UCA Staff

Scott D. Bogard
Founder & Headmaster

As former pastor and entrepreneur from Indiana, Scott is uniquely qualified for his important role as UCA Headmaster. First and foremost, he has a sincere love for his students and sees their limitless potential as human beings whom God has created; he constantly looks for ways to be involved with students in a one-on-one capacity that goes beyond his daily role in administration.  Scott’s zest for life and love for his students join together with crucial business experience that afford him the privilege to serve as Headmaster at UCA.  

Brigit L. Bogard
Co-Founder
Directress of Learning

Brigit loves kids, and believes they have limitless potential! Brigit took business and communications courses at Indiana University, and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Although her love for education wasn’t realized until later in life, she feels passion and zeal for teaching and administration, and it’s evident in her approach. She sees the students at UCA as individuals, and likes to consider their personal interests and goals when teaching them. She boasts experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in the school system where her children attended in Indiana before re-locating to Costa Rica in 2012. Brigit also taught local high school and elementary level students when she served as teacher/tutor at The Learning Place, a private tutoring company she and her husband, Scott, founded in Indiana.

 

Consuelo Gutiérrez
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 Jr. Elementary class.  Currently she works as the teacher’s assistant for UCA’s Elementary class.  For Consuelo, this opportunity is very important.  She shares, “I like children and I love working with them.” 

Eilin Silva
Lead Teacher
Pre-Kindergarten

Eilin Álvarez Silva lives with her family in Uvita, and is studying at CEFOM (Centro de Formación Ministerial) and IBAD (Instituto Biblico Asambleas de Dios). Eilin often works with children when she teaches them at her local church in Uvita; she feels that working with children is a real pleasure, a firm commitment, and a privilege.  She shares, “When I teach children about God and our faith in Him, I feel passion!  When I teach, I learn, too!” Eilin looks forward to her career at UCA, and is eager to help UCA’s youngest students learn both Spanish and the English language.

Jennifer Solano Delgado
Lead Teacher
Kindergarten

Miss Jennifer was born in San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica and she still makes her home in Pérez Zeledon. She loves her family very deeply, and feels that family relationships are one of the most important things in life.  Ever since her first day learning the English language, she’s had a deep love for it, and sees it as a privilege to help her students learn the language she loves.  Jennifer also has a deep love for children, and enjoys working with them in the classroom; she understands the importance of giving children the chance to become bilingual.  She knows that children have talents and they have the ability to learn many things.  Miss Jennifer has earned her degree for teaching English from the Universidad de Costa Rica. Since earning that degree, she has been teaching for more than three years. She believes that having God as a priority is the most important thing in life, and this influences her relationship with her students…she cares for each child as an individual, and wants to help them be all they can be. Jennifer explains that, “Being part of UCA makes me very happy and to work with children is a wonderful experience.”

Karen Rebeca Jimenez Villalobos
Lead Teacher
First Grade

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.

Tania Soto
Lead Teacher
Elementary

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.

Brittany Young
Lead Teacher
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.”

Veronica Alonzo Sanchez
Spanish Teacher

Veronica is a dynamic and energetic young lady, and she loves to work with children!  She’s excited to be a part of UCA’s growing staff and student body. For almost four years, Veronica taught children at the Museo de Niños in San José.  During that time, she enjoyed sharing the museum’s exhibits with kids, and helping them to understand important topics having to do with science and archaeology.  She was chosen for this position in part because she is an excellent bilingual communicator. In her free time, Veronica enjoys reading and visiting some of Uvita’s finest local beaches.  One of her goals as a person, and as a teacher, is to be full of courage, to speak of her faith, and to be a good example for her students.  Her favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 3:19!

Haley Nieves
High School Math Teacher

Haley received her B.A from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),  and certification to teach English as a foreign language from the International TEFL Academy Costa Rica. In addition, she has extensive experience working with young learners and high school students in subjects including English, math, science, and history. Haley operated a private tutoring business in the United States for 4 years mentoring students grades K-12 in all subjects and brings that expertise to the classroom at Uvita Christian Academy. As a teacher, Haley’s goal is to help students realize their goals — both academic and personal. Students’ individual learning needs and personal development are her priority. Haley focuses on the growth of the whole child to help her students develop the character and lifelong learning skills necessary to succeed.

Stephania Langford
Lead Teacher
High School

Jairo Murillo Ruiz
Lead Teacher
Physical Education

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