Madelyn Moreno School Principal

To be Principal at Gamboa Discovery School is really remarkable. It means to be part of a family with loving parents who share not only education, but also permanent communication; devoted teachers who provide not only knowledge but good values; diligent students who come to school and never want to go back home. My mission at the Gamboa Discovery School is to create the right context for academic success of all students and a conducive environment for solid education. I believe in cultivating leadership in others, improving teacher development, and taking advantage of nature for live-learning.  Working here, I feel revitalized every day!

Jessica McKay Gatun Room Teacher

Children have an innate desire to explore and learn about the world through imaginative play, inquiry and experimentation. Learning in the natural environment and connecting with nature is essential for children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. Within this unique setting, GDS students have the opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of the importance of respecting and caring for the Earth. 

My experiences working with children in a variety of learning environments have helped me to develop teaching strategies to accommodate different learning styles, needs, and abilities of children at the primary and junior levels. I believe in creating a safe, inclusive learning environment where diversity is celebrated and children are encouraged to take risks and build confidence as problem-solvers and critical thinkers.  

Ashton Keck Chagres Room Teacher

Children are excited and ready to embrace what life has to offer. Their natural joy and curiosity keeps me inspired to continue to grow and learn myself. My educational background is primarily in special education with a focus on children who have emotional and behavioural challenges. I enjoy working with, and learning from, all students and it is my deepest belief that all children have the ability to grow, learn, and flourish when given the appropriate support combined with a stimulating environment. Every person and child has unique strengths and abilities that can be developed and used to better this beautiful world we live in

Andrea Miller Madden Room Teacher

To educate and inspire others is to transform and enhance the world.  I believe that by educating students to be conscious of our actions, inspiring them to care, and providing them with the tools to make enhancements to their surroundings, we empower them.

It is my mission to incite passion and awareness within my students, and to help shape them into the stewards of tomorrow. At the Gamboa Discovery School we are working towards equipping all of our students with the needed capabilities to become empowered and conscious global citizens.

It is our duty to bestow upon future generations the wisdom and foresight to learn from our shortcomings and the aptitude to advance well beyond even our greatest achievements thus far.

Melissa Quintero Yoga Teacher

Utilizo el yoga como herramienta de auto-conocimiento, balance y conexion contigo y con los demas. Profesorado en Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Shala y en Yoga para niños por Rainbow Kids Yoga. "Creo fielmente en vivir la vida plenamente, expresarnos, ser auténticos y vivir en paz. La vida es un lienzo, somo creadores, y autores de nuestra vida.

Bredio Mendieta Art Teacher

When in art class kids are given the magical opportunity to express themselves freely about anything that is happening in their lives. In art class, beautiful things can happen. 

I believe that to become an excellent artist we must observe through the eyes of a child. My art class is arranged so as to develop creativity and techniques and reveal pure artistic abilities in each student who has them naturally or mature them in those who learns them through each piece of new work.

Nilka Malek Spanish Teacher

La escritura y la lectura, sigue siendo un aprendizaje básico para todo ser humano. Enseñar al niño a leer, escribir y comprender el mundo que le rodea es un gran logro que siemprenos llena desatisfacción.

El método Montessori insiste en que “el aprendizaje de la lector-escritura es un proceso continuo que tiene lugar en paralelo con el desarrollo cerebral”. Por eso  vamos acompañándole motivándole a entrar a su ritmo a este mundo.

Validando cada paso que da, dentro del aula será un juego de letras y frases, le acercaran a las fabulas y los cuentos.  Desarrollando su creatividad y a la vez adquiriendo valores, cada vez más competencias para la vida.

Hugo Medina Physical Education Teacher