Meet Our Tartans

Isabela, Early Childhood Teacher

Meet Isabela, one of St. Margaret’s dedicated, passionate, expert St. Margaret’s teachers. Spend time with Isabela in her early childhood classroom, as she and her students move to the Outdoor Classroom, and witness the progression from Preschool to the Lower School and beyond. Hear her heartfelt commitment to her students, to teaching and learning and to the vibrant learning community at St. Margaret’s. Isabela’s is just one vibrant story of the “everyday” experience at St. Margaret’s.
“Working with our excited and energetic students in this vibrant learning community every day is an absolute joy and a privilege.”

About Isabela

  • Years teaching: 26
  • Years teaching at St. Margaret’s: 6
  • Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Pacific Oaks College
  • Masters of Arts, Human Development, Pacific Oaks College
Credentials/Certificates/Memberships:
  • Early Childhood Education; Certificate
  • Commission of Teacher Credentialing; Child Development Program Director Permit
  • North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC)
Guest Lecturer: Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, Cerritos College, City of Irvine

Served as a Mentor Teacher: University of California, Irvine, Irvine Valley College, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

Isabela loves reading, camping with her family and the outdoors. She and her husband have two children who are St. Margaret’s students, grade 7 and grade 3, and began in Preschool.

McKinley, Grade 12

Meet McKinley, graduate of the Class of 2016, who came to St. Margaret’s in Kindergarten and is now a college freshman at Stanford University. Follow McKinley through the course of her everyday as a senior at St. Margaret’s. Visit her classes, sit in on varsity basketball practice and observe as she stage manages the Upper School play. McKinley’s ‘everyday’ is just one student’s path through the wealth of program and curriculum opportunities, experiences and support available to our students so they can discover, explore, learn and grow.
"I am motivated to succeed by teachers and classmates who genuinely want to know me and challenge me to my full potential."

About McKinley

  • Biomedical Engineering Research Intern for UCI Samueli School of Engineering, Summer 2015
  • President, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • National Merit Commended Scholar
  • University of Pennsylvania Book Award Recipient
  • TEAMS Engineering Competition Team, 2014 First Place at USC
  • Two-sport Varsity Athlete
  • Varsity Basketball, Team Captain
  • Varsity Track and Field, Team Captain, CIF Finalist Shot Put in 2015
  • First Degree Adult Black Belt in Karate, Eight-time undefeated USSD Women’s Sparring Champion
  • St. Margaret’s Peer Counselor
  • ASB Community Relations Chair
  • Special Camp for Special Kids Camp Counselor
  • Math Tutor
  • Performing Arts Stage Manager for The Skin of our Teeth, Argonautika, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Assistant Stage Manager for Little Women.
  • Three-time Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards in Photography: 2 Gold Awards, 3 Silver Awards, 2 Honorable Mention
An independent preschool through grade 12 college-preparatory day school in Orange County, California