Arizona State University

Arizona State University

It was an amazing week having ASU at TIDE Academy. There was an extra buzz having 10 undergraduate students join the team. The program offered at ASU is for undergraduate teacher assistants pursuing careers in health care and education. ASU students spent their week shadowing teachers, planning and teaching their own lessons while learning more about the education field and life in Costa Rica. Their enthusiasm, energy and knowledge were welcomed by staff, students and the whole TIDE community.

What did  ASU Students have to say?

“I absolutely loved working at TIDE Academy! I don’t get to work with young people often and was so exited with what I could gain from them. They are bright, intelligent and inspired me to continually strive to make the world a better place. I think the connectiveness to world that students develop living here encourages them to learn and help the environment.
– Alyssa

“Coming from a higher stress environment with not a lot of time and space to find balance made my experience in Tamarindo and at TIDE Academy a dream. Being able to have class discussions, connect with the students, work in small classes and use different teaching methods was great.” –ASU Student

What did students have to say?
“It was so fun in Science class learning about bugs, getting to make animal cards and seeing a spider come back to life after being frozen.” -Grade 6 student

“We learned so much reading and talking about sea turtles in our guided reading group. Everyone was so nice” – Grade 2 student

“It was interesting to learn about water conservation and waste. We compared households daily water uses in Arizona. It helped me be more aware of the amount of water I consume and how I can reduce it; It’s a real problem.” – Grade 11 students

One of the wonderful aspects of  TIDE Academy is the connections that you make with other programs that want to share in the schools mission and vision. We are grateful to have developed a relationship with ASU and are excited to announce that this will be an annual partnership program between ASU and TIDE Academy.

We are excited to be collaborating with Arizona State University.

Meet Adam

Meet our Assistant Director: Adam

Adam (Asst. Director)

For those who are currently part of the TIDE Academy community, you are already familiar with Adam’s outgoing, excited, passionate personality. Adam came to TIDE Academy in August to work as a classroom teacher and Assistant Director. But where what did Adam do before TIDE Academy? How did he get here and what does he do here?

Adam was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada where he grew up and worked on a farm. Adam pursued a career in ice hockey before transitioning into working in the agricultural industry.  Adam’s love for coaching youth in hockey led him to the University of Saskatchewan where he studied Indigenous Studies and World Religions before completing his Bachelor of Education.

Adam has experience working in teaching in many countries. This was one of the many reasons TIDE Academy thought Adam would be a great fit.  In Canada, Adam refined his teaching style working at an inquiry-based school and was the recipient of the Bates Award for Excellence in Extended Practicum. During his time working in Canada, Adam studied in Guatemala and was part of a social justice program that brought ninth grade students to New York City.

Adam’s adventurous spirit and dislike of the cold led him to England. In his two years there, Adam found his way from a classroom teacher into working on S.A.T preparation and monitoring. In addition he worked with vulnerable students and facilitated lectures on curriculum development, lesson planning and behavioural management at the University of Westminster. Adam continued his work as a consultant in the South of Spain and Portugal, working on assessing the effectiveness of schools to attain higher academic achievement.

The past two years Adam has worked in Nicaragua in curriculum development, as a curriculum co-ordinator and grade 5,6,7 teacher. During his time there he composed a grade 1-8 curriculum in Math, integrating American, Canadian, Singapore and UK standards. Part of his work included developing a Science and Social Studies curriculum incorporating the International Bachelorette units and American and Canadian standards.

Adam is currently teaching grade 6/7 Math, grade 12 History and is the Assistant Director. His role is rooted in student learning and the development of students academic, personal and emotional growth. He oversees teachers’ evaluations and planning, monthly assemblies and professional development. He focuses on independent learning plans, student behaviour, personalizes learning and collaborates with parents to address any concerns they may have.

We are very happy to announce that Adam will be joining TIDE Academy long term and I am excited to continually work with Adam into the future.

“I am beyond excited to become part of the TIDE community and work with Chelsea into the future. Working at TIDE Academy has been a dream come true for me. I believe in supporting community both personally and professionally through open and honest communication with all students, colleagues, guardians, and community members; TIDE Academy has allowed me to do that.”

Tidal Dancers

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” -Martha Graham

One, and two, and three and Dance! Not all TIDE Academy students attend Tidal Dancers, but you can often see those who do taking brief pauses around the school to express themselves through dance. Tidal Dancers brings together adolescence ages 3 to 18 and provides a range of different dance classes. Not only do the current dance students love Tidal Dancers, it also has many other benefits for youth. Tidal Dancers was founded in 2016 by Emily Brown.
Growing up in dance, Emily always wanted to create a space where children could have a creative outlet to express themselves through movement. Emily has grown up dancing and understands the values of having dance as an artistic channel for life.
Most of the Emily’s dance experience was gained while growing up in Houston and dancing at Dance Dimensions. Later, she continued perusing dance and training in London, England before finding her way to Costa Rica, where she has lived for 7 years.
In addition to running the Dance Academy and tutoring, Emily has been a veteran member of TIDE Academy since the schools third year. Emily’s biggest strength as a teacher is her ability to build relationships with her students. This quality has made Tidal Dancers a favorite for many of her students.

What do students love about Tidal Dancers?

“I really liked Emily as an instructor. She’s understanding of where students are at and can adapt to different dance levels.” Zoe

“It’s a great place to hang out with friends and have fun. Ohh, and Emily’s great!” Savannah

“I love lots of things about Tidal Dancers but there are a few special ones. I love how there are small classes and Emily can help each individual person on things they need help with. I love that he tells us how we can improve and whenever we are struggling, she makes sure we learn the dance move. I love Tidal Dancers and I’m always so happy to be there.” Abby 

What classes can you take at Tidal Dancers?

  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Lyrical
  • Tap
  • Hip hop

What do children gain from dancing?

  • Teamwork and meeting new friends
  • Perseverance
  • Discipline
  • Dedication
  • Respect
  •  Balance, coordination, memory, spatial awareness and posture

For more information about classes at Tidal Dancers, check out Tidal Dancers on Facebook or contact Emily Brown at

Habits of Mind

There are many elements that help us find success in life. As students grow academically, personally and socially they grow in developing themselves within the world. At TIDE Academy we have students and parents with different goals, aspirations and outlooks on success.  Regardless of what students pursue after their time in school, there are tools we can integrate that will support them achieve their goals. Today, we focus on the Four B’s and the Habits of Mind.


What are the Habits of Mind?

The Habits of Mind were developed by Costa and Kallick. They chose16 different aspects that students can use to approach dealing with problems that are not immediately known.


“Educational outcomes in traditional settings focus on how many answers a student knows. When we teach for the Habits of Mind, we are interested also in how students behave when they don’t knowan answer. The Habits of Mind are performed in response to questions and problems, the answers to which are not immediately known.” – Arthur L.Costa


Starting in Semester One we began introducing the Habits of Mind for teachers and students to focus on, in and out of class. The first four Habits of Hind that were chosen were:

  1. Thinking Interdependently
  • Team work
  • Cooperation
  • The ability to work with and learn from others in a reciprocal way
  1. Persistence
  • Sticking to it!
  • Persevering the task through to completion and remaining focused
  • Looking for ways to reach your goal when you are stuck.
  1. Finding Humor
  • Laugh a little!
  • The ability to laugh at oneself and situations.
  1. Respond with Wonderment and Awe
  • Have fun figuring it out!
  • Finding the world awesome, mysterious and being intrigued with phenomena and beauty.



Each class has the Habits of Mind on display and can be referenced as reminders during class. In addition to the Habits of Mind we also encourage students to use the Four B’s when faced with a problem. This step by step tool for students, helps them when facing a problem. Often, as educators with small class sizes, we help students as soon as they have a question or problem. Sometimes, this is necessary, but often the questions and clarifications they are asking for can be answered independently. The Four B’s help them to realize this:


Brain– Think about it!

Board– Is your answer somewhere in the room?

Buddy– Can the person next to me help?

Boss– If you tried all the other B’s, raise your hand and ask your teacher.


As we enter Semester Two more focus will be placed on using these tools in the classroom. We will be reviewing these Habits of Mind and the Four B’s at our upcoming assembly on Thursday. If you are interested in discussing these further, stop by the office to share your thoughts with Adam.