What is S3?

In Saint Gregory we have a department called: S3 (Student, Support, Service), which aims to provide support, guidance and permanent monitoring of all our students and therefore parents who require it. We have our Psychopedagogue, Carolina Jiménez Bonilla; School Counselor, Carolina González Garita; and our Psychologist, Martha Vallina Ramírez; all of them with extensive experience in the educational field.

This Department is in constant communication with the entire Saint Gregory community, fostering an atmosphere of trust that allows students to approach and freely express their emotions, feelings, concerns and doubts about any topic.

Additionally, we have created a Support Network for healthy coexistence, based on the Anatole Pikas method, which focuses on the following objectives:

  • Allow a deeper knowledge of the student's reality within the classroom and their interaction with the community in general.
  • Enable tools that generate better interpersonal relationships with their peers.
  • Promote critical thinking and assertive communication that maximizes understanding of others, where respect for differences, tolerance and solidarity prevails.
  • Use tools that promote a culture of peace, dialogue and harmony, which will be led by young people who will be selected in each classroom, to shape this support network.

The main purpose of the S3 Department is to create happy, adapted students who can acquire knowledge and develop emotional intelligence that allows them an adequate social ability to face the conflicts and difficulties that life has.

Psychologist

Martha Vallina

I have a degree in Psychology from the Antonio Nariño University (Colombia) and the University of Costa Rica. I have 25 years of experience in the educational area, being a psychologist, academic coordinator, protector of childhood and adolescence and in private care for families, children and adolescents. I have had plenty of professional development on family care, I consider that the emotional bases of the human being are born from this important nucleus, for this reason I work ceaselessly in the promotion and prevention of mental health.

My personal goal is to maintain a constant personal growth, to offer the same to those who are in my environment, applying my knowledge and experience as a psychologist.

The most significant and beautiful thing that exists for me is to be able to share, be an instrument of improvement, guidance and support. Exercising as a Psychologist has allowed me to do it continuously.

Psychopedagogue

Carolina Jiménez

I have a degree on Bilingual Preschool, I worked as a preschool teacher for eight years with children from three months to six years old, I am also a Montessori guide and I had the opportunity to work for five years with all preschool students in the Montessori environment at Saint Gregory .

I have a Masters in Psychopedagogy. For the past nine years I have worked as psychopedagogical counselor in my private office where I give remedial therapy and I evaluate students from different institutions with ages ranging from 6 to 18 years old.

I have a Degree in Educational Administration and a specialty in Early Stimulation, I have worked giving curricular advice to different educational institutions.

I am currently in charge of the Psychopedagogy Area, giving support and monitoring the educational needs of our students at Saint Gregory.

guidance

Carolina González

Guidance Counselor graduated from the University of Costa Rica, with 5 years of work experience in business commercial operations, social responsibility and requirements sought by future employers. Incursion in several artistic and sports disciplines.

Focused on promoting critical thinking, proactivity, assertive communication and teamwork.

Psychologist

Irene Calcáneo

I finished my Bachelor’s Degree and Masters in Educational Psychology at UNIBE.  I have two years working in Saint Gregory School, but in total I have five years working with children. Working with children is my passion!