Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday vacation.


I am very excited to be back in session.  As you can see we have many new faces and some additional classrooms!  We have separated grades 3 and 4 and 5th and 6th as well.  Emma and Maren, our newest additions to TIDE are very excited to join the team and help with the middle grades.  I wanted to go over a few updates and reminders just so we are all on the same page this January.

  1. Excused vs Un-excused Absences

            At TIDE we want to promote a flexible education that caters to traveling families and students with other priorities.  This means if a family wants to travel or a students needs to compete in another country we allow this time excused AS LONG as the parents inform the administration two weeks before the planned absence.  The student is then responsible for collecting and completing the necessary work while they are absent.  When the student returns the work is expected to be completed, if the work is not completed the student MUST stay after school to finish the scheduled work.  All students that are excused from school for more than a week will be required to fill out the new TIDE TRAVEL form when they return as well!

When a student is sick they need to bring in a Doctors note or medical form saying that they were unable to attend school, if such paperwork is not presented to the administration the day miss is an un-excused absence.

In summary all days are excused that have given the administration two weeks noticed and the student has informed his or her teachers.  If a student does not inform the administration of a future absence this day is un-excused unless a Drs note or medical form is presented to the administration.

  1. Cell Phone Use

Cell phones are still and have always been prohibited in class.  Students are to give all cellphones to the front desk at the beginning of the day.  If this is not done, Ali will collect them while doing attendance at the beginning of the day.  Please respect the rules of the school and remember if you need to reach your son or daughter the TIDE office number is: 4702-8795




  1. Enrichment Activities!

After school classes have begun!  PLEASE bring in the sign-up form so we know what classes you are taking.  If you have not signed up for any classes but you are staying afterschool you will be kept in study hall with Katie.  These forms are necessary to take the classes!

  1. Parent Teacher Meet and Greet!

Thursday the 26th we will have a Parent/Teacher Meet from 2:30-3:30.  We invite all parents to attend to meet the teachers and staff of TIDE.

As always if you have any concerns or questions about the classes your child is taking please let us know!  We want to cater to each child’s needs the best that we can!




Happy October!

Happy October!

This month has been flying by!


I just wanted to share a few announcements:


  • Rainy Season Vacation- There is no school next week (October 24-29), enjoy the rainy season and we will see you October 31st!
  • Surf Contest this weekend. Everyone is invited to come participate and or watch this weekends Surf the TIDE contest in Avellanas. All surfers can sign up on the beach at 7:00am, event will start at 8:00am
  • Tidal Dancers, TIDE’s Dance Academy is open! For more information on the classes, schedule, and additional information contact Emily at: Tidaldancers@gmail.com
  • Culture Week! This week all of Marielos’ students celebrated Dia de Cultura by bringing in foods from different countries. Ask your child(ren) what cultures they learned about
  • Gracias Jesus! A big thank you to Malakai’s dad for coming to TIDE and sharing his knowledge on fincas, plants, composts, and gardens in Ileana’s class.
  • October 31st School will be back in session. If your child would like to dress up for Halloween during school hours they are more than welcome to that day! We will not be having a Halloween party at school however, there will be a Halloween Celebration at CRIA
  • 1st-6th graders thank you for your patience with the change in teachers during this time. Alana will be back after the break. A huge thanks to Katie and Jamie stepping it up at this time!



Again, we welcome all parents to express their questions, suggestions, and/or concerns. We are forever grateful for your support!




Meet our 2016-2017 Teachers and Staff



Enrichment Class: Ocean Awareness

Chelsea (Director)Chelsea founded TIDE Academy in 2011 in her own backyard. She wanted to create a schooling program that allowed students to learn at his or her own pace and to allow students to focus on other priorities without being penalized. Since the first year the school has been gradually growing and now how reached its maximum enrolment of 42 students. Chelsea is very excited with the 2016-2017 staff, students, and families. Her goal is to continue to make TIDE better and better in all aspects: Academics, Enrichment Program, and TIDE Abroad. With the amazing support of the staff, family, and students there is no doubt this will happen! When Chelsea isn’t at TIDE she is organizing local surf contests, running Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf (CGS), Playing field hockey, or chillin with Moxie.




Ali and Ava (Admin)This will be Ali’s third year at TIDE Academy. Ali and her daughter Ava are excited to continuing the Admin role at TIDE. Ali, enjoys the office environment and working with all the amazing families who are part of the TIDE. We are sure you will be hearing from Ali at some point this year, please stop by and say hello to her and Ava any time!



Teaches Math and Sciences

Enrichment Classes: Dance and Stretch

Emily (9th-12th)Emily is a British Citizen born in Durban, South Africa. When she was 4 years old her and her family immigrated to the United States where she spent my childhood growing up in Houston, Texas.  She is a registered nurse with her certification from the St Bartholemew’s School of Nursing ( City University) in London, England. She specializes in HIV and Infectious disease.

Emily teaches mathematics from basics to advanced, Government and Economics and Life Sciences such as Anatomy and Physiology.

She also teaches dance. She is starting her third year at TIDE and she is excited for all the new changes and things to come with the school!  Emily firmly believes in the philosophy behind TIDE and that every child learns in his or her own way. “Every child deserves the chance to learn in a way that is comprehensible and exiting for them!”




Teaches: 1st and 2nd Grade

Enrichment Class: Art

Photo on 5-24-16 at 9.35 AMKatie is originally from New York City. She lived in Madrid, Spain for 4 years where she pursued her undergraduate degree and fell in love with the Spanish language. Katie has volunteered in Spain and Costa Rica as an ESL teacher. She just finished her second year as a certified elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C. She loves to incorporate the arts as much as possible into her teaching practice! In her spare time, she loves cooking exotic dishes, running, and traveling. She is so excited to be back in Costa Rica to join the TIDE Academy family.



Teaches: 3rd and 4th Grade, 5th and 6th Social Studies and Science

Enrichment Class: Homework Club

Alana (1st-2nd)Alana is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but has lived many places including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and for the majority of her life in South Carolina.  She spent the last 10 years in Colorado before moving to beautiful Tamarindo.  Alana will be teaching 3-4 grade Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies along with 5-6 grade Science and Social Studies.  Her after school program includes homework club where she will work with students who may need extra support understanding concepts, organizing and completing work or may need differentiated in a variety of ways to let their academic strengths shine and flourish here at TIDE Academy.  Alana graduated with an undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Science with a concentration in exercise science from the University of South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!!  From there she was accepted into the Occupational Therapy Masters program at Colorado State University where she completed her graduate studies and thesis to earn an M.A. in Occupational Therapy specializing in pediatrics both clinically and in the school setting.  Alana so excited to continue working at TIDE because of the students she is given the opportunity to interact with everyday.  Each and every one of them are so unique in personality and learning style that she really feels at home as an Occupational Therapist in a teachers role.  She is able to use her scope of practice as an Occupational Therapist understanding growth and development and the multitude of supports available for all varieties of learning styles while teaching TIDE students.



Teaches: 7th to 12th Grade Spanish and Social Studies

Enrichment Class: Spanish

208171_4426782641052_1098520707_nThis is Ileanis’s first year at TIDE and we are very excited to have her join the team! Ileanis is a widow and has 13 years old son named Manuel. She is from San José, Costa Rica where she studied Law. Ileanis came to Guanacaste two years ago and began working at the CPI language school in Flamingo. Now she lives her in Guanacaste with her family. She is honored and excited to teach at TIDE!




Teaches: 5th-12th Language Arts, World History

Enrichment Class: Future Prep

12933085_10205922498723479_2389742910093138315_nLori received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA., and her Masters of Teaching from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She has been teaching for five years, four of those years were in Washington State and one year in Costa Rica. Her teaching experience covers grades kindergarten through 12th grade, with the main focus being in History, English/Language Arts, Research Skills and Digital Citizenship/technology.   She is passionate about helping every student succeed and strive to facilitate students becoming life long learners. Lori is excited to work at TIDE and help her students grow in their knowledge while continually striving to improve her teaching.  Her and her husband have two daughters and they are excited to live in Guanacaste and be part of the TIDE community.  



Teaches 3rd-6th Grade Spanish, 3rd-7th Grade Cultura

12715426_1057671074296759_857296557799944816_nMariel is from Santa Rosa, Guanacaste. She studied at Universidad Latina where she received her Degree in Education and Computer Education. Mariel is excited to teach at TIDE where she will be focusing on helping the students learn and speak Spanish as well as have a better understanding about the Guanacaste, Costa Rican, and Latin cultures.

TIDE Documentary


With all these exciting new improvements at TIDE Academy we are beyond proud to present our first documentary entirely filmed, written, and made by TIDE Students. This year the film class taught by Matt Sampson filmed and interviewed more than 40 students, teachers, and parents. The interviews were compiled together to create a truly amazing documentary about TIDE Academy and what it means to the students, parents, and teachers.

TIDE Documentary

One amazing thing about the documentary was that all students, parents, and teachers were asked many times what they would change about TIDE Academy and the only suggestion was to get better chairs and more supplies.

We have filled a niche in the Guanacaste community that has helped so many families. At TIDE we want to provide a personalized and flexible education that is affordable and available to all families.

Currently more than 30% of the TIDE students are on partial or full scholarships. At this time we do not have a scholarship foundation at TIDE Academy. Instead these families are given discounted prices and it is up to TIDE to make sure there are enough funds to provide the necessary means for teachers and supplies.

In order to keep tuition costs down we put all of our focus on the basics that are necessary to maintain such a customized education.
There are so many things we want to do and improve at TIDE, however without the necessary funds we are only able to provide so much. That is why we will be launching our first ever online-fundraiser this summer. The funds will go towards:
• Completing a high school science lab
• An on-campus playground
• Improving classroom furniture (new chairs, tables, and shelves)
• Increasing amount of school materials (ink, paper, textbooks, etc…)

TIDE is only improving more each year, with your help we can continue to provide a flexible and personalized education to each of our students! Please take the time and watch our Documentary and please contribute to our summer fundraiser. Any amount helps!

To donate please go to our website: TIDEAcademy.com

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the continuous support!
Director of TIDE Academy