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Gabriela Mercado

Gabriela Mercado - Country Day School

English Language Arts Teacher

I’m excited to start this school year since it will be my first year at Country Day School, I may be new to Costa Rica but I’m not new to international  teaching. I have experience teaching in New York City for three years from charter schools to private schools in the inner city, as well as, teaching abroad in China for two years, and in Qatar, the Middle East, for two years.



After receiving my Masters in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from New York University, I decided to discover how education was delivered on an international scale. As a result of my curiosity, I suppose you can say that I have caught the travel bug. Over the past few years, I’ve visited over 30 countries and 6 continents. I’ve found delight in traveling around the world and expanding my horizon, physically and mentally. Learning about new cultures and languages has become a hobby. While I was living in China, I had learned Mandarin and even took the initiative to pass the HSK language proficiency exam. Thus, I have firsthand experience on how it feels to be a foreign language learner in an international setting.

On my spare time, you can catch me boarding a flight to a new country, discovering different areas of my host country on the weekends, especially beaches, meeting new people, keeping up with my friends around the globe, exploring new restaurants, exercising at the gym, and perhaps even finally learning how to surf.