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Elementary School

We are proud to recruit the best teachers who are committed to nurturing and inspiring every child they care for.

  • Country Day School - Monique Russell

    Monique Russell

    Curriculum Coordinator for Early Childhood and Elementary

    Monique Russell

    I am excited to begin my second year at Country Day School and first year as the Curriculum Coordinator for Early Childhood and Elementary. I've had the opportunity to teach learners of all ages, from prekindergarten to adult. Before coming to Costa Rica from Washington, DC area, I worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, teacher mentor, adjunct professor, and educational consultant.

    I studied Studio Art and Art Education at University of Maryland before completing the Inspired Teacher Certification Fellowship in Early Childhood Education and earning my M.A.T. from Trinity Washington University. I love learning through inquiry and investigation. 

    Outside of school, I love spending time with my family. My husband, Ty, is a DJ and music educator, and our three-year-old son, Luka, loves outer drums and dinosaurs. At home, we play music, dance bachata, and cook together. I also enjoy hiking, making art, reading, and traveling.

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  • Country Day School - Alexandra Cova

    Alexandra Cova

    Primary Counselor

    Alexandra Cova

    I am excited to start working as a Primary Counselor at Country Day School with a wonderful group of veteran faculty members.

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  • Monin Urroz - Country Day School

    Monin Urroz

    First Grade Teacher

    Monin Urroz

    While I was studying International Relations at the U.A.C.A. University in San José, Costa Rica,  I was asked to work as a teacher’s assistant at Lincoln School. This prospect was very exciting to me as it meant returning to the school that I had graduated from and held fond memories of. To my surprise, on the first day on the job, I realized that I had found my true passion. 

     

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  • Gabriela Cubero - Country Day School

    Gabriela Cubero

    Elementary School Assistant

    Gabriela Cubero

    I have a Bachelor's Degree in Bilingual Preschool Education from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. After graduating in 2007, I started working at Country Day School as a Teaching Assistant. I have worked with all levels of Early Childhood. This 2020 will be my first year working in Elementary School.

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  • Amie Knott Country Day School International School Costa Rica

    Amie Knott

    First Grade Teacher

    Amie Knott

    I have been working at Country Day School since 2014 teaching Prep and 1st Grade. Here I have enjoyed combining the elements of each teaching style into my classroom, becoming more confident in my own eclectic style of teaching. 

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  • Mariana Ojeda. Country Day School

    Mariana Ojeda

    Elementary School Assistant

    Mariana Ojeda

    After studying Early Childhood Education at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, I began my teaching career in 1995, in a small Montessori school in San José, Costa Rica. I instantly fell in love with Montessori Education, so I trained with the Pan-American Montessori Society in Costa Rica and got my Montessori Certificate in 1997. For the next 12 years, I taught using the Montessori method and later trained and guided teachers in implementing the Montessori Education in different private schools in Costa Rica.

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  • Paola Chavarría - Country Day School

    Paola Chavarría

    First Grade Teacher

    Paola Chavarría

    Hi! My name is Paola Chavarría I’m from Costa Rica. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Preschool Education, and a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, and a Postgraduate Degree in Learning Disabilities from Universidad Veritas.

     

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  • Rocío Rivas - Country Day School

    Rocío Rivas

    Elementary School Assistant

    Rocío Rivas

    Aloha! My name is Rocio Rivas, I am from one of the most beautiful countries in the world: Costa Rica!

    I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Preschool Education from Universidad Metropolitana.  

     

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