UCA Staff

Scott D. Bogard
Founder & Headmaster

Brigit L. Bogard
Directress of Learning

María José Mesen Molina
Assistant Administrator

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!

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

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

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.”

Aalyah Lopez
Lead Teacher
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.

Tania Soto
Lead Teacher
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.

Abby Artmann
Lead Teacher
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
Lead Teacher
Spanish Studies

Miss Jennifer was born in San José, Costa Rica, and she studied in a bilingual high school. She is beyond ready to start her career at UCA! Miss Jennifer is a creative and dynamic person, and she enjoys teaching as a profession immensely. She is always looking for new ways to enrich the learning process. In her opinion, it’s important to respect and take care of her students’ emotions with dedication, so that she can inspire the kids in her life, and help to make their dreams come true. Jennifer has lots of experience working with people, and helping them! At the age of 15, she began serving in a church as a youth leader, and she has served in multiple camps for children. When it was time to focus on her university level studies, she worked and volunteered in an orphanage and at “Proyecto Daniel,” an institution in charge of helping young people with cancer. Miss Jennifer knows that her purpose in this world is to be content helping others. For that reason, she decided to study tourism and education. She knows that God’s love can be demonstrated in many ways and for her, one of those ways is teaching. 

Haley Nieves
Lead Teacher
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.

Stephania Langford
Lead Teacher
High School

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