On behalf of the Secondary Program, I would like to welcome you to the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. We are a campus that serves the needs of the local and expat community through a balanced, global approach of creativity, innovation and knowledge.
The American Nicaraguan School is committed to offering students a world-class education focused on a student-centered, constructivist approach to learning with a global lens. Our vision is centered around six key core values: Intellectual Curiosity, Global Awareness, Social Responsibility, Respect for Self and Others, Environmental Stewardship, Innovation & Creativity. Students have an assortment of options to choose from to develop critical thinking and 21st century problem-solving skills. Currently, we offer 19 Advanced Placement courses either in person or on-line to better fit the needs of our students. Students may also apply for our distinguished Global Studies Academy, which allows each student to delve deeper into what it means to be a citizen of the world. In addition to these options, our school has a rich tradition of competing in Model United Nations (MUN), HACIA Democracy and AASCA Knowledge Bowl, to name a few. If students want to push themselves on the field, court, or in the pool, we offer a variety of sports, which include soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field and cross-country to provide each student with a well-rounded education.
At ANS, we are not just dedicated to rigorous academics. We also encourage students to become integral parts of the global community by instilling a love for learning and a passion for service. Throughout the year, each grade level commits to serving others in a variety of ways. This connection to service allows our students to grow as leaders and flourish as stewards of Nicaragua and beyond. In addition to our service days, many students take advantage of a plethora of clubs and activities such as Operation Smile, National Honor Society, and Pink Club to balance out the ANS experience. Whether students are heading to a university or joining the workforce upon graduation, each student will have the skills necessary to compete in a global economy.
It is truly my pleasure to lead such a historic program like ANS. As an ANS alumni, I have a strong passion and love for our school.and am committed to working tirelessly to continue our growth as a school and community. I look forward to getting to know each one of you personally, and if I can do anything to make this journey more pleasant, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I am honored to join the secondary community as Instructional Coach. Although some of you may know me as an elementary math and science teacher, I actually started my career teaching high school Spanish. Over the years, I have taught a variety of subjects and age groups ranging from K-12 to adult classes. Additionally, I previously served 4 years as Instructional Coach for the Bilingual Department at Dunn Elementary. Originally from Houston, Texas, I am an avid traveler, an impetus which prompted me to move abroad and pursue an M.ED in International Education. After teaching 4 years at Colegio Maya in Guatemala, I moved to beautiful Nicaragua with my husband and two boys, where we are happy to start our 5th year at ANS.
I believe that a quality education is the most powerful tool we give our children and the foundation on which we build our collective future. Consequently, I favor instruction through inquiry-based projects, aimed to engage student interest and critical thinking through the questioning and investigation of real issues. I challenge students to draw conclusions, design solutions, and present their findings to an authentic audience.
As Instructional Coach, my goal is to empower teachers in similar ways, as I work to support them in inquiry-based projects related to instruction and assessment in their individual context. It is important to note that coaching is not a form of supervision or evaluation, rather a partnership built on communication and trust. I strive to meet teachers where they are in their professional journey, building on their strengths and interests, while assisting them to reach their chosen goals.
I have an open door policy, so drop by the ST Services Office if you have any questions or would like to meet. I am excited to be back at the secondary level and look forward to a fantastic year!
Greetings, Everyone! I am so excited to be joining the ANS community. I have been a teacher for over 20 years, and I’m passionate about education. I started my career teaching 5th and 6th grade in Washington, DC and, most recently, I taught at the college level at the University of New Mexico. I love to travel! In 2016, my family and I had the opportunity to live in New Zealand for six months. We are thrilled to have the chance to get to know Nicaragua! I also enjoy cooking, reading, writing, hiking, biking, swimming, and doing yoga. I have three kids who will be new tigers this year: my daughter will be in Pathways and my sons will be in 4th grade and 6th grade. My husband, Bryan, works in international development and loves soccer. I also have a cute, fluffy white dog named Phoebe who has accompanied us on the journey. I can’t wait to get to know all of you in the coming months.
I have a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Education. I love living in Nicaragua and being a part of our amazing school community. I have a passion for teaching English Language Arts because there are so many applications to our lives such as improving the way we communicate, and developing empathy and resiliency through literature. I enjoy giving students voice and choice in the classroom as they grow to be independent learners. Besides being a proud mother of two sons, I am an avid reader, I enjoy the art of writing, and I love spending time with family and close friends.
I am so excited to join the incredible community here at ANS!
I am from Toronto, Canada, and I have been a high school teacher here in the city for the last five years! I have always been a big fan of travelling, and I am incredibly excited to begin my journey teaching here in Nicaragua! Here in Toronto, I am known for my passion for facilitating many extracurriculars such as Student Council, Stage Crew, DECA, and several sports teams!
I am incredibly passionate about learning new things, staying active, and spending as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors! My most recent learning venture has been studying Spanish. In Canada, we most commonly learn and speak English and French! I am also currently finishing my Masters in Education, focusing on equity, diversity, and social justice. I am incredibly excited to be teaching English here at ANS, and I am looking forward to meeting members of the school community!
Since I began teaching in California in 1999, my focus has been specifically on bilingual education, project based learning, inquiry based pedagogy, and effective teaching strategies for the multicultural/multilevel classroom. In my classroom, students learn 21st Century skills, the power/beauty of language, the importance of international mindedness, and how to maintain a growth mindset. I have traveled to, lived in, and/or studied in 50 countries and 46 U.S. states. I hold degrees from the University of North Carolina, University of San Francisco, and Rutgers University. I enjoy playing sports, music, hiking, spending time with my family, and working on my farm. My favorite country in the world is Nicaragua. It is a joy to teach at ANS and live in this amazing country.
I was born and raised just outside Toronto, Canada, and I have always been passionate about education. I completed my Honors Bachelor of Arts degree and my Bachelor of Education degree in a dual university five year concurrent program with a focus on international education, and a few months after I graduated, I moved to Nicaragua to teach at ANS in the Middle School. After spending a year in Canada, I am incredibly excited to be back at ANS for this school year, this time teaching 10th grade English, Philosophy, and AP Human Geography. In my free time I enjoy reading, participating in any team sports I can find, and surfing.
I am from Honduras and I came to Nicaragua in 2017. I teach Environmental Science and Biology to 9th and 10th grade. I am a Development and Environment Engineer with a Master in Environmental Management and I am passionate about protecting the environment and working with people to achieve this goal.
I have been teaching at ANS for two and a half years and my goal is to engage students in authentic learning experiences by doing hands-on activities, exploring phenomena in the real world and developing projects to learn the science practices and skills needed in real life. I am a proud mom of a two year old boy and I spend with him playing and exploring nature in our surroundings.
My name is Rodrigo Díaz, I’m from Nicaragua, ANS has been my home for many years! I’m an ANS Alumnus, Class of 2005! I am currently teaching 11th Grade Chemistry and 8th Grade Physical Science, and I hope I can continue to inspire in my students the love for Science, Inquiry and Intellectual Curiosity. I love supporting my students in growing both inside and outside the classroom, thus, I am extremely honor to be mentoring our school’s student leaders as their National Honor Society Advisor!
Besides from teaching and Science, I have a great passion for anything artistic: singing, acting, painting, drawing, etc! I love finding ways to express my creativity, and have creative escapes to relax and release stress. Currently, I’m focusing on Digital Artwork and Calligraphy, so come visit to check my work!
I am super proud and happy that my daughter Isabella is part of this amazing and beautiful Tiger community, which we are proud to call HOME!
I am Thelma Blandón. I have an AS in Computer Science and also a BS in Marketing. I also have a Master degree in Education. I teach Life Science and also AP CS50 -Computer Science Principles at ANS. One of my goals is to promote a growth mindset in my students, since there is nothing more rewarding for me, as a teacher, than to be able to help my students learn how to use that approach as an important part of their learning process and in life in general.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower”
-Alexander Den Heijer
My name is Juan Martin Casco, I’m from Nicaragua but have spent half of my life in the US.I’ve been teaching for around 14 years and this will be my second year here at ANS. I currently teach 6th Grade Science and 8th Grade Physical Science. Teaching for me is 100% about the students and their well being. I want my students to have fun and enjoy science but most importantly, I want them to be able to develop and transfer the skills they obtain to different areas in life. I love drawing, reading, building things and spending time with my wonderful family. Important things to live by as a teacher and parent:
“You were once a child, too” – Fred Rogers
“Be who you needed when you were younger” -Brad Montague
My name is Roberto Garcia and I will be teaching AP Calculus, Physics and Geometry. I am an alumni from ANS, and this is my eleventh-year teaching in High School, nine of those years I have been teaching AP Calculus and Physics. I have a master’s degree in Education from Framingham State University.
Teaching is my passion and I will always do my best to support my students in their learning process. I have 20 years of experience in tutoring any level of mathematics from 6th grade to college level math. During my classes my students will do a lot of projects and hands-on activities that will help them understand and also how to apply the different topics that we study throughout the year.
I love to spend time with my family, I have two children and a beautiful wife. We love to do things together, like traveling on our vacations. I like sports as well; I do triathlons in my free time. I am looking forward to the beginning of the school year and I am very happy to be part of the ANS community.
Nací en Managua, Nicaragua, de madre nicaragüense y padre español. Estudié la Licenciatura en Lengua y Literatura Hispánicas, y poco tiempo después, una Maestría en Didáctica de la Lengua y la Literatura, y un Diplomado en Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera. Después de muchos años en la docencia, puedo afirmar que amo lo que hago y que trabajar con niños y adolescentes puede ser tan retador como reconfortante. Trabajar en ANS es, para mí, un placer y un reto diario que espero cumplir con devoción. Amo la naturaleza y creo profundamente en que el ser humano debe recuperar el equilibrio con ella para poder vivir en armonía con su entorno.
Máster en Comunicación y Educación por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Licenciada en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad Centroamericana. He tenido el placer de trabajar en ANS desde hace 7 años y en el área de educación desde hace 10 años. Creo firmemente en una educación integral, tanto en conocimientos como en virtudes, ética y moral. Individuos formados en valores, pensamiento crítico y libertad es la mezcla perfecta de un futuro exitoso y pleno.
Hello, ANS family! My name is Ricardo Melendez and I am honored and excited to teach Seventh grade Spanish as well as Geography and History of Nicaragua at ANS this school year 2021 – 2022. I have been teaching for over 22 years. I hold a degree in education. All these years I have had many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow from my students. I am looking forward to helping the ANS students to reach their full academic potential and I am sure that we will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead.
Soy Lic. en Español; Especialista en Didáctica de la Lengua y actualmente estoy haciendo la tesis de mi Maestría. Imparto la clase de Lengua y Literatura desde el 2010 en ANS. Nací en Chontales y vivo en Managua desde hace 20 años. En mis clases, me gusta trabajar a través de proyectos que pongan en contacto al estudiante con su realidad. Amo a Dios, mi familia y mi trabajo. Me esfuerzo por hacer las cosas de corazón, como para el Señor y no para los hombres.
SLL / AP Spanish Language
Siempre he pensado que los maestros tenemos el poder de construir junto con los jóvenes un mundo mejor y desde siempre me he apegado a este pensamiento que me impulsa a hacer día con día la diferencia. Soy una nicaragüense inspirada en Darío con una visión cosmopolita y futurista de la vida. Soy Lic. en ciencias de la educación con especialidad en inglés y poseo una maestría en educación. Me encanta la naturaleza, los animales, la música y sobre todo amo mi vocación.
Nací en Nicaragua, Río San Juan y tengo 37 años de ser docente. Soy graduada en la Escuela Normal de Managua de Maestra de Educación Primaria; estudié en la U.N.A.N. de Managua Nicaragua la carrera de Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación en Español y una Maestría en Filología y Literatura Latinoamericana. Soy una persona muy alegre, enamorada de mi familia, apasionada por mi trabajo, comprometida con la enseñanza de mis estudiantes; y me siento muy contenta y honrada por ser parte de la comunidad de A.N.S. desde el 2012.
Chinese / AP Chinese Language
My Chinese name is Hui-Chen Yun and I graduated from the Department of Chinese Literature, College of Liberal Arts at Providence University in Taiwan in 1987. “To live until old, to learn until old”. This wise, ancient Chinese saying tells us how we should always continue learning. Every single student that I’ve had the pleasure to meet is completely unique; they all have different weaknesses and strengths! And these students are in fact the ones who teach me everyday how to be more creative, how to be a better listener… how to be a real educator.
French / AP French Language
Bonjour-Hello my name is Karen, I am Nicaraguan.
I lived in Toulouse in the south of France for almost 8 years. Upon my return I worked as a pedagogical assistant, in charge of public and cultural relations in the Alianza Francesa Managua , then I worked as an international baccalaureate teacher for 6 years.I organized a cultural exchange with a French high school in 2019.
I am delighted to share this wonderful French language and culture with my students.
I studied FLE (French as a foreign language) at the University of Toulouse II “Le Mirail”
Ana del Carmen Gutiérrez
My name is Ana Gutiérrez, I’m from Nicaragua, and I’m excited to rejoin the ANS family as the 6th & 8th grade Math teacher. I have been in education for almost 20 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Teaching with emphasis on Mathematics from UNICA. I have an extensive background in teaching and tutoring different grade levels of mathematics and standardized test prep. Mathematics is my true passion.
Besides teaching and math, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I feel very lucky to have my husband and our son as part of the ANS community. We’re really happy to have a second home in the Home of the Tigers!
I can’t wait to meet all the incoming 6th grade students and want you to know that I am here to help guide you as you make the transition to secondary school. I am also super excited to work with the 8th grade students to help them see the beauty of numbers and how everything they have learned up to this point meets with the new concepts we’ll be discovering and learning throughout this school year together.
Mathematics is my passion, and, as such, I am delighted to help each one of my students to develop a love and appreciation for mathematical thinking. I believe that math is not only important for school, but it is also a subject that helps develop unique critical thinking skills to prepare students for the future. I strive to show students how math is an essential component of our everyday lives. My approach is to develop a Math Learning Community where students are encouraged to share their ideas, explore multiple solution paths, and evaluate different approaches to deepen their conceptual understanding.
My mathematics journey of over twenty years has led me to teach all different levels of math. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Florida, and a Master’s degree in Education from Framingham State University. In addition to my passion for mathematics, I love to run and spend time with my family and friends.
My name is Miguel Aragón and I teach Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. I truly enjoy both doing and teaching math, and every day I strive to help my students appreciate math for its beauty and the way it develops our reasoning capabilities. I believe the best way to learn math is through discovery, which should feel challenging, but organic, meaningful and exciting.
I love spending time with my family and friends, and I’m always up for a good cup of coffee. Music has also been a big part of my life, since I’m very passionate about singing, songwriting and playing the piano. I’m also very committed to helping others, which is why I actively volunteer in a Bible education program in my community.
My name is Ramiro Mayorga, I will be teaching Math 7th and Geometry. I’m proud to be an ANS Alumni, class of 2003. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University, and two master’s degrees, an MBA from UNI and a master in direction of production and improvement of industrial processes from Universidad de Barcelona. My passion is to brighten students’ minds whether it be inside the classroom, or outside. I have been teaching both college and high school levels for more than 5 years.
Instrumental Music / Music
I have a background in both music and education and have taught music at ANS for 16 years. I firmly believe that a child’s education is not complete without music. I enjoy sharing my passion for music with students and helping them develop confidence and good work habits that can help them succeed in all their classes.
I have a background in architecture and interior design but my real passion is art. I have also taken courses such as printmaking, bookbinding, photography and model making. My emphasis in teaching is learning from mistakes and problem solving; I want to instill in my students the love for the arts, not just to be the audience but to be part of the art-making process.
My name is Esteban Blanco, I’m from Costa Rica. I studied Art and Visual Communication with an emphasis in Environment Design at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. I worked on different areas of design such as a project consultant on technology prototypes and interior designer, at the same time I develop art, making props for theatres, models and illustration. Then I opened my own private art studio in Managua three years ago with my wife. I am happy to join the ANS community.
MS and HS Tech
I’ve been passionate about teaching ever since I had my first teaching experience in ESL here at ANS in the ELI courses. Now, I have the honor to teach problem-solving, innovation, creativity, critical and computational thinking skills through the classes: Intro to Robotics, iMovie and Intro to Animation. I am committed to help students develop their potential and become global citizens and well-rounded individuals. As a lifelong learner, I believe we can outdo ourselves if we commit to learn something new everyday, serve with love and give our very best in every single thing we do.