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Tuesday, 07 December 2021




Next day

Thursday, 09 December 2021



Olga Marina Botero Lizarazo
Head of Middle School


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics
  • Master’s degree in Education: Curriculum Design and

When I chose to study Mathematics, many of my classmates asked me the following question: “What are you going to do for a living if education doesn’t pay? And my usual answer was: “If I can touch the minds and hearts of children, I will have the best reward”. And this has definitely been my greatest satisfaction during the 28 years I have been educating teenagers.

Of my 28 years in education, 18 have been spent at The English School, where I have been trained in the model offered by the International Baccalaureate (IB). This training, together with my Master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Evaluation, has allowed me to work successfully as a Mathematics Teacher, Year Coordinator, Well-being Coordinator and Head of Upper School. I feel fortunate to have been able to get to know the school from the different roles I have held. As an educator and mother of two successful professional graduates of the school, I am convinced that The English School offers the best education by integrating the curriculum of the National Education System with that offered by the International Baccalaureate.

It is a pleasure for me to take on this new challenge as Head of Middle School and to work as a team with the MYP Coordinator, the University Guidance Counsellor, the Learning Support Coordinator, the psychologists and the excellent teachers to guide the teaching and learning process for students in Grades 5 to 9. It is here that skills development, learning in context, conceptual understanding, approaches to learning, community service, inclusion and diversity in the teaching-learning process and STEM education will be key to our students’ success in the Diploma Programme in Upper School.


Lizbeth Santana
MYP Coordinator

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis on History.
• Postgraduate in Social Sciences Research.
• Master’s degree in Education
• Community Education doctoral candidate.

In my 15 years of experience in education, I have published two books for the teaching of Social Sciences in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and I have also collaborated with several publishers. I am an International Baccalaureate educator and I have been the Head of the IB Examiners’ Team for Theory of Knowledge for the last 6 years. I joined The English School 10 years ago, time during which I have held various positions. I am currently the Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator.

From my point of my view, there is a need for renewal in the field of education to make it dynamic, flexible, and, above all, more fun with classes that young people want to go to every day. Therefore, I wonder, what skills and knowledge should students learn in a changing and increasingly complex world? How can the curriculum help students become good citizens, thinkers, and innovators?