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Shauna Gartner

I am Shauna Gartner. I grew up here in West Columbia and graduated from Airport High in 2007. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from College of Charleston. Currently, I am a Special Education teacher at Airport High School. My husband, John, works full-time in the National Guard. We learned about the My Amigos program by seeing all the wonderful pictures in the hallways when we would come to St. David’s. We were so blessed to get a spot in the middle of the year last year. My daughter is currently a 4K student at My Amigos, and it has been incredible to see how well she is embracing and using the Spanish Language. We have been so blessed with the teachers and staff at My Amigos. I am so excited to be a part of the board so that I can spread and promote the awesome things that are happening here at My Amigos!

Bethsaida Márquez Santos

Vice President
My name is Bethzaida Márquez Santos. I was born in 1975 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I completed high school in Ponce, P.R. In 2003 I began studying at the Interamerican University in Ponce in the accounting program. After 3 years of studies, I decided to change my concentration to the field of elementary education. In May of 2006 I graduated with a BBA in Elementary Education. Subsequently, I continued my studies in the same university until I completed a Masters in Elementary Education in May of 2012. I am married to Omar Figueroa and the mother of 4 beautiful daughters, Natasha, Zaery, Kiara, and Nahiryliz. I worked for 7 years in the Department of Education in Puerto Rico as a Kindergarten through third grade teacher. I also worked with different companies tutoring students. Three years ago, I moved to South Carolina, and currently, I reside in Lexington. I worked as a 4K teacher at My Amigos, and I currently work at Palmetto State Armory. I am an active member of the church The Harvest, and I volunteer on the Board of Directors of My Amigos in the position of vice president. I am a humble, noble, respectful, professional, helpful, and friendly person. I like to enjoy my family, friendships, and the blessing that the Lord gives me daily.

Flavia Gibson

My name is Flavia Gibson, and I am a social worker and licensed mental health therapist. I attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with my Bachelor´s in Criminal Justice in 2015. After volunteering at different agencies, I found my passion for social work and decided to return to school. I graduated in 2018 with my Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. I currently work for a non-profit agency providing mental health services and support to children and families who have experienced child abuse. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My family and I moved to the United States in 2001. Over the years and throughout my educational experience, I have learned to value education but more specifically, bilingual education. As someone who did not know the language and had to learn it during middle school at the age of 13, I remember the obstacles I faced and the challenges my family went through. I am honored to serve My Amigos in the capacity that I am because it is a place that brings so many needed opportunities to children and their families. These children are our future, and the future looks bright.