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Sarah Vargas

Country Day School - Sarah Vargas

Science & Math Teacher

I received my bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from Sonoma State University in Northern California. Prior to teaching in Costa Rica, I taught at a charter elementary school for high-risk youth in Santa Rosa, California. I moved to Costa Rica in 2015 and worked as a middle school science and math teacher at Pan-American School for three years. In addition to my content area focus, I served on an interdisciplinary team that sought to create a caring and safe learning environment supportive of the diverse needs of all students.


This is my fourth year working at Country Day School, where I work at the middle school as a 6th/7th grade science teacher. This move was especially meaningful to me, as I was a student at CDS in Escazú from kindergarten through 6th grade. Several of my past elementary school teachers continue to work at CDS, attesting to the strong community ties within the school. I feel privileged to work within such an uplifting environment. 

I grew up near Alajuela, Costa Rica from ages 4-12 surrounded by the Costa Rican family of my father, and my American mother. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to work in a profession that served others. I am a multicultural child who appreciates the value of diversity in all its forms, and the strength that diversity brings to humanity. I appreciate the simplicity of life in Costa Rica and the cultural emphasis on family. I plan to remain here and raise my son in this beautiful country. In addition to teaching, I love to travel, spend time with my family, go to the beach, sample the local cuisine, and spend time with my dogs!