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At Colegio Menor Samborondón, our teachers are experts with local and international experience—and their passion for learning is contagious!

They’ll motivate your child to achieve more than they ever imagined possible.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Our teachers will unleash your child’s creativity and love of learning to make an impact in their journey with education. They’ll build a strong relationship with your child, motivating them each step of the way—and 95% of our current parents strongly agree with this student-teacher bond.

As a part of Nord Anglia Education’s international school group, we only recruit the world’s most qualified educators who tailor learning to each student. They’ll make sure your child is happy and engaged every day. 

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MEET OUR TEAM

Our highly qualified team is ready to guide your child every step of the way!
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CINDY PIETERICK
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Cindy Pieterick is currently the Head of School at Colegio Menor Samborondón. 

She has been director of academic programs with more than 20 years of experience in educational leadership.
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CINDY PIETERICK - HEAD OF SCHOOL
She has extensive experience leading schools through continuous improvement cycles that are required for accreditation and standards reviews. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.

She has experience working in schools at United States, Puerto Rico and in Ecuador in both cities: Quito and now at Guayaquil. Among all her vast experience, when she was a  Director of the Caribbean School in Ponce, Puerto Rico, she developed a community focused on uniting teachers, students, and parents through successful accommodations and adjustments due to the COVID pandemic. 
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JOANNA DOMÉNECH
EARLY CHILDHOOD PRINCIPAL
Joanna Doménech is currently the Early Childhood principal in Colegio Menor Samborondón, where she has been since 2013. She holds two master’s degrees from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a certificate from Harvard University.
JOANNA DOMÉNECH
Joanna is the Early Childhood principal in Colegio Menor Samborondón. She holds a Master's in Education and another in Early Intervention and Child Development, both from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Additionally, she has a certification in Early Childhood Leadership and Teaching for Cognitive Growth from Harvard University. Since 2013, she has been part of Colegio Menor Samborondón, where she has also served as a teacher assistant, teacher, and instructional facilitator in the Early Childhood area.
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KRIZIA LOFFREDO
LOWER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Krizia Loffredo is currently the Lower School Principal at Colegio Menor Samborondón, where she has been since 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education (Tulane University), a master’s in Special Education (University of Michigan), and an International School Leadership certificate.

KRIZIA LOFFREDO
Krizia is currently the Lower School Principal at Colegio Menor Samborondón. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Tulane University and a Master of Education in Special Education from University of Michigan. Krizia also holds an International School Leadership certificate.

She also holds an International School Leadership certificate from the Principal Training Center, and she completed the Senior Leadership Program from Nord Anglia Education. She has been part of the Menor family since 2014, where she has also been an elementary teacher and instructional facilitator.
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CAROLINA FERRO
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 
Carolina has a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.S. in Education and Technology and is currently completing a PhD in Complex Thought.
She has worked in several prestigious institutions in Colombia, including the Gimnasio Campestre school, in the city of Bogotá.
 
CAROLINA FERRO
Carolina has a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.S. in Education and Technology and is currently completing a PhD in Complex Thought.

She has worked in several prestigious institutions in Colombia, including the Gimnasio Campestre school, in the city of Bogotá.
 

TEACHING QUALITY

All our teachers hold Qualified Teacher Status and are highly experienced both locally and internationally. Most of our teachers also hold at least one master’s degree and an advanced certificate.

To maintain our top quality, our teachers are supported with world-class training and resources from Nord Anglia University as well as Nord Anglia Education’s global teaching standards and research—which are frequently updated to stay at the top. 

  • MIT and The Juilliard School—Nord Anglia Education’s collaborators in STEM and the performing arts—provide our teachers with special training every year.
  • Our teachers consistently build their leadership skills and can earn, through Nord Anglia Education, an Executive Master’s in International Education from King’s College London—one of the world's best universities.
  • Using Nord Anglia University, our teachers exclusively connect and collaborate with 10,000 other teachers worldwide.
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QUALITY ASSURANCE

With a “growth mindset” about every aspect of our school, we know we always have room for improvement. That’s why we’re constantly updating our programs and coaching and evaluating our teachers to ensure our top quality every year.

We surpass the requirements from the local ministry of education and follow the US “Common Core” standards and Next Generation Science Standards about what our students will master at the end of each academic year. This sets us up for international excellence.

At an international level, we’re certified by COGNIA—an international accreditation and certification organization—where our score of 360/400 has ranked us as a high impact school for leadership, learning, and resources.
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OUTSTANDING LEARNING EXPERIENCES

There’s a world of learning beyond the classroom at Colegio Menor Samborondón. No matter what your child’s interests are, their passion and curiosity will be channeled into meaningful activities and adventures.

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