Our Team

Meet our Team

Experienced, professional educators

Our teachers are native and multilingual speakers with extensive experience living, attending school, and working outside of the US. Our academic team members are experts in early childhood education and language acquisition.
All full-time staff is trained in First Aid and CPR.

Katia Edrenkina

Founder and CEO

Raising two trilingual children in San Antonio inspired Katia to found ISSA as a support for other parents raising multilingual children. She calls San Antonio home, but living on three continents taught Katia the importance of breaking language barriers. Katia holds a Master’s degree in finance from Financial University in Russia and a Master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She brings 15+ years of business and entrepreneurial experience to ISSA. 

Prior to founding ISSA, Katia served as Vice President of Customer Success for Rallyware, a SaaS company, and before that as Manager of Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship for Samsung Electronics America, where she developed an award-winning environmental stewardship program for children across the United States.

Mary Field

Head of School

Mary Field holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. Her thesis was focused on language learning in a dual-language Chinese kindergarten. She holds certification from the Chinese Ministry in Education (Hanban) in Mandarin Chinese. She also holds certificates of study from the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, the Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu, and Soochow University in Suzhou. She earned her BA from Fordham University in New York. Prior to joining ISSA, Mary taught in an IB-accredited kindergarten in China and developed other Chinese immersion programs in Austin and San Antonio.
Having spent seven years living in different cities of China—including San Antonio’s sister city of Suzhou—Mary brings a rich understanding of Chinese culture to ISSA.

Caroline Olivares

Academic Director / Spanish Lead Teacher 

Born in Santiago de Chile, Caroline Olivares brings over 10 years of professional teaching experience with a special emphasis in Literacy Education. Teacher by vocation and artist by hobby, she loves painting, drawing, and crafting arts.
Caroline brings extensive knowledge in academic management, curriculum development, and school programs implementation, which she gained during her teaching career in Chile, prior to joining ISSA.
Caroline received Licenciada en Educacion/Bachelor of Education, with specialization in Elementary Education, from Universidad Diego Portales. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Curriculum and Educational Administration from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile and the UNESCO Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education from the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi.

Xiao Wun (Athena)

Preschool Teacher / Mandarin Chinese Lead Teacher

Xiao Wun (Athena) comes to San Antonio from Hong Kong; where she taught Mandarin Chinese for two decades. Originally from Anhui Province, Athena has the highest levels of certification as a Mandarin Chinese teacher from the Chinese government. She is also certified as a National Youth Language Arts Quality Assessor. Her students have won numerous Mandarin Chinese speech competitions in Hong Kong. In addition to her numerous qualifications as a Mandarin Chinese teacher, Athena also holds a degree in music.

Anne-Victoire Bonnamour

Director of Admissions / French Lead teacher

Anne-Victoire comes to ISSA after eight years at the Agnes Irwin School (AIS)—one of the top independent schools in the Philadelphia area—where she taught French in the Middle and Upper school and was Dean of 5th and 6th grades. Prior to AIS, she held teaching positions at UT Austin, Lehigh University, and Montgomery County Community College. Anne-Victoire holds both a BA and MA from the Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III). Born and raised in Lyon, France, Anne-Victoire is thrilled to be in Central Texas with her husband, Fred, and their three children, Romane, Joseph, and Sacha. 

Shuang Hoffer

Elementary Teacher (Mandarin Chinese)

Originally from Sichuan Province in China, the home of Giant Pandas, Shuang has a passion for teaching young children. She started working in our Saturday program and, shortly after, joined our full-time school faculty in 2021. She applies her creative background in event planning and marketing to activities and lesson planning at ISSA. Shuang holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Lydyah El’Natan

Preschool Lead Teacher (French)

Born in Togo and raised in France,  Lydyah is a trilingual teacher with a Masters from the University of Poitiers (France) in Applied Foreign Languages. She has more than 10 years of educational experience in San Antonio, TX. Prior to ISSA, Lydyah taught French at an IB World School in SAISD. Lydyah loves music and singing and incorporates music in her teaching. Her classes are always engaging and fun! 

Carmen Bedolla

Preschool Teacher (Spanish)

Originally from Mexico, Carmen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from the Universidad Autonoma de la Laguna. She brings her extensive experience in psychological counseling to ISSA. Some of her previous and most recent experience lies in teaching children of preschool and elementary age.

Lionel Kayibanda

Preschool Teacher (French) / PE Teacher

Originally from Rwanda, Lionel lived and studied in Belgium and France since he was 6 years old. He attended the University of St. Louis in Brussels, Belgium before moving to the
United States where he graduated from Texas A&M International University in Laredo with a BA in Arts and Sciences. He  worked as youth counselor in the Upward Bound Program prior to joining ISSA. 

Lionel likes history and politics, he enjoys music, plays soccer and is a huge sports fan.

Yinan Chen

Preschool Teacher (Mandarin Chinese)

Yinan is a bi-lingual Mandarin and English speaking teacher. Prior to joining ISSA, she worked as Instructor of Chinese language and culture at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Yinan has been teaching with us since 2021 in our Saturday classes. We are thrilled that she has joined our full-time faculty!

Michelle Bovill

English Language Arts Teacher

Michelle was drawn to ISSA because of her strong interest in language and culture. She spent much of her childhood in Belize and Venezuela and part of her adult life living in India and Morocco.

Michelle has Bachelor’s degrees in Art and Cross-Cultural Studies from Bethany Global University, and she has various child development and English language teaching certificates from University of Pennsylvania: Penn Literacy Network, OHC/Sol Schools International, and the TEFL Academy. She has experience teaching English to preschoolers in multicultural classrooms at Kinder Academy in Philadelphia, and she also taught content based ELL classes focused on US Citizenship to refugees.

Stephanie Maksimenko 

School Operations Director

Originally from France, Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from E.S.G.C.I. In addition to that, she also has a Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing and Management from PA College and an MBA in International Business and Trade from Dublin Business School. She has vast experience in international business development, market research, management, and visual graphic design. In addition to her work in the field of business, she also has experience as a French teacher at the French Cultural Center in Boston.

Tessa Conrad

Marketing Intern

Tessa is our marketing intern from Houston, TX. She is a rising senior at Trinity University who is majoring in Business Administration (concentrated in Marketing) and minoring in Communications. She was matched with us as a summer intern through the Students and Startups program, and she will continue with us through the fall doing part-time marketing work.

Classes Faculty

Anita Sangobong

Originally from Cameroon, Anita is a bi-lingual student at UTSA majoring in Biology and minoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Anita is looking to become a medical lawyer. She has been teaching French at ISSA since January 2021. 

Margot Duque

Margot is a UTSA student, pursuing a bachelor degree in Public Policy with a minor in French. In 2020, Margot spent  7 months in Belgium as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. She has been teaching French at ISSA since September 2020.

Lyudmila Samorodov

Lyudmila is native Russian speaker with extensive experience teaching Russian to children and adults. She has been working with ISSA since January 2021. 

Kelsey Sanchez

Kelsey is a Spanish-English bilingual graduate from UTSA with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. Kelsey has been working with ISSA since summer of 2021.  

Our Board of Directors

We're delighted to introduce our board or directors who are sharing their educational, entrepreneurial, financial, leadership, legal, creative, and marketing expertise on our behalf. Meet our exceptionally talented, highly accomplished board members.

Audrey Brunner

Pattie Davies

Katia Edrenkina

Mary Field

McBride Fu

Andrea Garcia Holmes

Julya Jara

Asel M. Lindsey

Join the Team

The International School of San Antonio offers a unique opportunity for teachers to impact students in a dynamic environment.

Current openings

Type de Poste: Poste à temps plein
Lieu: San Antonio, Texas
Genre de travail: Enseignant(e) d’école maternelle
Salaire:  Concurrentiel; déterminé en fonction des qualifications et de l’expérience
Avantages: L’ensemble complet d’avantages sociaux


Notre enseignant(e) de français organise des activités et des expériences pédagogiques appropriées aux enfants, dans un environnement d’immersion dans la langue française. L’enseignant(e) les aide à réaliser leur potentiel de croissance intellectuelle, émotionnelle, physique, et sociale. Il/Elle permet à ses élèves de développer l’aptitude et les compétences nécessaires à leur socialisation.


Les responsabilités de base comprennent:

  • Préparer par écrit et dispenser des cours conformes aux programmes de l’École. Pouvoir fournir un justificatif de ces préparations à toute réquisition.
  • Tenir compte dans la préparation des leçons de diverses méthodes d’apprentissage des élèves.
  • Planifier et employer les stratégies d’enseignement et d’apprentissage, les activités, le matériel et l’équipement appropriés, qui démontrent la compréhension des méthodes d’apprentissage et des besoins des élèves.
  • Évaluer les méthodes d’apprentissage des élèves et utiliser les résultats pour planifier les activités pédagogiques.
  • Toutes autres tâches éventuelles.

Études & Expérience Professionnelle:

  • Licence d’une université agréée
  • Un Master FLE serait un plus
  • Formation à l’enseignement au préscolaire
  • Deux ans d’expérience dans l’enseignement d’une population diverse d’enfants âgés de 2 à 5 ans.

Connaissances et Compétences particulières:

  • Maîtrise du français qui doit être la langue maternelle du postulant/de la postulante.
  • Expérience dans la planification et la mise en œuvre d’un programme d’études adapté au développement des enfants
  • Capacité à enseigner les étudiants et à gérer leur comportement
  • De grandes compétences en matière d’organisation, de communication et de relations humaines
  • Une expérience précédente en pédagogie active et centrée sur l’étudiant serait un avantage.
  • Avoir une apparence et une attitude professionnelles
  • Avoir l’esprit d’équipe et être flexible pour pouvoir s’adapter à tout changement

Compétences Supplémentaires:
Le postulant/La postulante doit être:

  • Conscient(e) que chaque enfant est unique, capable d’apprendre, et capable d’atteindre son plein potentiel
  • Créatif(ve) et chaleureux(euse)
  • Fiable et ponctuel(le)
  • Patient(e) et réfléchi(e)

Exigences supplémentaires:

  • Immunisations à jour
  • Pas de casier judiciaire
  • Doit avoir l’autorisation de travailler aux États-Unis

Nous accordons de l’importance à:

  • la qualité
  • l’innovation
  • la créativité
  • le travail acharné
  • la diversité, l’équité, et l’inclusion
  • l’optimisme
  • les relations personnelles et les partenariats

Le salaire sera décidé en fonction des qualifications et de l’expérience du candidat choisi/de la candidate choisie.
Pour postuler, envoyez votre CV à l’adresse info@issatx.org.

Job Title
and Description 助理教师 (中文沉浸式的幼儿学校)




Requirements 任职要求

 1. 热爱幼教工作,适宜从事幼教工作;具有较强的学习能力,能够不断学习,提高自身素质。

2. 本科及以上学历,心理学、学前教育、英语教育、对外汉语等相关专业

3.  具有1年以上的幼教工作经验

4. 了解3-5岁不同年龄阶段宝宝发展的基本特点、生理特点、心理发展特点

5. 英语等级证者优先。

6. 必须符合Texas Health and Human Services的要求







 5.经常和家长取得联系,了解幼儿的家庭教育环境 。




Pour postuler, envoyez votre CV à l’adresse info@issatx.org.

The International School of San Antonio seeks a founding English language arts teacher for our lower elementary program. A strong candidate will be well-versed in the science of reading and ready to implement evidence-based reading instruction. He or she will work with the teaching team to reinforce lessons and content taught in the immersion languages. This position is an excellent opportunity to be part of San Antonio’s most comprehensive language immersion school. The International School of San Antonio has a strong track record of promoting from within.

About the International School of San Antonio

The International School of San Antonio is a private school offering comprehensive language immersion education. Our preschool and kindergarten program is for children three to five years old. It helps young people become fluent, confident participants in their worlds, while preparing them for a wider range of future education and career opportunities. Parents can choose the French, Chinese or Spanish track for their children.

In Elementary School, our international curriculum is delivered in a target language of either French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese and English. Students are developing their reading skills in both languages and building their foundational knowledge of math, science, social studies and arts. In each learning area of the lower elementary curriculum, we encourage students to question the world around them.

Job Responsibilities

– Teach assigned subjects to lower elementary students according to curriculum plan
-Plan, prepare, organize, and conduct activities that align with the curriculum
-Ensure the safety and physical well-being of the children,
-Differentiate lesson plans based on age, level of development and learning needs,
– Develop positive parent teacher relationships and promote parent teacher partnerships
– Communicate with parents to inform about their children’s academic progress
-Partner with ISSA colleagues to provide a high-quality learning experience, and ensure continuity across the curriculum
– Use different assessment methods to evaluate student progress, their academic strengths and weaknesses
– Maintain accurate attendance and grade records for each student
-Contribute to a working environment that is friendly, respectful, open and honest,
– Organize the classroom space in a functional, clean, neat and attractive way that encourages children to use materials as independently as appropriate
– Monitor student activities in school premise and ensure safety of every student in the classroom and school grounds
– Attend educational trainings and workshops for professional growth
-Other duties as assigned
-Teachers may need to be able to lift up to 35 pounds


We are looking for an experienced lower elementary teacher who enjoys working in a diverse and international environment. Experience working in international schools, particularly IB PYP authorized schools is strongly preferred.
-Bachelor’s degree in elementary education or related field from an accredited university, master’s degree/teaching certification preferred
-Experience working with a transdisciplinary curriculum framework, designing engaging, student-centered lesson plans
-Clear understanding of stages of child development and the social/emotional needs of children
-Excellent classroom management skills
-Comfortable working in a mixed-age, multilingual classroom
-Second language proficiency preferred
-Must pass a background check

Hours and Compensation

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience and benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to info@issatx.org.

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