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Performing Arts Department

  • Oscar Valverde - Country Day School

    Oscar Valverde

    Music Teacher

    Oscar Valverde

    I was born in Pérez Zeledón, San José Costa Rica in 1988. I began my music studies at the age of 9 at the School of Symphonic Music of Pérez Zeledón with the saxophone. I studied at the National Institute of Music of Costa Rica where I obtained a bachelor's degree, then obtained a License degree in Music Education at the Open University of Costa Rica.

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  • Marcelo Picado - Country Day School

    Marcelo Picado

    Choir Teacher

    Marcelo Picado

    My greatest happiness is when I conduct a choir. I have been singing in choral groups since I was six years old at school and I have done it consecutively until today. I have always been linked to choral projects, forming part of sacred choirs of spiritual music and gospel. Also since my childhood I have participated in band and orchestra programs, that is why music has always been a very important part of my life.

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  • Country Day School - Fabián Ocampo

    Fabián Ocampo

    String Teacher

    Fabián Ocampo

    Hello! My name is Fabián Ocampo.  I started playing violin in 1989 in the Youth Program of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. At age 13, I began studying electric bass independently. In 2000 I started my studies on the double bass at the National Institute of Music. I have played these instruments consistently for 30 years in different orchestras and groups of diversed musical genres and participated in masterclasses and different camps. I have toured throughout  Europe and the United States performing in concerts and recitals. I currently am the double bassist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Costa Rica which I have been a part for the last 15 years.

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  • Margie Stanfield - Country Day School

    Margie Stanfield

    ELA Teacher

    Margie Stanfield

    Born and raised on a large farm in Virginia, I developed a love for animals and adventures. I didn’t have any brothers and sisters so I learned quite early that imaginary friends and animals were wonderful. I remember telling my first-grade teacher that when I grew up I wanted to be an Indian or a teacher.

    I hold an Associate Arts degree from Anderson College and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Erskine College, both in South Carolina. 

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  • Katia Méndez - Country Day School

    Katia Méndez

    Music Teacher

    Katia Méndez

    I began my teaching career in 1993, at the Yamaha Music School in San Jose, Costa Rica where I was a student. I taught the Electone and Piano courses to 4 and 5 years old children for 5 years. While working, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Preschool Education from the University of Costa Rica.

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  • Country Day School - Angel Rodriguez

    Angel Rodriguez

    Elementary Music Teacher

    Angel Rodriguez

    Hi! I am very excited to be the elementary school music teacher at CDS. I'm from New York City (born and raised) where I grew up speaking Spanish from a very young age thanks to my parents who are from Dominican Republic.

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