every day and then they come together in Morning Meeting and show me what they learned.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Bachelor’s of ECE, Bachelor’s in Primary Education, EEC License, License to teach in PR, License to teach Spanish in BPS
      • Class Educator:
        Cacique Classroom (Ages 4.0 – 4.5 years)
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        Studying for my Masters, Spending Time with Family & Friends, Dancing
    • Zenaida González
      Teacher Bohío Classroom

      Zenaida González

      Teacher Bohío Classroom

      I have a Bachelor’s of Arts degree on Early Care and education since 2012.  I Have been working as a preschool teacher for 9 years, since 2008.  My favorite part of my job is working with children in conjunction with their family.  Helping every child develop their individual skills, while helping them acquire new ones and watching their faces of joy when they feel accomplished.  I also love that IBA Preschool preserves the Spanish language.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Bachelor’s of Arts Degree on Early Care and Education
      • Class Educator:
        Bohío Classroom (Ages 2.9 – 3.5 years)
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        Exercise, listen to music
    • Suleidy Alvarado
      Teacher Batey Classroom

      Suleidy Alvarado

      Teacher Batey Classroom

      I have my Associates Degree in Chemistry, and I am studying to obtain my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have Licensed in Preschool Teacher. I began to work in 2018 as a teacher. I like to work with children because they are the future of society. The thing that I like the most about my job is that with love and dedication children learn and feel happy.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Associate’s Degree in Chemistry, Associate’s Degree in ECE, EEC Licensed Preschool Teacher
      • Class Educator:
        Batey Classroom (Ages 3.5 – 4.0 years)
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        I go to church, read and spend time with my family
    • Yasmelyn Fuentes
      Coquí Batey Classroom

      Yasmelyn Fuentes

      Coquí Batey Classroom

      I like to work in the Preschool using my experience and skills to work with our children. They are our future and I like to be part of that.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Associate in Human Services with Criminal Justices, EEC License
      • Class Educator:
        Coquí Classroom (Ages 4.5 – 5.0 years)
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        What I like the most is travel and learn about other countries, be with my family and take care my mom.
    • Sheylianette Merced-Torres
      Teacher Batey Classroom

      Sheylianette Merced-Torres

      Teacher Batey Classroom

      I am studying to get my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I have my license as a Preschool Teacher. I love working with kids. It was something I grew up loving to do. What I love most about my job is being able to care for and love these children as they were my own.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Associates Degree in ECE, EEC License
      • Class Educator:
        Batey Classroom (Ages 3.5 – 4.0 years)
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        I like to spend time with my family, and listed to music
    • Elizabeth Ortiz
      Teacher Assistant

      Elizabeth Ortiz

      Teacher Assistant

      I have a Bachelor Degree in Office System with a concentration in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico. Currently, I am enrolled at Urban College to obtain my certification in Early Childhood Educacion and Care.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        Bachelor Degree in Office System
      • Class Educator:
        Teacher Assistant
      • My Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Hobbies:
        Spend time with my family