Early childhood education is crucial to overall academic success. Our teachers promote the development of physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. Learning is interactive and hands-on, lived through experiences, but most of all fun.  We foster independence by teaching children life skills they will need later on.

Intellectual: An enormous amount of learning happens during these early years. Rich language and stories in our K2 and K3 classes lead to a more developed vocabulary and eventually recognition of shapes and letters in print. In K4 we explore letter sounds, blends and begin the process of writing. These skills create the foundation in kindergarten that allows our students to advance to 1st grade reading and writing. Mathematical concepts are also explored beginning at an early age with shapes colors, number and eventually addition and subtraction.

  • Our preschool philosophy and curriculum focus on developing each child as a unique individual who learns and progresses at their own pace.
  • Our curriculum is specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of the children at their individual levels of maturity.
  • There is a balance between free choice and structure, quiet and active play, individual and community time, and inside and outside activities.
  • Learning Centers encourage decision making, involvement, individual exploration and expression, and focus on providing our students with a natural learning environment.
  • English instruction is done through games, songs, play and daily conversation.
  • The faculty and curriculum both focus on teaching our students to foster positive social relationships.
  • Students learn to share, problem solve, and demonstrate good manners.
  • Small class size ensures individual attention.

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Maria Benard

Preschool (K4) Lead Teacher
Ms. Maria, originally from Granada, lived 32 years in Costa Rica where she obtained her degree in Early Childhood Education from the Latin University of Costa Rica.  She has worked in several other schools with different pedagogies including Waldorf.  She has been both a teacher and a director of kindergarten programs so she brings a wealth of experience with her.
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Raquel Traña

Preschool (K3) Lead Teacher
Ms. Raquel has always known that teaching was her true vocation.  She began working at Granada International School in 2013 as a K4 assistant.   Her daughter is also a student at GIS.  She believes early childhood education is a very important period in a child’s life.  She makes sure each day is fun and unique.  She works hard to teach them to communicate their emotions and develop their skills.  She truly believes children teach us to teach them.  The best part of her day is when she sees her students smile.
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Katya Altamirano

Preschool (K2) Lead Teacher
Katya has found her passion in teaching early childhood education and is pursuing her degree in this field. She loves the hands-on approach and the students love the fun and creative teaching style Katya has brought to the classroom.  With her enthusiasm and joyful disposition, it is a pleasure to have her as part of our team.