Director of Preschool and Primary

Priscilla Alvarado

My name is Priscilla Alvarado, since I was a little girl, I knew my life was going to be surrounded by children who will fill my days with joy, knowledge and love. My higher education was at the University of Costa Rica, where I could develop two big passions for me which are Arts and Education. I obtained academic degrees in both of them. I first started working in education back in the year 1988 at Metodista School. In 1988, I began working for IEM and then in 2012, I began working at Saint Gregory. I worked first as a teacher and in 2013 as the Elementary Coordinator. During all these years in the administrative area, I have also been actively working as a teacher, giving support to students and teachers and also learning from them.

Saint Gregory has been part of my family since 1999 when my daughter began her academic life. All through my years of teaching, I have worked with children from all ages from preschool to high school, and I have had the opportunity of growing as an educator in both areas, artistic and academic.

Preschool Coordinator

Mariell Pineda

My name is Mariell Pineda Alvarez and i have eight years of experience in education, six of those years have been dedicated working in Saint Gregory. Some years ago I finished my studies in preschool education at the Universidad Latina, but I’m always willing to learn more.

Sports Coordinator

Marcela Reyes

My name is Marcela Reyes Jiménez. I have a degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Physical Education graduated from the Universidad de Costa Rica and the UNED. I have 18 years of experience in teaching preschool, primary and secondary school, as well as a University professor at the Universidad Internacional de las Americas.

I have 18 years of experience as a coach of institutional cheerleading teams and national cheerleading teams during 4 processes, in which we participated in the Cheerleading World Cup in the United States. I started as a cheerleader from third grade all the way through the Ulatina and UCR university processes. As a coach, I started in 2003 at the Liceo Laboratorio, 15 years as a coach at the Methodist College which has been within the first 3 places in recent years and Grand Champion in 2016.

In addition, in 2019 I was a coach of Juegos Nacionales representing the Montes de Oca committee obtaining First place.

I am an internationally certified trainer with courses from the ICU (International Cheerleading Union).

I have had the opportunity to attend International Cheerleading Championships and Camps.

I am very excited and happy to be a part of the Saint Gregory Family as a Sports Coordinator, Cheer Coach, and High School and Online Teacher. And thus achieve great sports and wellness projects since sport is a great benefit for our students at a sports level, but also spiritually, mentally, teamwork and dicipline development.

Teacher

Melissa Mora

My name is Melissa Mora Solís and I´m 22 years old. I have worked as a Preschool teacher since 2016. I describe myself as a creative and outgoing person. I´m always ready learn from new experiences and to be constantly improving. At 2016 I was hired on a school for the first time. There, I was the headteacher of a Prekinder and a Kinder level. In 2017 I worked in the same place, as the headteacher of a Kinder group. Besides, I was the English teacher of the whole school.

Teacher

María Teresa Canzanese

My name is María Teresa Canzanese. I have been working with kids for the last six years and this is my first year working in Saint Gregory. I finished my studies in 2017 specializing in Early Childhood Education. Teaching is my passion, being a mentor and guide in their personal and educative growth fills me with pride and joy. I love working with them every day!

Teacher

Viviana Chen

My name is Viviana Chen, I have been working in bilingual preschool for 6 years, and this is my second year in the SGS family. In 2018 I finished my studies at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica with a Master’s degreee in Psychopedagogy. I am passionate about aducating children and shape them for the future along with their families to educate integral human beings and emotionally strong.

Teacher

María José Paz

My name is María José Paz. I have worked with kids for five years and this is my first year working at Saint Gregory School. Working with kids fills me with joy and teaching from the heart is the most important element in education.

Teacher

Fiorella Hernández

My name is Fiorella Hernández López. I have 5 years working as a teacher, this is my first year working here in Saint Gregory School and it’s been a wonderful experience. Being a teacher is my passion, I feel fulfilled as a professional and completely satisfied with my job every single day. Being surrounded by children makes me happy.

Spanish Teacher - Preschool assistant

Verónica Brenes

Preschool Assistan

Fabiola Quirós

My name is Fabiola Quirós, I recently finished my studies on Bilingual Preschool Education at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. I have 6 years of experience working with children, what I’m really passionate about is supporting and accompanying them in all areas of their development. My main goal is to create positive, empathetic and fun environments that nurture their knowledge and growth.

Physical Education Teacher

Adolfo Centeno

I’m a college graduate in Physical Education and federated soccer coach. I have been working at SGS for 5 years now as the PE teacher for Preschool and Elementary school. I am also the soccer and badminton coach.
I get along with all my students and love to transmit my knowledge to them when playing sports.
I have experience in the minor league soccer, national champion in the LINAFA Tournament, and I have my own soccer academy.

Artemania Teacher

Diana Rivera

My name is Diana Rivera Gómez, I am 33 years old, I have a degree in Special Education with an emphasis on learning disabilities, I also have knowledge in Arts and interior decoration. I consider myself a very creative person, since I love making crafts with all kinds of materials, textures and more.

Since I was little I always wanted to be an educator thanks to the great example I have from my mother, without a doubt it is the best job there is.

Currently I have experience in Industrial Arts, in Artemania classes, and Special Education, I love teaching and I love what I do.

My goal in this club is for the kids to bring out that artist inside them and realize how capable they are and how wonderful it is to create and have fun at the same time.

IT Teacher

Kevin Quesada Arias

I have a degree in Systems Engineering from the UAM. I am currently finishing my Master’s thesis in Education with a specialization in ICTs in Education, UNINI México and Universidad Europea del Atlántico. I also have a degree in Theology and I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Bible-Theology at Global University. I also serve as general co-patron at the Casa de Misericordia y Restauración church in Cipreses de Curridabat and as a mentor of theological courses and deputy director at the Virtual Theological Seminary.
I have been working at Saint Gregory for more than 8 years, where I work as an I.T. teacher for 1st to 11th grade, Programming and Chess club as well as TISG teacher for IB. Additionally, I am in charge of the Technology department of the institution and the administration of Cloud Campus.

I am a musician, I have been playing bass for 10 years. I love reading. Among my favorite books are: The Bible, John Maxwell, J.R.R. Tolkien and Covey. I collect scout badges (I was a receiving member for 11 years) and I am currently a prosecutor for group 210 of the Guides and Scouts Association of Costa Rica.

French Teacher

Maritza Quirós

Since I was fifteen I have followed my passion to teach as a catechist in my parish and I had no doubt that it would be forever. I studied French Teaching for primary and secondary at the University of Costa Rica and I have a degree in Educational Administration. In my 17 years of teaching experience I have collaborated in private schools, Ministries of Public Education and the French Alliance. I love music, dancing, singing, plants, social action and the joy of children. I have been part of the Saint Gregory family since 2002 and have worked as a preschool, primary and secondary French teacher, logistical support in the Ecological Blue Flag, first aid and primary and secondary catechesis.

Swimming teacher

Andrea Salas Fournier

My name is Andrea, I am 24 years old, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, sports and recreation from the Universidad Nacional and I am pursuing a degree with an emphasis in teaching.

I began to be interested in physical activity from a very young age, I practiced different sports, especially cheerleading and swimming, where I had the opportunity to compete outside the country.

Currently, I have experience as a swimming, gymnastics, soccer and cheerleading teacher and coach. I have worked with different types of population such as babies, children, teenagers and people with disabilities.

My life goal is to share with people the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, taking care of the 3 homes we have, our body, our mind and our planet Earth.

Basketball Teacher

Juan Daniel Lobo

I am 27 years old, I am from Guadalupe de Cartago. I am a Physical Education Teacher. I am very passionate about dance, I am a CardioDance instructor and Popular Dance Teacher, I promote physical activity through games, sports and recreational activities.

Teacher

Jessica Varela Madrigal

My name is Jessica Varela Madrigal, I am 29 years old and I live in Curridabat. I have been a choreographer and dancer for approximately more than 12 years, I have been a dancer of hip hop, popular dance, and modern dances which have helped me develop my professional part in the field. I have participated in several Student Festivals (FEA) with different dance groups from Schools and Colleges nationwide, thus obtaining the first places in the last five years for the Student Arts Festivals in categories of National and International Folkloric Dances, I am currently a Costa Rican Inspirations dancer, with which the next February 2022 we will be traveling to Oman to represent our roots and customs, for me it is an honor to belong to this institution as an instructor not only of dance but also of values, idiosyncrasy, respect and love for our neighbors.