Maestra Denise Melton-Todd 

M.A. Education, Early Childhood Specialization

I come from a family of teachers and have dedicated my professional work to various aspects of bilingual education.  I have served as a bilingual elementary teacher in Los Angeles, an instructor for the San Pedro Family Literacy Program, Spanish teacher and Academic Advisor for the BISD Mosaic Home Education Partnership, and most recently, the lead teacher for the newly established El Velero Spanish Immersion Program at Ordway.  Thinking back, I was fortunate to grow up in a bilingual home where language and music were valued.   My childhood was filled with summers spent in Mexico with cousins and grandparents.   I was born in Mexico City, raised in Southern California, but now call Bainbridge Island home.   I can often be seen at little league baseball games, cello recitals, rowing a canoe, gathering blackberries, or dancing “El Osito Gominola” with my students.

Maestra Claudia Reyes,
1st Grade

M.A. Education - Curriculum & Instruction Specialization

I began my teaching career in San Antonio, Texas in August of 1996 after graduating from Our Lady of the Lake University.  I taught a bilingual kindergarten class at Hutchins Elementary for 4 years.  In 1999 I married my husband, Michael, and in May 2000 I joined him in Virginia where he was stationed at the time.  I taught  Kindergarten and First grade for Norfolk Public Schools and in 2004 we moved to Mississippi.  I taught 3rd grade and Kindergarten for three years in Gautier, Mississippi and then moved to North Carolina in 2007.  I taught K-12 ESL for Elizabeth City Public Schools until 2011 when we were sent to Rota, Spain.  While is Spain I taught 2nd and 3rd grade for DGF Elementary School which is a Department of Defense School.  On a personal level, I have been blessed with two great girls McKailey who is 11 and Madeleine who is 7 and three years ago we added a dog to our family.  Tobey, our yellow lab, has become our third “child” and completely taken over our hearts. I like to spend time with my family, bake, and read (mysteries are my favorite!).  My family and I are looking forward to our time here and all the new adventures we will experience.


Mrs. Michele Muffoletto, 
2nd & 3/4 English Teacher


I was born and raised “down the bayou” in south Louisiana, and I am a proud Louisiana State University alumna. My professional background, although a little eclectic, has always had a common theme in education. 

After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, I returned to the United States with a renewed excitement for teaching. Before jumping into the profession, I volunteered for the Lunch Buddy Program at Ordway Elementary and began working with Bricks 4 Kidz (You may recognize me as “The LEGO Lady”). Two years ago, I decided to pursue a Masters in Teaching through Antioch University in Seattle. I was fortunate enough to complete my student teaching right here at Ordway with Mrs. Erin Graham and her 3rd grade class. After graduation, I joined the Ordway team as a classroom paraeducator for the 3rd and 4th grade classes. 

When I’m not at school, you might find me and my family tending to our little farm, kayaking, hiking, or just sitting out on the porch drinking coffee. I am thrilled to be in this profession at this time in my life, and I am grateful to be a part of the El Velero family and the Ordway community. I look forward to partnering with parents and students as we sail on this journey together. 




Maestro Juanjo Pedro
2nd & 3/4  Teacher, Spanish

B.A. Elementary Education, Music Specialization

I come from Spain. Being the youngest son of three children, I was brought up in a bilingual environment, as two languages, Spanish and Catalan, coexist together in my home region. Since childhood I have had a passion for learning languages, and early on I took English and German lessons. I obtained my teaching degree at ‘Universitat de Barcelona’ and since 2007 I've been teaching in a professional capacity in the Spanish public school system to Catalan and Spanish speaking students at mixed ages.

On a personal level, I enjoy writing and performing music, traveling around the world and meeting other cultures. I am glad to have the opportunity to be this year in Ordway Elementary School as an exchange teacher visitor and apply what I have learned in my country to other realities. I am really looking forward to continue learning from this great new experience.