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
Elementary - 1st and 2nd 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.
Elementary - 3rd and 4th Grade
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
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.
Jennifer Fallas Jara
Science and High School Math
Haley Nieves 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.
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.