Mr. Beata has been Director of Uruguayan American School since 2015. Before coming to UAS, Mr. Beata was the Middle School Principal at Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile, a position he held for ten years. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude in English Language and Literature from State University of New York at Stony Brook, an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Mr. Beata began his career in education as a Middle School Language Arts teacher at John Wilson Intermediate School 211 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1997, Mr. Beata joined Nido where he taught Middle School Language Arts, High School English, and directed the summer school before becoming Middle School Principal.
After 13 years of teaching middle and high school and 12 years as a principal, Mr. Sisson was the Director of Principal Support for the Washington State Association of School Principals. He was responsible for the training and professional development of school principals. He has also taught principal preparation course at a local university in Olympia, Washington. Mr. Sisson is excited to return to a principalship in order to work more directly with students and teachers. He holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Public Health Education.
M. VICTORIA PLACERES
Ms. Placeres was appointed Early Childhood and Elementary School Principal in 2016. She has been working at UAS for the past twelve years. Before taking her current position, Ms. Placeres worked as the Elementary School Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Advanced Placement/Testing Coordinator, ELL Secondary Coordinator, and ELL Secondary Teacher. Prior to working at UAS, Ms. Placeres worked at four private bilingual elementary schools in Montevideo and taught Grades 1- 6. Ms. Placeres holds a B.A. in Educational Sciences from Universidad de la República (UDELAR); a Teacher TESOL certification from Trinity College London; a K-12 Leadership Certificate from Kaplan University; and is currently working on her Masters in Educational Leadership at Lehigh University.
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