Who’s new?

Who’s new?

There are a few new faces joining the TIDE Academy next year and we are very excited to add some enthusiastic and passionate members to the team. The 2019-2020 TIDE Academy team will be welcoming four new educators.

Our grade 1-3 lead teacher for English, Math and Science will be Leanna. Leanna has been teaching grade 1-3 in Costa Rica for the past 2 years and we are excited for her to continue her outstanding teaching practice here at TIDE Academy.  Leanna has teaching experience in the lower years, nursery and daycare in the United States. Leanna is most looking forward to working with small class sizes and having the autonomy to be able to structure her day, learning environment and units to suit her students needs.

Alyssa is a familiar face at TIDE Academy. Alyssa was here in March with ASU through the STEM teaching program. Alyssa has recently completed her degree in Pre-Med at ASU.  While teaching at TIDE Academy Alyssa was eager to get involved in the classroom and has amazing organization skills. Her experience teaching Biology at ASU, experience as a professor, work she does with primary schools and passion for the planet will be a warm welcome for our grade 4 and 5 Science class. Alyssa will also be teaching middle years math, Earth Science and Ocean Awareness.

Lastly, we welcome Hunter! Hunter is coming to TIDE Academy from Colarado where he works in outdoor education. Prior to pursuing outdoor education Hunter taught Social Studies, Advanced Government and Psychology; overseeing over 120 students. Hunter is passionate about the outdoors, meditation, teaches rafting and was recently teaching at Tahoe Mountain School.  Hunters exciting attitude will be welcomed as our Social Studies and Community Internship teacher this upcoming year.




Whats coming up at TIDE?

Sandra (Assit.)

It has been an incredible year at TIDE Academy. We have seen plenty of improvements and are happy with the personal and academic growth of the students. Purchasing the building has provided the school with the opportunity to continually add to the building and learning environment while still maintaining the same happy and enthusiastic atmosphere the school has always had.

The school has seen many changes from classroom renovations and additional A.C units added.   There have been bathroom renovations, a new library, rock climbing equipment added, a salmon later to the ninja warrior class and an outdoor stage. We are happy to announce all these changes have added so much to the physical learning space at TIDE.

We are also excited to share what teachers and staff will be returning next year.

Emily Brown will be returning for her 6thyear at TIDE Academy. Along with Emily’s past roles of overseeing transcripts, SAT Prep and High School Math, Emily will be taking on the role as the Lead Teacher for grade 11 and 12.  Emily will work to provide personalized programs for students in order to achieve their high school requirements, progress in their subjects of interest and transitioning to post secondary.

Jaime Pieitain will be returning for his 2nd year at TIDE Academy. Jaime’s wealth of experience teaching and monitoring Spanish levels has made him a key member of TIDE Academy.  Jamie’s experience as an ESL teacher gives him a deeper understanding of teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Jaime is a passionate teacher who sets high, but attainable standards for students.

“He is a competent at the subject he teaches, not only because he is a native Spanish speaker, but he knows how to speak Spanish. My daughter was able to jump ahead a year in her Spanish classes when she return after her semester at TIDE Academy.” – TIDE Academy Parent

Rebecca Porter will be returning for her 2ndyear as TIDE Academy’s grade 4-10 English Language Arts Teacher. Rebecca has worked tremendously hard this year differentiating learning for students, composing different types of writing and has a deep understanding of the progression of English. Her additional education in TEFL has been a big service in helping those who speak English as a second language.

Olga de Matheu Aguiluz will be returning for her 3rdyear at TIDE Academy. Olga will be continuing her work behind the scenes in the office. Olga will also be teaching some early year and middle years Cultura/Current Events classes in Spanish. This coming year our Cultura class will take a computing approach. Students will be using what they are taught to work on typing, making slides, forming documents, etc.

Sandra Stenberg will be returning for her 3rd year at TIDE Academy and will continue to work as a teacher assistant, working in the office and will also be our new school librarian. Sandra also does lunch orders, oversees the supplies and is a positive team member.

Adam Daniel will be returning for his 2ndyear as the Assistant Director. Adam will be stepping back from teaching high school to focus more on personalized expectations, overseeing academics, working with intervention groups and supporting teachers.  Adam has been furthering his professional development in Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Performance and Maintaining a Mindful life through the University of Monash. Adam will continue his academic credentials this summer taking Family Engagement in Education.

Chelsea will also be reducing her class load to be able to focus more on community connections and administration duties of TIDE Academy. Chelsea will be furthering her education over the summer taking classes on business and group leadership.

Stay tuned for our next blog on Who’s New.






What Do Students Like About TIDE?

One of the many reasons I enjoy being a part of TIDE Academy is the school’s size. Having under 70 students from Kindergarten to 12thgrade creates an environment that allows staff members to get to know everyone in the school on a personal level. Student relationships flourish throughout grades and there is always a lot of chatter and laughter at the school.  This week we take a break from our usual blog posts and talk to the students about what they enjoy about TIDE Academy.


What do you like about TIDE Academy?


“What I like the most is playing with friends and learning Math.”

-Mateo (Grade 2)


“I like how chill and nice it is. I especially like playing on the monkey bars and the slack line.”

– Penny (Grade 2)


“I like that it’s not a regular school. There is a lot less pressure here because teachers know and understand you more personally and academically. The teachers know your level and you get way more 1-1 attention when there is less than 30 kids in a classroom. The other kids are really nice here and it feels like supportive.”

-Zoey (Grade 9)


“It is nice here because there is no bullying and everyone is nice. The work is easier to get because there is less people (in class) and they can explain in more when you need help.”

-Grade 10


“I like it here because you really get to know your teachers and they are flexible to your schedule and life. The teachers are chill here and make you feel like a person and treat you with respect. If I have to miss school, it is also easy to catch up because there is only 6 people in my grade.”

-Grade 12 student


“For sure, one of my favorite parts of TIDE is the exciting learning environment. With the small classes we can get into in depth conversations and that helps me learn.”

-Nick (Grade 12)


“TIDE provided me the opportunity to help out in the community. The school is connected to the community and I have 2 jobs that I got through meeting people in the community internship class. I am very happy that the school provided me that opportunity.”

-Sam (Grade 12)





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.