Country of Origin: Chile
Education: BA in Education, Montessori Certified, Reggio Emilia Study weeks Certifications & Master Administration in Education
Alexandra Castro received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile , the nation’s premiere university for early childhood education. Then, after having taken a short course in Montessori teaching, she decided to further her studies with a post-graduate Montessori course at Seton Montessori Institute, in Chicago Illinois. At SMI she earned a degree in Montessori teaching for 3-6 years old children. Alexandra is very proud of the fact that she learned English, her second language, as an adult during her time in Chicago and not as early as she would have liked. This experience has helped her empathize with the children & Families as they learn their own second language.
Alexandra has been a member of the American Montessori Society since 2000 and has visited many international schools including an enriching experience in China. For the past 15 years she has participated in a variety of IBO accredited PYP workshops & IB Conferences as a Local Arrangement Committee Member in Texas and Mexico. She has gained expertise and understanding of different methodologies such us Waldorf, High Scope, and Reggio Emilia. Her interest in Reggio Emilia resulted from her attending “The Hundred Languages of Children” exhibition and reading the book by the same name. Alexandra has continued to learn about Reggio Emilia and has visited the pre-schools in Italy and their new primary school.
Alexandra has 26 years of teaching experience at the early childhood level as well as several years in education-related, non-profit organizations. She has taught in her second language throughout her career. She taught for 15 years in a bilingual kindergarten at Santiago College in Santiago, Chile. Santiago College is an internationally renown school accredited by the IB and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). During her time at Santiago College she was actively involved in the school’s PYP authorization process with the IBO and was also the CAS Coordinator for the Kindergarten area.
Alexandra was a kindergarten 3 teacher at the International College Spain (ICS) in Madrid, the leading international school in Spain. At ICS she especially enjoyed the stimulation and challenge afforded by the multicultural and multilingual families. In any one year there have been up to 10 different languages spoken in Alexandra’s classroom and English has been not only the second, but the third or even fourth language spoken by an individual student. For the last 4 years Alexandra has also carried the position of PYP Spanish Coordinator. She organized and led the Spanish teaching staff in preparation for the 2008 evaluation visit by the IBO which resulted in a commendation by the same organization for the school’s performance and continued quality improvements.
Prior Ave International School, she was a founder Teacher, IB coordinator and Deputy Head of School at The Magellan International School. She feels a strong affinity to the Magellan International School’s focus on a multicultural, multilingual IB program.
In a classroom with Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches, where parents are encouraged to participate in a very open and warm atmosphere and where “Learning will happen among happy, motivated and thoughtful children.” Alexandra will encourage children to be tolerant and respectful people who, with their knowledge, will be equipped to take action.
Alexandra’s interests are education, travel, cooking and being a mom. She has been able to indulge her passions by studying about different teaching methodologies and traveling overseas meeting different PYP schools and teachers in China, Mexico, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Austria, Mexico and Greece, among others. Her plans for the future are to continue her studies into Special Needs education, specializing in Feuerstein cognitive enrichment program.
Alexandra is looking forward to contributing her energy, creativity, and experience and is delighted to be a founding member of Ave International School. She is committed to contributing to AIS community in setting a strong foundation for future growth and success.