how we teach AT QUITO

Our teachers will motivate your child to achieve more than they ever imagined possible. They form a bond with each student, knowing how to guide them every step of the way.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

92% of our parents say their children have a positive relationship with their teachers—a key factor in creating an environment where your child will learn and succeed.

Our teachers will ensure your child is happy and engaged every day. As a part of Nord Anglia Education’s international school group, we only recruit the world’s most qualified and sought-after educators who tailor learning to each student.

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  • Senior Leadership Team

MEET OUR TEAM

Our passionate team has the right mix of local and international experience to guide your child every step of the way as a global citizen.

They’ll bring out your child’s best at our school.
CRISTINA CORTEZ
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Cristina Cortez is currently the Head of School at Colegio Menor Quito, following her position as Head of School at Colegio Menor Samborondón, which she held since 2018. She is a Lecturer at Universidad San Francico de Quito and a “Woman to Watch” in Education.
CRISTINA CORTEZ
Cristina is an outstanding head of academic programs with over ten years of rich experience in education leadership.

As the Head of School in Colegio Menor Samborondón since 2018, she has developed a strong and proud community with a culture that focuses on growth, learning, and continuous improvement. Cristina frequently supports the prestigious international accreditation organization known as Cognia with accreditations in Latin America. She is also a Lecturer at Universidad San Francico de Quito and was recently recognized as a “Woman to Watch” in the UK’s Business Women in Education Awards.
 
Her professional credentials include a BA in Psychology from USFQ, a MA in Education with a focus on Teaching Health from Adelphi University in New York, and a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard Business School.
MICHAEL ANDERSON
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Michael Anderson has extensive experience as a teacher and as a leader in education. For his work in coaching, education, and service, he received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award by Dakota State University in 2021.
MICHAEL ANDERSON
Michael has over 12 years of professional experience in various educational fields. He has extensive experience not only as a teacher but also in leadership positions.

Michael was part of the Menor community as a teacher from 2013 to 2015, so he knows our community very well. He is an award winner for his services to education: in 2021, he received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award by Dakota State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biology Education. This recognition is awarded for exemplary accomplishments in coaching, education, and service, as well as notable professional achievements.
JENNIFER PILPE
MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Jennifer Pilpe has a PhD in Educational Leadership from Columbia International University and holds a certificate in School Leadership and Management from Harvard University.
JENNIFER PILPE
Jennifer has a PhD in Educational Leadership from Columbia International University and holds a certificate in School Leadership and Management from Harvard.

Previously to joining Colegio Menor Quito, her most recent position was Director of Academics and Faculty for High School at Ben Lippen School in the United States.

Jennifer also has a long history as a teacher and additionally in coordinating Cognia accreditations.
MÓNICA CHIRIBOGA
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Mónica Chiriboga is currently the Early Childhood and Elementary School Principal. She ensures there’s a strong connection between teaching and the school’s organization.
MÓNICA CHIRIBOGA
Mónica was previously an Early Childhood Teacher and Instructional Facilitator at Colegio Menor Quito before becoming the Early Childhood and Elementary School Principal.

Her strong leadership skills, alongside her clear understanding of student-centered learning practices and active environments, support the school in unifying these two academic areas: creating a greater continuity between the teaching approaches and the organizational procedures.
MÓNICA CHIRIBOGA
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Mónica Chiriboga is currently the Early Childhood and Elementary School Principal. She ensures there’s a strong connection between teaching and the school’s organization.
MÓNICA CHIRIBOGA
Mónica was previously an Early Childhood Teacher and Instructional Facilitator at Colegio Menor Quito before becoming the Early Childhood and Elementary School Principal.

Her strong leadership skills, alongside her clear understanding of student-centered learning practices and active environments, support the school in unifying these two academic areas: creating a greater continuity between the teaching approaches and the organizational procedures.
Working at Colegio Menor has been an enriching experience due to its welcoming staff, its liberal arts philosophy, and its excellent educational programs for students.
María Belén Mora
1st Grade Assistant Teacher
TEACHER-LED TECH

UP-TO-SPEED TEACHING

Whether we’re using our iPads, digital cameras, sound recording equipment, or seamless Wifi, our teachers always include interactive and digital activities in many kinds of lessons and projects at Colegio Menor. In this way, our future-focused teachers will prepare your child to be a responsible digital citizen.

As a result, our students are moving away from being passive “information consumers” to active “content producers” during many of their learning experiences. For example, our older students are creating videos, developing apps, designing websites, and coding to showcase their talents in fresh and exciting projects.

NOTHING LESS THAN THE BEST

We believe teacher quality is the most important factor in your child’s academic development. That’s why we invest in the best. For over 25 years, our teachers have been rewarded every time they see their students be and do whatever they want in life. 

  • Boosted by Nord Anglia University, our teachers have global professional development resources and trainings; they can also connect and collaborate with 10,000 other teachers worldwide.
  • Our teachers build their leadership skills and can even earn, through Nord Anglia Education, an Executive Master’s in International Education from King’s College London.
  • MIT and The Juilliard School provide our teachers with special training in STEAM fields every year.

HOW WE KEEP OUR TOP MARKS

To keep our top quality, we’re always updating our programs, coaching our teachers through motivational workshops, and evaluating their performances.

Both at our school and through Nord Anglia University’s world-class training programs, our teachers have world-leading professional development opportunities that help them form a relationship tailored to the whole child—and not only the academics.

With plenty of resources at our fingertips—and with our COGNIA accreditation that grants us a dual degree of Ecuadorian and US standards—we continually uphold the best practices in the world.

INCREDIBLE LEARNING EXPERIENCES

At Colegio Menor Quito, there’s an exciting world of learning beyond the classroom. No matter what your child’s interests are, their passion and curiosity will be channeled into memorable adventures and activities.

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