"Having worked with literally hundreds of academic field programs over the past 20 years, I can honestly say that Fit4Earth has established the gold standard in experiential education.  Fit4Earth offers a unique living classroom immersion program that fully engages students and their instructors—challenging them to observe, understand, and communicate the relationships between science, art, and the humanities; between people and the natural environment in which we live. The University of Georgia’s Costa Rica campus and faculty and the community of San Luis de Monteverde provide an enhanced educational environment in which Fit4Earth programs are delivered in a hands-on field setting, often incorporating new media technologies. The Fit4Earth curriculum options and instructional support resources are of the highest academic standards, and have been tried and proven to provide life-changing experiences for students participating in these programs"

Dr. Quint Newcomer

Director of UGA Costa Rica

Gabriela von Breymann

EDUCATION

MA Educational Leadership, Framingham University, 2011

Ed.M & MA, Education/Instructional Technology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1983 (Fulbright Scholar)

BA Mass Communication and 3 years Graphic Design, University of Costa Rica, 1980.

Skills and experience

25 years in Education.  Technology Coach, Integrationist, Teacher and MYP Coordinator. Worked in a multi-cultural environment in an IB Diploma school.

Fit4Earth Founder and Director.   Created and launched innovative startup company in Costa Rica’s educational market. Designed Fit4Earth Pedagogical Model and Scientific Immersion Program Concept.  

Launched and implemented innovative programs for the educational business sector in Costa Rica. Director for FutureKids, Apple Costa Rica, and Project Lazos. Founder and Director of CompuCamps.

High/Middle School Technology Coach, iPad Program Coordinator, Technology Integrationist and Teacher, Middle Years Program Coordinator (International Baccalaureate)

Facilitated iPad Curriculum Integration and Professional Development opportunities for secondary teachers.  Established a coaching model to address staff different profficiency levels and experience.  Provided 1/1, small group, grade level, department and team teaching sessions focused on the use of the iPad to empower student learning, teaching strategies and assessment. Trained 54 teachers in iPad basic functionalities, and apps that promote student creativity and improve assessment (KeyNote, Pages, Numbers, Notability, iMovie, SparkVue, TurnItIn, etc.)  Developed Teacher Professional Development Program and How To support resources. 

Led teachers  in the design, development and execution of subject, grade and cross level interdisciplinary technology and service learning infused projects. Developed and provided online resources to support students and teachers. 

Designed and developed Technology Integration Matrix, App Selection Model and "First Indigenous Costa Rica Children Summit", recognized by the goverment of Costa Rica as a "Public Interest Event".

Commmittees:  Headed Lincoln School Technology Plan & Tech Mentor Commmittees.  Member of  Innovation,  Assessment, Coordinators and Advisory committees.

Selected as one of the 12 National Technology Tutors for Costa Rica's  Ministry of Education “The computers as a Tool in Costa Rica Elemenatary Schools”.  Attended  M.I.T. Media Lab - Dr. Seymour Papert, Logo 3 week  training session.

 

Designed successful strategies to launch and implement innovative programs in Costa Rica's  educational business sector.

Founder and Director of Fit4Earth.  Leads management, strategic planning and marketing. Creates and delivers marketing resources: presentations, brochures, newsletters, videos, and webpage. Identifies potential sales, visits target secondary schools and develops Fit4Earth School Program Proposal and follow up. Provides online resources to facilitate immersions: pedagogical templates and logistics forms (schedules, permission slips, payments, etc.) Identifies and recruits potential university field stations suitable to carry out program.  Coordinates with appointed field stations workshops, service learning, budgeting and evaluations.

Academic Director of Futurekids.  Adapted franchise curriculum and developed new programs to match local school needs. Launched and led operations,  including: managment, staff recuiting, training and evaluation, marketing, and sales. Successful implementations in nine private schools. Developed local Franchise Operations Manual, Staff Performance Evaluation and School Technology Maturity Diagnostic procedures.

Director of  Project Lazos - “Improving High School Education in Marginal Areas of Costa Rica and the United Stated Through Cultural Exchange and The Use of Virtual Classrooms”  Project Proposal recieved a $125,000 grant and was financed by Costa Rica USA (CR-USA) Foundation.   Coordinated virtual course development and delivery with Buffalo State University, Lincoln School and 3 public high schools and, local technology provider.  Led bid to equip local sites and trained teachers in use of technology and best practices. Developed project objectives, tasks & results, timeline, budget and evaluation. 3 videoconference courses produced and delivered to 170 students and 64 teachers in Costa Rica and the United States.

Educational Manager Apple Costa Rica.  Developed  proposal and bid for Costa Rica's  Ministry of Education “Computers as a Tool in Costa Rican High Schools”. a nationwide technology implementation plan.  

Director and founder of COMPUcamps.  In 1985 developed a unique and innovative summer camp concept  which combinied state of the art educational technology (LOGO) workshops  with  camp recreation programs..  300 children attended 11 summer camps.

We proudly partner with:

UGACR

Associated with:

Colegio de Biólogos de Costa Rica

Associated with:

Colegio de Licenciados y Profesores de Costa Rica

Costa Rica Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Initiative Program

Cámara de Comercio Costa Rica

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Address

Fit 4 Earth
(506) 2203-0579
[email protected] - (506) 7012-0897
172-2250 Tres Ríos, Cartago, Costa Rica