Scott D. Bogard
Founder & Headmaster
Brigit L. Bogard
Directress of Learning
María José Mesen Molina
María José is Costa Rican and originally from San Isidro, but she lived in Florida, United States for 15 years. She currently lives in Uvita, and loves it! María José has been in the field of education for over 7 years as an English teacher, but she also has a deep love for business and administration, especially as it relates to education. She reads, speaks, and understands English at a high level. At the top of her agenda is getting UCA up to date with all current requirements from the Ministry of Education (MEP). This way, students who need a Costa Rican high school diploma can earn it! She is very compassionate, empathetic, and eager to be part of the learning process even if it is from the front office! In her free time, María loves to read about world history and biographies/autobiographies, but she also enjoys a good fictional novel from time to time! She spends lots of time with her dachshund and her family outdoors. As a personal goal, she will help to make learning easy and fun for both the teachers and students of UCA!
UCA Office Manager
Jennifer Solano Delgado
Karen Rebeca Jimenez Villalobos
Rebeca is extremely excited to join the staff and teachers of UCA! She is currently studying English, and teaching English as a second language, at the Universidad Latina in Ciudad Neily. She carries a deep sense of responsibility for making sure her students are learning, and is highly committed to her work in the classroom. Rebeca’s teaching style is pro-active – she works hard to identify weaknesses in learning, so that she can teach along those lines before minor problems become major problems. In addition, Rebeca has experience working in customer service in several hotels and lodges, including her family’s lodge, in the southern zone of Costa Rica; therefore, she knows and understands the English language quite well. Some time ago, she volunteered at a school in Puerto Jiménez where she worked with kindergarten children. It was during this time that Rebeca realized she wanted to become a full-time teacher. Above all, Rebeca loves children, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and understanding with those who need to learn.
Miss Tania Soto enjoys working with kids and is excited to be joining the UCA family! Tania received her Associates Degree in Business Management from Robert Morris College located in Chicago, Illinois. She also received her certification to teach English as a foreign language from the International TEFL Academy in Chicago, Illinois and taught English as a learned language to adults at Life Bridge ESL in Austin, Texas. Tania has extensive experience teaching gymnastics for boys and girls up to age 16 and sponsors an after-school gymnastics club at UCA. She has personal goals to encourage and engage students in speaking, writing, and listening. She also enjoys the different dynamics of teaching reading and math skills, while at the same time appealing to diverse learning styles.
Jr. High School
Miss Brittany is honored to be a part of UCA’s Staff! She has enjoyed teaching in the state of California for the past 4 years. While there, she had the pleasure of working with special needs children – she was an early intervention specialist, and loved it. Her family is so happy to be in Uvita and they are grateful to call this beautiful country their home! Her passion is guiding students toward reaching their full potential in the classroom, and as members of the community. Her goal is to keep students engaged and interested in math, reading, and writing. Personally, she enjoys yoga, running, and going to the beach with her husband and two boys, who also attend UCA. “Uvita Christian Academy is a well-rounded, caring, and informed educational system that I not only have the pleasure of working in, but my boys receive quality education while living in this wonderful community.”
Jennifer Fallas Jara
Science and High School Math
Mr. Mitchell Sexton is from Waynesvile, Ohio originally, and he graduated from Kettering College with his Bachelors Degree in Human Biology. He started developing his passion for teaching during college. It began while helping his friends understand subjects like organic chemistry and physics. He fell in love with the feeling of helping others understand difficult concepts and watching the metaphorical “light bulb” turn on in their heads. Mitchell is a committed Christian, and in his free time he enjoys exercising and playing all types of sports. He is also an avid musician who enjoys playing classical piano and guitar. Most recently, he taught 7th grade Science in the inner city of Dayton, Ohio. This experience made him realize that education extends beyond simply having knowledge about something. Rather, it begins with one’s mentality. Therefore, according to Mitchell, teaching is a delicate and serious mission field that has the ability to positively change the course of a person’s life. We are excited to welcome him to our UCA team, as he teaches Science classes and High School math.
Jairo Murillo Ruiz
Are you a passionate Christian?…Do you have a degree in education?…Do you follow Jesus Christ?…Have you ever thought about a life different than the one you’re living?…Do you have a passion to teach?…Maybe tired of the daily grind? And want something different?
Perhaps this is your time for change! And to begin a new life…and have a good time doing it!
At UCA, this amazing opportunity awaits you! UCA is a private, Christian school located in the heart of Uvita, Costa Rica along the southern coast of the Pacific Ocean. In the heart of this small town, God is building a school where students learn about Jesus Christ, and receive an excellent education that prepares them for the future.
Along with that, UCA boasts a friendly community of teachers who live, work, and play together – exploring Costa Rica and living their dream to teach in a place that’s off the beaten path!
We are scouting NOW for professional educators who are fun in the classroom and relevant, but who also take teaching seriously! Although we live in a “laid back” place, our approach to education is anything but laid back. Parents and students depend on us daily to give 100% as we train and teach. We focus on the academic performance of our students, but we also take interest in the “whole person,” including social, spiritual, and behavioral needs. We want students to learn how to live and interact in a world that’s constantly changing – our students have to learn how to handle disagreements the right way, how to forgive people who cause pain, and how to “get along” with others who may be different.
Still got your interest? Keep reading, because you’ll be asked to teach with the following things in mind.
You must have…
…A sense of adventure! Uvita is home to a rural community of people, some Tico and some Gringo, merging together from all over the world! We are literally living inside of a primary rainforest! Travelers, pro surfers, and expats love this place because it’s truly where “the mountains meet the sea” – the Pacifiic Ocean! On the flip side, very few roads are paved in our small town, and walking or driving down them is more like walking down a creek bed, where large stones unevenly make up the road. Housing conditions here are different than they are in North America. Sometimes, it’s really hot outside and dusty because there hasn’t been a lot of rain recently. Sometimes, the products you need to buy at the store are sold out, and there won’t be any more for a week. And…there’s no local Wal-mart ready and waiting, open 24 hours…not here!
…The ability to be flexible! Plans change a lot from day to day…we live in an extremely laid back surfing community, where students and families leave school early (or don’t come at all) to catch the next swell. You have to be the kind of person who can change plans suddenly without letting it affect your attitude in a negative way.
…The ability to work with others! You’ve got to be the kind of person who can work with anyone! You can’t be “moody,” or hard to get along with. Sometimes, the heat, a lack of what you’re used to, and a life that, in general, is very different can make you “edgy” and a little cranky! You’ve got to be the kind of person that can carry on in the face of imperfect conditions.
…The ability to “multi-task” in your Learning Center (classroom); you must be able to switch from teaching about one subject to another with ease and comfort. You must be able to retain how our curriculum works, and keep closely in mind all that you learned during our highly specialized Teacher Training.
…Good communication skills! You have to be able to keep in good communication with parents, giving them your personal attention and treating them as important and special. Parents are a priority for our teachers!
…A degree in education, preferably with strengths in English, Mathematics, and/or some field of Science. We would prefer that you speak and understand Spanish, but this is not a requirement. You must be proficient in teaching your own class, and apt in sharing about subjects where you have attained special knowledge or certifications. In addition, you must be able to put lesson plans together, as well as generate your own teaching materials.
If you are interested in being considered for a teaching position please complete the attached application and submit it to Scott Bogard. The application can be saved and edited then emailed. Please let us know what other questions you have.