UCA Staff

Scott D. Bogard
Founder & Headmaster

Brigit L. Bogard
Co-Founder
Directress of Learning


Assistant Administrator

Information Coming Soon!

Consuelo Gutierrez
UCA Office Manager

Consuelo Gutierrez is originally from Nicaragua, and has lived and worked in Uvita for several years. She and her husband love their daughter, Alison, who attends UCA as a student.  Consuelo began her career at UCA as an assistant in the Kindergarten class.  She quickly proved herself, however, to be very valuable and hard working; she was promoted to work as teacher’s assistant in the Elementary class, during that time.  She now has been promoted to the position of Office Manager, and we are glad to have her! For Consuelo, this opportunity is very important.  She shares, “I like children and I love working with them.”

 

Roxana Arguedas Venegas
Lead Teacher
Daycare

Miss Roxana is originally from Perez Zeledon, but has lived and worked in the Uvita community for the last 11 years with her family, her husband, and her daughter. Her family is her greatest treasure! Roxana loves sports, physical activity, and her time at the beach. Her love of sports and physical activity make her the perfect daycare teacher! She loves children and thanks God for the opportunity to teach. She is eager to share all her love with her families and children, and accompany them in learning from her every day.

Joselin Vargas Calderón
Lead Teacher
Pre-Kindergarten

Joselin Vargas Calderón, originally from Bahía Ballena, grew up in and currently lives in the Brisas sector of Bahía Ballena surrounded by mountains. She loves this part of Costa Rica, and is the proud mother of her three-year-old daughter.  The love she knew as a child has helped her to take care of her UCA students with a lot of understanding!

Joselin has always dreamed of being a teacher since the time she was in preschool herself! She currently studies English at the Universidad Latina de San Isidro. When she finishes this degree, she would like to earn her specialization in teaching preschool. Joselin loves working with small children – she has a lot of patience, is very kind toward little ones, and enjoys playing with them.

When she has free time, she likes to go to the beach with her daughter, visit new places, read books, and watch movies. One of her personal goals is to keep learning new things so that she can communicate them with her students!

Orieanna Hartley
Lead Teacher
Kindergarten

Miss Orieanna Hartley, or Orie as she prefers to be called, is from Victoria B.C. Canada. She was raised near the water all her life and has a passion for swimming and being outdoors, which helped encourage her decision to move to Uvita. When Orie was sixteen years old she received her first job as a swim instructor and that helped guide her into her passion for teaching. She obtained her Bachelors of Education in Elementary Education from Vancouver Island University. Orie has gained experience in the classroom working as a substitute teacher for her local school district in Canada. Orie encourages students to learn through meaningful and purposeful inquiry and collaboration, as well as allowing students to understand their personal and social responsibilities. Orie considers herself fortunate to be a lifelong learner and encourages curiosity and creativity in the classroom. 

Jensen Morgan
Lead Teacher
Elementary - 1st Grade

Jensen Morgan is from the great state of Arizona where she graduated with a dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Prior to moving to Costa Rica, she worked in a Special Education classroom where she learned a lot about behavior management, working successfully with different ability levels, and how to effectively run a classroom! Jensen is  beyond thrilled to be teaching at UCA and is grateful that parents trust her to teach and enrich children’s lives!  Jensen loves to swim, and she also enjoys hiking a good trail when it’s not too hot! She likes to bake, play with her puppy, and enjoys any time when she can explore and go on fun adventures! 

Aalyah Lopez
Lead Teacher
Elementary - 2nd and 3rd Grade

Aalyah comes from Spokane, Washington. She has been married to her husband, TJ, for three years, and they are excited to start their lives together in Uvita! For as long as she can remember, she’s had a passion for education and mentoring children. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education at George Fox University. Aalyah also obtained her TEFL certification from the Costa Rica TEFL program, and she gained experience in the classroom working as a substitute teacher for her local school district in Washington. Aalyah strives to make her classes fun and energetic, by building relationships with her students and guiding them to become successful both in and outside of the classroom. Aalyah enjoys using her wide range of skills and experience to create a positive learning environment and to help her students achieve excellence.

MaryBeth VanVeen
Lead Teacher
Elementary - 4th and 5th Grade

MaryBeth comes from a small town in Southwestern Ontario. She inherited her mother’s love for learning and for teaching others. She is a passionate educator who loves creating connections and building community with her students. She has had the privilege to gain her 7+ years of teaching experience both at home and abroad. She has lived and worked in rural Saskatchewan, a metropolis in China, and a small farming community in Ontario. She has most recently been in a K-8 position in her home province of Ontario and is looking forward to engaging in this next adventure in Costa Rica. She is so excited to be coming to UCA and to be getting to know her new students this year!

Abby Artmann
Lead Teacher
Jr. High School - 6th and 7th Grade

Abby comes to Uvita Christian Academy from Texas, where she grew up. During her time as an undergraduate student at Duke University, Abby developed a passion for teaching through tutoring at various schools in Durham, North Carolina. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Abby went on to get her M.A. in Teaching while also teaching 6th and 7th grade math. After teaching math for two years Abby took on a new role at ACES Enrichment Center in her hometown of Austin, Texas working as a teacher and director of the English department. Abby is very excited to be at Uvita Christian Academy and push her students to new levels of excellence in and out of the classroom.

T.J. Trout
Lead Teacher
Jr. High School - 7th and 8th Grade

T.J. was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. He and his wife, Aalyah, who is also teaching at UCA, have been enjoying their new lives in Uvita, Costa Rica . From a young age, T.J. has had a passion for teaching and mentoring youth. Because he comes from a family of educators, teaching has always came naturally. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from George Fox University. After finishing his degree, T.J. earned his TEFL certification through the Costa Rica TEFL program. T.J. has had many teaching experiences, such as working as an instructor at a place called Mathnasium, coaching high school football in the state of Washington, and teaching English both online and in person to ESL students of all ages. He strives to help all students reach their goals, not only in the classroom, but also in their lives. T.J. is super excited to be a part of the UCA team and is looking forward to a great year with his students!

Stephania Langford
Lead Teacher
High School

Derek Metcalfe
Lead Math and Science Teacher
High School

Derek Metcalfe is our Lead Teacher for High School Math and Sciences.  He has been teaching for approximately 29 years in the Canadian public school system, and in several private schools.  He is a devoted lifelong learner with diverse experiences, that have led him from Canada’s military, to medical school, to playing as a professional musician, to education and even to several entrepreneurial endeavors.  His teaching philosophy is grounded in sharing these experiences, and stimulating, motivating and challenging students in order to facilitate an atmosphere of excellence. He works to unlock students’ undeveloped talents, and aid them toward reaching their full potential. Through his involvement in music and competitive sports, he recognizes the value of commitment, dedication and perseverance…Derek strives to link the relevance of these into the classroom.  In his personal life, Derek takes joy in family life with his wife and four children, enjoys personal fitness and is happiest when traveling and participating in outdoor activities.

Rachell Gómez Jiménez
Lead Teacher
Spanish Studies

Rachell Gómez Jiménez is glad to be part of the UCA team! She grew up in Punta Mala de Osa, but has lived in Uvita for just over seven years. Rachell consistently has great desire to improve herself, and she likes to learn new things and work hard. She currently studies education at the Castro Carazo University, in San Isidro, Perez Zeledón. She has a passion for teaching Spanish!

Rachell lives with her 5-year-old daughter, whom she loves with her whole heart!  She also loves the teaching profession, and day after day she gives the best of herself to be able to educate children in a dynamic, fun and effective way. Rachell feels lucky to work at UCA, and she constantly tries to find methods and techniques so that students learn well. During her free time, she visits her family and goes to the beach with her daughter. It might surprise you to know she is also an avid soccer player!

Kristie Reesey
Lead Science Teacher
UCA Science Department

Kristie attended college in Phoenix, Arizona, and obtained her Bachelors Degree in K-8 education. She also obtained her Masters in School Counseling, and is currently working on a Masters in Special Education. She comes to UCA with 26 years of experience teaching every grade level, and she spent six years serving as the Head Master of a Christian school in Louisville, Kentucky. Kristie also worked, at one time, in a state legislative position in Kentucky, supporting parents in being able to make their own educational choices.

Kristie was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. She is a devoted Christian and has three grown children living in Kentucky. She loves to swim, visit beaches, and to explore other countries! She is truly glad to be living in Costa Rica, and to make her new home in Uvita.

Teacher Recruitment

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.

Download Teacher Application