Meet The ELLA Studio Team of Educators


Nicole Teyechea McNeil, PhD

As the Director and Pedagogísta, has her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s in Bilingual Education. She is a national consultant on teaching students a second language. She has experience as a professor of bilingual education and early childhood at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. Dr. Teyechea McNeil has served as a Spanish immersion preschool founder/director, primary school teacher, secondary school teacher, curriculum coach, English Learner facilitator, Director of Second Language Acquisition, Council Member for First Things First  and state coordinator for teacher evaluation and embedded professional development at Arizona State University. She loves the arts and playing with her three year old son, Michael, and five year old daughter, Ella.

Noelle Mendoza Pinto, Director
Directora Noelle Mendoza collaborates with the educators and the school community to provide fun, creative and engaging opportunities that will reinforce the development of English and add the Spanish language acquisition. She has a deep understanding of the Reggio Approach and working with children using Conscious Discipline. The children have nicknamed her Maestra Nina. She is a caring, professional and passionate educator. Maestra Noelle has over ten years experience working with young children and enjoys reading, traveling and watching cooking shows. Her husband, Israel, designed our logo.

Crystal Garcia-Lindquist, Co-Director and Conscious Discipline Support Teacher
Maestra Crystal Garcia-Lindquist is teaching our Orugas classroom made up of 2 year olds. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. Crystal completed the Harris Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Certification which is a 2 year program designed for mental health clinicians and graduate students. Her 12 years of experience working with children birth to 5 years old brings many benefits to the ELLA Studio community. “I love to see the positive relationships form in the classroom among the children and adults. I love how children are pre-wired to learn. Every moment of the day they are taking in their world and learning something new. They are little scientists that do not stop researching the world around them. They are eager to learn the minute they step into the classroom. It is such an amazing process!!” says Crystal. When not investigating with young children she enjoys anything that involves her family including her 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter.

Montserrat Camacho, Public Relations and 2 year old teacher

Maestra Montse graduated from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She is integral to educating the community on the benefits of Spanish Immersion at a young age and the Reggio-Emilia approach as the method used to engage young children in developing a second language early in life. Montserrat Camacho was born and raised in Mexico and loves teaching young children her native language. She loves traveling, cooking and learning about different cultures and language.

Cindy Eldard, 3 to 5 year old teacher

Maestra Cindy is leading the Mariposa class made up of 3 to 5 year olds. She studied Education and Cultural Diversity. She has 13 years of experience teaching literacy and language in both English and Spanish. Cindy is service oriented. She taught leadership and provided humanitarian service for almost 2 years in Peru. She is the youngest of four girls and enjoys hiking, art, learning through play and spending time with her two daughters.

Karla Marion Duran, 3 to 5 year old teacher

Maestra Karla has a passion for the environment and is studying Business Sustainability at ASU. She works with Maestra Cindy providing the Mariposas with fun, engaging and creative learning opportunities in Spanish. Karla Duran is trilingual and passionate about cultures and language. She enjoys sharing her native language with young children at the ELLA Studio. Karla loves being outdoors, traveling and learning new things.

ELLA Studio has the following openings, please email resume and availability to

2 year old teacher: Must be bilingual and have extensive experience working with 2 year olds

Enrichment teacher: Must be bilingual and have extensive experience teaching Spanish to children ages 5 and up