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Marlene Carvajal

Country Day School - Marlene Carvajal

Spanish Teacher

In 1991, I started working as a Spanish Language teacher at the British Institute. Thanks to this work, in 1994 I traveled to England as an assistant of the Spanish as a Second Language Program in the United Kingdom, at Exeter College and at Honiton Community College; where I developed a great enthusiasm for my future profession and the opportunity to be in contact with teenagers and young adults who were interested in learning the language.


In 1999 I worked as a consultant in the area of Spanish as a Second Language on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, in a project to support education for the European Union and the Government of that country. In this project, I was closely linked to the Nicaraguan educational reality and the work of the Atlantic Coast of that country. From these experiences, I continued with my aspirations to carry on working at an intercultural level.

In June of 2000, I began my work as a Spanish teacher in high school, at the Country Day School. During this time I have participated in training workshops inside and outside the school, in order to update myself in the modern techniques of teaching and learning. In addition, on several occasions, I have been the coordinator of the Social Service Club and I have taught the AP Language and Spanish courses for the Costa Rican Baccalaureate.

With my work experience of twenty years and academic training of postgraduate studies in Linguistics and a master’s degree in Teaching, I consider that I can contribute positively to the Country Day School, where I have grown up as an integral person. As a teacher, I have developed the ability to communicate effectively, particularly with teenagers. Also, I have acquired learning strategies that have helped students achieve academic success and the motivation to accomplish their goals. I really enjoy the personal relationship with young people, where there is a space to feel, intuit and express ideas freely. I always like to collaborate and share with my co-workers. I deeply believe that each human being must commit to promoting an atmosphere of respect, open dialogue, and group cohesion. Also, I support the commitment towards excellence and I keep an open mind towards the implementation of new projects and ideas with which our society can be improved.