Board of Directors & Advisors

Board of Directors

Maria Oneto


Mercedes Cantisano



Carolina Guzmán

Graphic designer and illustrator. Besides designing the school’s logo, she advises us on marketing, graphic design, and social media communication. (

Colegio Hacienda Los Alcaparros

Innovative, bilingual, K-12 school in Bogotá, Colombia, rated among the top schools in the country. The school’s director and Elementary principal support us with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to curriculum development (High cope©, STEAM©, Responsive Classroom©), school administration, and best practices in the education field. (

Eduardo Indacochea

Partner Group Manager at Microsoft. With vast experience in marketing, product creation, and scaling emerging products to millions, Eduardo supports us with budgeting, business plan development, and scale out.

Jennie Knapp

Certified K-8 teacher with seventeen years of teaching experience in the Northshore School District, including teaching in a STEM focused school. As a veteran educator, she shares her knowledge of best practices and educational standards.

María Elena La Faye

Retired French teacher and Associate Principal of a Peruvian-British school in Lima, Perú. She developed Círculo Mágico, a social-emotional curriculum especially designed for K-6th grade based on Mindfulness,  the Circle Time Method, and neuropedagogy. She provides guidance and support as we implement Círculo Mágico in the school.

Juan Miguel Lavista

Senior Director of Data Science at Microsoft. He shares with us his expertise in computer science (coding, programming, data analysis, artificial intelligence) and he is the liaison with (

Mariluz Restrepo

Professor Emeritus in liberal arts at the National University (Universidad Nacional) in Bogotá, Colombia. Her research about holistic education, art education, teaching practices, and communication processes serve as a guide for our learning-teaching approach.

Andy Shouse

Washington STEM©’s Chief Program Officer. He advises us on STEM© education, computer science curriculum, and connects us with leaders and innovative organizations in the field. (

Macarena Soza

Founder and director of La Casita ABCEspañol, a pre-school for Catholic, Spanish-speaking families in Bellevue. As an early childhood educator with a Master’s degree in Family Education, she shares with us her expertise in parent-child relationships, Spanish literacy, and operating a school. (