Meet Our Staff

Administration

Carlos Zelaya

Carlos Zelaya

GENERAL DIRECTOR

Having been raised in a Christian home, I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at an early age. My personal growth in the faith is directly related to my parents’ guid...Read More

Carlos Zelaya

GENERAL DIRECTOR
Carlos Zelaya

Carlos Zelaya

GENERAL DIRECTOR

Having been raised in a Christian home, I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at an early age. My personal growth in the faith is directly related to my parents’ guidance and teaching, and through their ministry as missionaries and church leaders in the USA and here in Costa Rica.

I believe that God has provided through His Word and a personal relationship with Him the tools and guidelines we need to raise generations of active believers who are called to make a difference. I am committed to making Lighthouse a safe and active place, where healthy relationships are the lifeforce for learning academics, friendship, and love of God. I am always available to serve in any way I can, ensuring that the vision and mission of the school are upheld and effectively carried out.

San José,Costa Rica
Sonia Pastrana

Sonia Pastrana

Secondary Principal

I have had a 23-year career in education and held positions as a teacher, educational coordinator, and 10 years as a principal of which the last three have been as academic directo...Read More

Sonia Pastrana

Secondary Principal
Sonia Pastrana

Sonia Pastrana

Secondary Principal

I have had a 23-year career in education and held positions as a teacher, educational coordinator, and 10 years as a principal of which the last three have been as academic director of Middle School and High School at LIS. I currently live in Carmen de Guadalupe with my husband and daughter.

My adventure in education started in 1992, and since that time, I have had the opportunity to be a part of many educational moments, not only in the classroom but also in leadership. As a leader, I am committed to helping bring understanding, purpose, and value within the educational community and throughout the different and difficult moments of change. These core values have allowed me to experience great joy, commitment, and purpose throughout my career.

San José,Costa Rica
Mirtha Cruz

Mirtha Cruz

Preschool/ Elementary Principal

I was born in Costa Rica where I have lived all my life. Education has been my passion. Since I was a little girl, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I have been involved...Read More

Mirtha Cruz

Preschool/ Elementary Principal
Mirtha Cruz

Mirtha Cruz

Preschool/ Elementary Principal

I was born in Costa Rica where I have lived all my life. Education has been my passion. Since I was a little girl, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I have been involved in Education for about 34 years, most of the time teaching lower elementary.

I believe that every educator needs to understand that it is equally important to bring into the classroom a smile, an open heart, and a sense of humor to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for students to explore and learn without being afraid of making mistakes, a setting in which students are free to grow and mature intellectually, emotionally, socially, and most importantly, spiritually.

I was given the honor to serve in Lighthouse International School in August 2013 as a Preschool and Elementary Principal. I love the fact that our students in Lighthouse not only receive an excellent education but also grow in the Lord’s wisdom. I am blessed to work with a group of people who are passionate about children and education and at the same time love the Lord and excel at their work.

San José,Costa Rica
Elisa Castro

Elisa Castro

Finance and Operations Manager

I was born and raised in the province of Guanacaste; I am the seventh of nine siblings, of farmer parents, and very proud of my peasant roots. I especially admire my father for bei...Read More

Elisa Castro

Finance and Operations Manager
Elisa Castro

Elisa Castro

Finance and Operations Manager
I was born and raised in the province of Guanacaste; I am the seventh of nine siblings, of farmer parents, and very proud of my peasant roots. I especially admire my father for being a visionary, hardworking, and loving man. I am married and have three children, the Lord has given us the privilege together with my husband and my oldest son to serve in our congregation The Tabernacle. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, reading, but especially spending time with my family and my parents. I am very proud and grateful to work at Lighthouse, seeing daily God’s faithfulness for this ministry, in my life and in that of every person on the staff.
San José,Costa Rica
Tatiana Cordero

Tatiana Cordero

Admissions & Communications Coordinator

I have been working at LIS since October 2016 and it has been a great blessing to me. I have 7 years of experience working in corporate communications, press management, and corpor...Read More

Tatiana Cordero

Admissions & Communications Coordinator
Tatiana Cordero

Tatiana Cordero

Admissions & Communications Coordinator

I have been working at LIS since October 2016 and it has been a great blessing to me. I have 7 years of experience working in corporate communications, press management, and corporate social responsibility programs. I’m passionate about the Lord and getting involved in different ministries. My husband and I serve in Children’s Ministries in our church. I love reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

San José,Costa Rica
Bianca Aymerich

Bianca Aymerich

Front Desk

I am Costa Rican. I have worked as a classroom assistant and teacher for 8 years and12 years as a director assistant and administrative teacher in Saint Mary School. I have been wo...Read More

Bianca Aymerich

Front Desk
Bianca Aymerich

Bianca Aymerich

Front Desk

I am Costa Rican. I have worked as a classroom assistant and teacher for 8 years and12 years as a director assistant and administrative teacher in Saint Mary School. I have been working at LIS since January 2018. I have a 9-year-old and 3-year-old boy. I enjoy and am passionate about what I do (administrative or teaching), always trying to give the best of me as a person. I like solidarity, fellowship, and respect for one another that exist at LIS.

San José,Costa Rica
Meet Our Staff

Pre-School

Laura Pérez

Laura Pérez

Kinder
San José,Costa Rica
Alessia Cattani

Alessia Cattani

Pre-Kinder Assistant

Alessia Cattani

Pre-Kinder Assistant
Alessia Cattani

Alessia Cattani

Pre-Kinder Assistant
San José,Costa Rica
Gabriela Estevez

Gabriela Estevez

Kinder Assistant

I’m from Costa Rica but I’m a mix of everything with a Mexican dad a Spanish granddad and an Italian grandma. I love working with kids and love being part of their development....Read More

Gabriela Estevez

Kinder Assistant
Gabriela Estevez

Gabriela Estevez

Kinder Assistant

I’m from Costa Rica but I’m a mix of everything with a Mexican dad a Spanish granddad and an Italian grandma. I love working with kids and love being part of their development. I even moved to Asia for a few years to work with children at risk. My goal is to help them to be their very best self and fulfill who they are meant to be.

San José,Costa Rica
Aemilii Melby

Aemilii Melby

Pre-Kinder

I grew up in northern Minnesota along the shores of Lake Superior. I was recently married in July 2016. I have a passion for reading, learning new things, various sports (snowboard...Read More

Aemilii Melby

Pre-Kinder
Aemilii Melby

Aemilii Melby

Pre-Kinder

I grew up in northern Minnesota along the shores of Lake Superior. I was recently married in July 2016. I have a passion for reading, learning new things, various sports (snowboarding, volleyball, basketball, etc.) and teaching. In my life, I have had many teacher role models who have taught me the beauty of guiding others and learning in the process. The Lord led me to LIS last February through a student teaching experience. I am grateful to start my teaching career here at LIS.

San José,Costa Rica
María Fernanda Solano

María Fernanda Solano

Preparatory
San José,Costa Rica
Nayarit Chavez

Nayarit Chavez

Preparatory Assistant

Nayarit Chavez

Preparatory Assistant
Nayarit Chavez

Nayarit Chavez

Preparatory Assistant
Meet Our Staff

Elementary

Jessica Salamanca

Jessica Salamanca

Third Grade

I am from Bolivia and have been teaching for more than 15 years. I have lived and worked in many countries and have been blessed to experience different cultures. I have been livin...Read More

Jessica Salamanca

Third Grade
Jessica Salamanca

Jessica Salamanca

Third Grade

I am from Bolivia and have been teaching for more than 15 years. I have lived and worked in many countries and have been blessed to experience different cultures. I have been living in Costa Rica for the past 4 years; I am married to a Tico and have a one-year-old son. Teaching is my passion and it’s a gift God has given me to share of Him and His love! This is my 4th year at Lighthouse and I love working at this school!

San José,Costa Rica
Emma Hall

Emma Hall

Fifth Grade

I am from Atlanta, Georgia, and have been living in Costa Rica since 2010. What I love most is listening to music and being with my family and friends. I started teaching in 2011 a...Read More

Emma Hall

Fifth Grade
Emma Hall

Emma Hall

Fifth Grade

I am from Atlanta, Georgia, and have been living in Costa Rica since 2010. What I love most is listening to music and being with my family and friends. I started teaching in 2011 and have been at Lighthouse since January of 2015. What I love most about Lighthouse is the close, Godly relationship that there is between staff and students and how it helps me on a daily basis in my walk with the Lord.

San José,Costa Rica
Shawndra Chase

Shawndra Chase

Fourth Grade

I am originally from northern Minnesota. I taught third and fourth grade for six years in Houston, Texas. This is my fifth year teaching fourth grade at L.I.S. I absolutely love th...Read More

Shawndra Chase

Fourth Grade
Shawndra Chase

Shawndra Chase

Fourth Grade

I am originally from northern Minnesota. I taught third and fourth grade for six years in Houston, Texas. This is my fifth year teaching fourth grade at L.I.S. I absolutely love the Lighthouse community of staff, parents, and students! My husband and I have two lovely golden retriever dogs and a baby girl on the way (due in April)!

San José,Costa Rica
Liz Zelaya

Liz Zelaya

English as a Second Language

I was born in San José, Costa Rica but grew up in Sarchí. I gave my life to the Lord when I was seventeen and since then He has continually helped me make all the important decis...Read More

Liz Zelaya

English as a Second Language
Liz Zelaya

Liz Zelaya

English as a Second Language

I was born in San José, Costa Rica but grew up in Sarchí. I gave my life to the Lord when I was seventeen and since then He has continually helped me make all the important decisions.

I began my teaching career in Houston, where we lived for more than 16 years. I have been part of the Lighthouse family since its beginnings as the kindergarten teacher, Learning Support Program, and English as a Second language Program. I pray that the Lord will allow me to be a blessing to my colleagues, parents, and especially the students.

San José,Costa Rica
Yendry González Sánchez

Yendry González Sánchez

Spanish & Social Studies

I am very passionate about what I do, I have 13 years of experience. I am the proud mother of 15-year-old Paula and 18-year-old Jafet, happily married for 20 years to Edwin Chan, a...Read More

Yendry González Sánchez

Spanish & Social Studies
Yendry González Sánchez

Yendry González Sánchez

Spanish & Social Studies

I am very passionate about what I do, I have 13 years of experience. I am the proud mother of 15-year-old Paula and 18-year-old Jafet, happily married for 20 years to Edwin Chan, and owner of a very special puppy. I really enjoy sharing the joyful message of God’s word with children and showing them that being a Christian is not boring, on the contrary we are creative, happy, dynamic and brave people.

San José,Costa Rica
Gloriana Barrantes

Gloriana Barrantes

Art
San José,Costa Rica
Arnold Valdelomar

Arnold Valdelomar

Music
San José,Costa Rica
Paolo Vincenzi

Paolo Vincenzi

Physical Education & Sports Coordinator

I am married and I have a 7 and a 5-year-old son, there are two awesome kids, I love them extremely. I love to be involved in any kind of sport. I have an American Football Academy...Read More

Paolo Vincenzi

Physical Education & Sports Coordinator
Paolo Vincenzi

Paolo Vincenzi

Physical Education & Sports Coordinator

I am married and I have a 7 and a 5-year-old son, there are two awesome kids, I love them extremely. I love to be involved in any kind of sport. I have an American Football Academy and I enjoy every moment when I teach at the school and at the academy. I also help the “Comite Cantonal de Deportes y Recreation of San Joaquín de Flores” doing any kind of recreational and sports activities. I have been working at Lighthouse for 6 years, the first 3 years as a Flag Football and Volleyball coach; this is my third year as a P.E. teacher and Sports Coordinator. I am blessed to be working at Lighthouse, I love to work in a place that keeps me close to God.

San José,Costa Rica
Karol Álvarez

Karol Álvarez

First Grade

Karol Álvarez

First Grade
Karol Álvarez

Karol Álvarez

First Grade
Kristie Bloomfield

Kristie Bloomfield

Second Grade

I was born in Costa Rica, but I'm half Jamaican. I've been teaching since 2015. I've been working at Lighthouse International School for a year. I love spending time with my family...Read More

Kristie Bloomfield

Second Grade
Kristie Bloomfield

Kristie Bloomfield

Second Grade

I was born in Costa Rica, but I'm half Jamaican. I've been teaching since 2015. I've been working at Lighthouse International School for a year. I love spending time with my family and friends, and also traveling around the country discovering new places. Teaching is my passion, I love being part of the growth and development of children in all areas, not only academically. As teachers, we learn new things every day, and this is what I enjoy most of my job. What I like the most about Lighthouse is the working environment, everyone is always willing to help and support you if you need it.

Marisela González

Marisela González

Spanish & Social Studies

Marisela González

Spanish & Social Studies
Marisela González

Marisela González

Spanish & Social Studies
Meet Our Staff

Middle & High School

Kathy Sabean

Kathy Sabean

Literature, History, US Government & Economics

Twenty-five years ago, I married my teenage sweetheart and had two children who are now teens. I was born in Costa Rica, but my parents were North American missionaries. After work...Read More

Kathy Sabean

Literature, History, US Government & Economics
Kathy Sabean

Kathy Sabean

Literature, History, US Government & Economics

Twenty-five years ago, I married my teenage sweetheart and had two children who are now teens. I was born in Costa Rica, but my parents were North American missionaries. After working in non-Christian institutions for many years, it is a breath of fresh air to work in a place where I can pray with my coworkers and students, share what God is doing in my life, comfort others with passages from God’s word, and seek counsel when I need a wise word of advice. It is a privilege to help children on the way to their future. “The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” (Dan Rather)

San José,Costa Rica
Lynne Allen

Lynne Allen

Science, Math & History

I grew up in Western Washington State and moved to Costa Rica right after I graduated with my teaching degree in 2011. I worked for a year and a half at another school before joini...Read More

Lynne Allen

Science, Math & History
Lynne Allen

Lynne Allen

Science, Math & History

I grew up in Western Washington State and moved to Costa Rica right after I graduated with my teaching degree in 2011. I worked for a year and a half at another school before joining the Lighthouse team in December 2012. I am married to an amazing Tico man and we love being outdoors, biking, playing frisbee, swimming at the beach or hiking. I love working at Lighthouse because each day I get to spend learning and growing with an amazing team and incredible students. Starting off each day studying
God´s word, praying together and worshiping our creator is such a blessing!

San José,Costa Rica
Marijke Armstrong

Marijke Armstrong

IB Literature & Research Writing

In 2010, I came to Costa Rica looking for adventure. Since then, I have met and married the man of my dream, had two beautifully vibrant children, lived in five different houses an...Read More

Marijke Armstrong

IB Literature & Research Writing
Marijke Armstrong

Marijke Armstrong

IB Literature & Research Writing

In 2010, I came to Costa Rica looking for adventure. Since then, I have met and married the man of my dream, had two beautifully vibrant children, lived in five different houses and never regretted a second! I have been at LIS since I came and absolutely love the fact that beyond the pages required in the books, I have a chance to talk about life, faith, morality, and ethics. Working with teens has been more than I could have ever asked for on so many levels. From the questions asked, to the stories told, I never cease to be amazed to see how faithfully God pursues His children through every step in life.

San José,Costa Rica
Ariette de Bruin

Ariette de Bruin

Literature & Composition, Chapter Advisor National Honor Society

I was born and raised in the Netherlands where I got my degree in both English and Teaching. I worked for several years as a high school teacher in the Netherlands and then moved t...Read More

Ariette de Bruin

Literature & Composition, Chapter Advisor National Honor Society
Ariette de Bruin

Ariette de Bruin

Literature & Composition, Chapter Advisor National Honor Society

I was born and raised in the Netherlands where I got my degree in both English and Teaching. I worked for several years as a high school teacher in the Netherlands and then moved to Northern-Ireland to work for a missionary organization. Meeting my Costa Rican husband made me move to Costa Rica in 2009. We have a five-year-old son, Mateo, and a one-year-old daughter, Tahlia. I have been teaching English at Lighthouse International School for almost four years now and it truly has been a blessing to be part of the Lighthouse family.

San José,Costa Rica
Xinia Rojas

Xinia Rojas

MEP Spanish & IB Spanish

I am Costa Rican, and this is my seventh year at Lighthouse. It has been a very edifying time in my life because my daily lessons are infused with Christian values. I thank God for...Read More

Xinia Rojas

MEP Spanish & IB Spanish
Xinia Rojas

Xinia Rojas

MEP Spanish & IB Spanish

I am Costa Rican, and this is my seventh year at Lighthouse. It has been a very edifying time in my life because my daily lessons are infused with Christian values. I thank God for allowing me to work in a school where individualized attention can be given to the students.

San José,Costa Rica
Juan Pablo Sánchez

Juan Pablo Sánchez

MEP Social Studies

I live in Barva de Heredia, and two of my five years of teaching experience has been here at Lighthouse. I love reading about issues of contemporary history, social movements and h...Read More

Juan Pablo Sánchez

MEP Social Studies
Juan Pablo Sánchez

Juan Pablo Sánchez

MEP Social Studies

I live in Barva de Heredia, and two of my five years of teaching experience has been here at Lighthouse. I love reading about issues of contemporary history, social movements and historical novels. Another passion is soccer which I like to watch and play. As a teacher, I believe in an education for life and the construction of meaningful learning. That is why it is important to know the context of the student since they are the reason for our vocation. Teaching is summarized in the following sentence of Paulo Freire, “Learning is not measured by the number of pages read in a night, nor by the number of books read in a semester. Learning is not an act of consuming ideas, but of creating and recreating them.”

San José,Costa Rica
Leonardo Araya

Leonardo Araya

IB Math & Math Coordinator

I was born in Guadalupe, San José and lived there during all my childhood. Then I moved to Tres Ríos, Cartago where I currently live. Since 1990 I got involved in different proje...Read More

Leonardo Araya

IB Math & Math Coordinator
Leonardo Araya

Leonardo Araya

IB Math & Math Coordinator

I was born in Guadalupe, San José and lived there during all my childhood. Then I moved to Tres Ríos, Cartago where I currently live. Since 1990 I got involved in different projects in the area of education and that is why I ended up studying teaching. Since 1992 I have been teaching Mathematics at the university level and since 2001 I started working in different international schools nationwide. Among my hobbies are sports (tennis, handball) with which I have come to participate several times in Central American and Caribbean Tournaments integrating the National Handball Team.

This is my first year at Lighthouse and I am passionate about teaching because it allows me to share with my students not only knowledge at the subject level, but as a person.

Roxana Araya

Roxana Araya

Spanish & CAS Coordinator

I live in Santa Ana, and I have 14 years of teaching experience, nine of those at Lighthouse. I am especially interested in the knowledge of Theology and research. Teaching is my p...Read More

Roxana Araya

Spanish & CAS Coordinator
Roxana Araya

Roxana Araya

Spanish & CAS Coordinator

I live in Santa Ana, and I have 14 years of teaching experience, nine of those at Lighthouse. I am especially interested in the knowledge of Theology and research. Teaching is my passion because I am a teacher by vocation, I love what I do and I believe that makes a difference in my work.

Felipe Bonilla

Felipe Bonilla

Math, Chemistry, IB Math

Felipe Bonilla

Math, Chemistry, IB Math
Felipe Bonilla

Felipe Bonilla

Math, Chemistry, IB Math
Nicholas Davenport

Nicholas Davenport

IB Biology, History & Environmental Systems and Societies.

I am from Raleigh, North Carolina, but I have lived in Virginia and Georgia as well. I have been teaching since 2005, so this, I guess, would be my 11th year (wow time flies by). I...Read More

Nicholas Davenport

IB Biology, History & Environmental Systems and Societies.
Nicholas Davenport

Nicholas Davenport

IB Biology, History & Environmental Systems and Societies.

I am from Raleigh, North Carolina, but I have lived in Virginia and Georgia as well. I have been teaching since 2005, so this, I guess, would be my 11th year (wow time flies by). I have been teaching here at LIS since 2013. I love teaching here because I have students that want to learn and be pushed, but that I can also have a relationship with, and I am able to invest in them as a whole person. I would say that I am an adventurous person, a bit of a risk-taker, and I live my life so that I do not have any regrets. One of my slogans for life is I don’t live to work, I work to live. Meaning, I love my job, but I do it so that I can live life to the fullest. I especially love water activities and playing Ultimate Frisbee. I am married to the wonderful Mrs. Amy Davenport—the best decision I’ve ever made—and we have two beautiful dogs Leo and Maní.

Yoselyn Rodríguez

Yoselyn Rodríguez

MEP Biology

Yoselyn Rodríguez

MEP Biology
Yoselyn Rodríguez

Yoselyn Rodríguez

MEP Biology
Donald Navarro

Donald Navarro

MEP Spanish

Donald Navarro

MEP Spanish
Donald Navarro

Donald Navarro

MEP Spanish
Dayana Vargas

Dayana Vargas

Math 125, MEP MATH & Physics

I have been a teacher for three years and for one of them I have been a teacher at LIS. I am married and have two beautiful sons, I am from Heredia, and the fact of being in this s...Read More

Dayana Vargas

Math 125, MEP MATH & Physics
Dayana Vargas

Dayana Vargas

Math 125, MEP MATH & Physics

I have been a teacher for three years and for one of them I have been a teacher at LIS. I am married and have two beautiful sons, I am from Heredia, and the fact of being in this school has been a blessing to my life. I am passionate about teaching and working with young people since I learn a lot from them and try to leave a positive mark on the learning and on the hearts of the children.

Marco Mora

Marco Mora

Physical Education & Sports Coordinator

Marco Mora

Physical Education & Sports Coordinator
Marco Mora

Marco Mora

Physical Education & Sports Coordinator
Meet Our Staff

Support

Vanessa Poveda

Vanessa Poveda

Service Learning Coordinator

I was born and raised in Costa Rica. When I am not in the classroom, I am a wife and a mother to my three sons. My hobbies include hiking in the Escazu mountains with my husband an...Read More

Vanessa Poveda

Service Learning Coordinator
Vanessa Poveda

Vanessa Poveda

Service Learning Coordinator

I was born and raised in Costa Rica. When I am not in the classroom, I am a wife and a mother to my three sons. My hobbies include hiking in the Escazu mountains with my husband and my huskies and designing vintage furniture. I started teaching in 1990, and this is my ninth year teaching music at Lighthouse International School. Working at Lighthouse International School has been a very rewarding experience. I’m very grateful and honored to be a part of such a caring community that recognizes the importance of Christian values as part of life. Each and every day here at Lighthouse, I am reminded of my passion for teaching music and for making a difference in children’s lives.

San José,Costa Rica
Catalina Corder

Catalina Corder

Nurse

I live in Desamparados, I love nursing and I am dedicated to serving the Lord through my profession. I love sharing time with family. Since I arrived at LIS I have found noble hear...Read More

Catalina Corder

Catalina Corder

Nurse

I live in Desamparados, I love nursing and I am dedicated to serving the Lord through my profession. I love sharing time with family. Since I arrived at LIS I have found noble hearts that make me feel blessed to be part of this great family. Every morning I arrive with the illusion of serving with love. One of my biggest desires is that our students enjoy perfect health.

San José,Costa Rica
Liza Vargas González

Liza Vargas González

Psychologist

I was born in Costa Rica and I live in Rohrmoser. I have worked in educational psychology since 2010. I am deeply passionate because it is a great opportunity to help students and ...Read More

Liza Vargas González

Psychologist
Liza Vargas González

Liza Vargas González

Psychologist

I was born in Costa Rica and I live in Rohrmoser. I have worked in educational psychology since 2010. I am deeply passionate because it is a great opportunity to help students and their families in the emotional area, which is as important as their academic development. God gave me the blessing of joining Lighthouse in January 2016, for which I am extremely grateful because it is an extraordinary place where people's hearts are important and seeks intimacy with God. I have been married for 7 years, and my husband and I serve together in the worship ministry team of our church.

San José,Costa Rica
Fiorella Fúster

Fiorella Fúster

Curriculum Coordinator

Passionate about technology and education, I was born in Costa Rica and I’ve been a teacher for 10 years. I’m a veteran at Lighthouse – I’ve been here since it opened its d...Read More

Fiorella Fúster

Curriculum Coordinator
Fiorella Fúster

Fiorella Fúster

Curriculum Coordinator

Passionate about technology and education, I was born in Costa Rica and I’ve been a teacher for 10 years. I’m a veteran at Lighthouse – I’ve been here since it opened its doors in 2008 – and working here is such a joy since we all strive to care for children’s hearts and reach the highest standards of education.

San José
Amy Mishoe-Davenport

Amy Mishoe-Davenport

IB Coordinator & Librarian

As a southern girl from the foothills of North Carolina, I grew up with a deep appreciation of good people, good food, and our Good Lord, Jesus! I graduated from a small Liberal Ar...Read More

Amy Mishoe-Davenport

IB Coordinator & Librarian
Amy Mishoe-Davenport

Amy Mishoe-Davenport

IB Coordinator & Librarian

As a southern girl from the foothills of North Carolina, I grew up with a deep appreciation of good people, good food, and our Good Lord, Jesus! I graduated from a small Liberal Arts college in Georgia, where I also met my fun, awesome husband, Mr. Davenport. I love reading, writing (words are my passion), Ultimate Frisbee, our two dogs (Leo and Maní), and I love to help lead others in finding their identity and passionate purpose in Christ. My work experience ranges from Higher Education to Creative Arts in church ministry, to writing for a variety of platforms, and now to a Librarian and IB Educator. I have been working at LIS since 2014, first as a long-term substitute, and then, as of 2015, as the school Librarian, and for me working here has been an absolute joy and an answer to years of prayer.

San José,Costa Rica
Andrea Ortiz

Andrea Ortiz

Core Values

I am Costa Rican, I have been married for 20 years and I have two children; Claudia who is 16 and Santiago who is 15.
In 2003 I started working in the area of education as a Monte...Read More

Andrea Ortiz

Core Values
Andrea Ortiz

Andrea Ortiz

Core Values

I am Costa Rican, I have been married for 20 years and I have two children; Claudia who is 16 and Santiago who is 15.
In 2003 I started working in the area of education as a Montessori Guide. From 2008 to 2014 I worked in the area of Physical Education in LIS as a teacher and sports coordinator. These were years full of emotions, sports, and spiritual growth. In 2014, my family and I went to Colorado to study Theology and Bible at Denver Seminary for a period of two years.
This year, LIS gave me the opportunity to teach Core Values, a subject that, through biblical principles and values, intends to train human beings, leaders and successful professionals, with a high moral code that allows them to excel in what they do. This opportunity is invaluable since we are in a society where moral values have been lost and the pressures that surround our young people are very negative and powerful.
I love young people, I like to interact with them and influence their integral growth in one way or another. I also love sports of all kinds, volleyball, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and when it is possible a little snowboarding.
It is a huge blessing to be in LIS again.

Sylvia Fernández

Sylvia Fernández

Technology and Computer

Sylvia Fernández

Technology and Computer
Sylvia Fernández

Sylvia Fernández

Technology and Computer
Jessica Quesada

Jessica Quesada

Learning Specialist

I live in Desamparados, I am the mother of a beautiful 8-month-old baby, I have been married for 6 years to a wonderful man. I have almost 10 years of experience working with child...Read More

Jessica Quesada

Learning Specialist
Jessica Quesada

Jessica Quesada

Learning Specialist

I live in Desamparados, I am the mother of a beautiful 8-month-old baby, I have been married for 6 years to a wonderful man. I have almost 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents, in various support services in educational institutions and private care. I entered LIS this year, with great enthusiasm to work on what I am passionate about "a learning support program for students." I love God above all things and try to serve him with everything I do.

Jessica Hidalgo

Jessica Hidalgo

Psychologist

Jessica Hidalgo

Psychologist
Jessica Hidalgo

Jessica Hidalgo

Psychologist
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Lighthouse International School

Lighthouse International School

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Address: Click here to get directions
Phone: 2215-2393
E-mail: lighthouse@lis.ed.cr