Wendys Lugo, Maternal
Wendys considers herself an excellent leader with great interpersonal skills. She has experience working in many areas such as accounting, secretary, and she even has her own business. She served as a volunteer teaching with her church. She has two young children of her own and has loved teaching them as well.
Tory Powers, Preschool Levels 1 & 2
From a young age, Tory has been passionate about working with children. She volunteered in Asia as a teacher in different countries all over the continent. Ever since then, she has wanted to teach again. When she came to Nicaragua, she completed her TEFL certification to teach English. Shortly after, she started teaching ESL at Escuela Adelante. After being back in the states for a while, she is so happy and grateful to be back with us!
Luisa Lopez, Preschool Levels 1 & 2
Luisa Amanda Lopez Mora is originally from San Juan del Sur. She enjoys athetlics and has been with Escuela Adelante since its inception, in 2014. Luisa is an experienced preschool teacher and is currently studying pedagogy at the Universidad Paulo Freire, where she recently completed her third year.
Monica Jaens, Kindergarten, Lead Teacher Preschool and Primary
Monica Jaens has taught ESL (English as a second language) for over 14 years in Managua and San Juan del Sur. A graduate of UCA University in Managua with a degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, she is now part of Escuela Adelante’s team. Monica does double duty at Escuela Adelante, teaching our kindergarten class and also working as the lead teacher of all of our preschool and primary programs. She loves working with kids and she enjoys learning from them.
Maria Mercedes Rivera Navarro
Dona Mercedes is originally from San Juan del Sur. She has devoted 38 years in service to the children of San Juan del Sur, working with the Ministry of Education, local schools, and now with Escuela Adelante. Dona Mercedes enjoys teaching reading and writing in particular.