English as an Additional Language and Resource Teacher, Communications Manager

A little bit about me...


Hi! My name is Maria Elisa Vannoni. I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I pursued studies in Psychology in Rome (Italy) and have lived in Panama City since 2015. 

During the past five years, I have worked at local and international schools in Panama. I've had the opportunity to work in Early Learning, Primary, and Secondary School, being in contact with children and adolescents within all age ranges. Through different roles I've discovered how Education and Psychology can meet to promote the academic, behavioral, and emotional skills of students with learning differences.

Additionally, by building strong and secure relationships with my students I've learned that positive teacher-student relationships, school-wide social emotional learning and a supportive school climate can have a tremendous impact on the wellbeing of the student population, its love for learning, and its ability to build resilience. I believe that every teacher, coach, counselor, and staff member has the responsibility to become a positive role model for students and to see this as an opportunity to have a positive impact on their lives.


English as an Additional Language Program

Goals of the program 

  • Provide quality instruction to students who are identified as EAL learners.
  • Develop language proficiency skills to facilitate access to grade-level content through intervention in the four language domains (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Inclusion criteria for students invited to the EAL Program

  • Students with low English Proficiency levels according to WIDA Model.
  • Students needing one-to-one or small group instruction selected on a case-by-case basis.


  • Students will receive language instruction outside the classroom two-times per week through pull-outs during ELA, Mandarin, or other lessons decided on a case-by-case basis.
  • WIDA’s framework and guidelines, and the Picture-Word-Inductive-Model (PWIM) will be used as our main reference for the development of the program. To learn more about WIDA you can visit their website by clicking here.


Other than teaching, I also work in the Communications and Marketing Department. 

At Boston School International parents receive a weekly newsletter on Thursdays called the “Boston Howl”. I manage school communications through it by creating the editorial outline, writing and editing content, and monitoring news-gathering.