Our Team

Our team is made up of highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in the field of education.

Equipment

Executive Team

Marcela Marzolo Malagarriga

Executive Director

Early childhood educator and special education teacher from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Diploma in attachment and infant mental health from the Universidad del Desarrollo, and diploma in leadership and executive coaching from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

"My approach to the world of education has always been related to the possibility of contributing to equity and equal opportunities in our country.
I am grateful to be part of a team that shares the value of respect and the promotion of people, because it is from there that we can generate real social change.

Roberto Molina Fuentes

Deputy Manager Administration and Management

Commercial Engineer from the Mariscal Sucre University, Diploma in Human Resources Management from the University of Chile. "I am deeply motivated by the knowledge that my work and my profession contribute to improving the education of children in our country.

A Good Start

Perla Chávez Spuler

Head of Programme and UBC Network

History and geography teacher from the Universidad de Playa Ancha de Ciencias de la Educación, with a postgraduate degree in psychopedagogy from the Universidad Central. Specialisation as an expert in improvement from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

"Working at the Foundation allows me to contribute a grain of sand to my dream of creating a better society, to generate networks that collaborate with a common goal, to share learning and experiences and above all to provide tools that allow us to advance in the opening of new and better opportunities for our children. They are the daily driving force behind what we do.

Carolina Zúñiga Valdés

Coordinator of Networks and Supporters

Early childhood educator with a specialisation in communication and language disorders from the University of Valparaíso. Master's degree in management and leadership in educational management from the Andrés Bello University.

"My motivation for working in education is children and their dreams. For me, the teaching profession is the one that can bring about changes in the culture and beliefs of a society, and can diminish the great social gap and increase opportunities".

Cristina Sepúlveda Miranda

Field Coordinator

Early childhood educator with a specialisation in language, initial communication and initial mathematics from the Universidad Católica del Maule.

"I have always been interested in working with the youngest children, and I have come to understand more and more how important it is to develop and strengthen skills from the earliest years. This is why the Foundation had such an impact on me, as it allows me to contribute to the improvement of early education.

Alexandra Frías Aldunate

Field Coordinator

Professor of biology and science at the Universidad de Playa Ancha and Education Sciences. Master's degree in curriculum development and educational projects from the Andrés Bello University, diploma in Neurosciences for learning at the University of Santiago.

"Working in education is a spiritual and vocational necessity, so I am proud to be an active part of one of the fundamental pillars of our society, which is education".

Constanza Gahona Lizama

Field Coordinator

Social worker at the Andrés Bello University.

"I am interested in working to contribute to improving the quality of education. At the Foundation I am struck by the way they work and present the results clearly and with real data.

 

Carla Garrido Herrera

Field Coordinator

Early childhood educator from Arturo Prat University. Postgraduate degree in special and differential education from Iplacex.

"On a day-to-day basis, I am very inquisitive and curious, and working at the Foundation allows me to continue researching, learning and acquiring the necessary tools for the benefit of the children".

Danae Aravena Benavides

Coordinadora de Terreno Red UBC

Socióloga de la Universidad de Concepción, Magister (c) en estudios sociales latinoamericanos de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Curso de especialización de herramientas metodológicas participativas para los territorios. Centro latinoamericano para el desarrollo Rural. Curso de especialización entramados socio productivos Fundación Epyca y Universidad de Buenos Aires.

“Mi principal motivación para trabajar en educación inicial es la convicción de que una educación integral y de calidad es la principal herramienta para generar cambios socioculturales profundos en la sociedad, los cuales son fundamentales para repercutir en el presente y forjar un mejor futuro”

Issa López López

Field Coordinator

Early Childhood Educator, Bachelor of Education from the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación. Diploma in Education for Diversity at the Instituto Profesional de Chile.

"Since I was a child I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. Today, that dream has come true and I am happy to be able to contribute a grain of sand to empower children in their knowledge and learning from another area of early education.

We Learn

María Paz Collao González

We Learn Programme Manager

English teacher at the University of Santiago de Chile and graduate in Project Based Learning with implementation of decree 67 and
Certification in Inverted Classroom Strategies from the Chilean Association of Neurolearning.

"Public education for me is key to the progress of society. Working at the Foundation supporting public school teachers and principals to improve their practices is a tremendous challenge and motivates me to do my best every day".

Fernanda Herrera Orellana

We Learn Coordinator

English teacher at the University of Santiago de Chile and graduate in Project Based Learning with implementation of decree 67 and
Certification in Inverted Classroom Strategies from the Chilean Association of Neurolearning.

"Working at the foundation allows me to actively contribute to the education of people. From my experience I can share and transmit the value of language as a tool that not only functions as a window to the knowledge of the world and its cultures, but also as a way to know oneself and achieve a continuous integral development".

Karla Raipán Ferrada

 Coordinadora We Learn
 

English teacher and Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Universidad de Concepción.Master's Degree in Curricular Innovation and Educational Evaluation from the Universidad del Desarrollo.Diploma in Instructional Design for Online Education from EduChile Foundation.

Advanced Certificate in English (CAE) Cambridge English Examination.

English teacher and Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Universidad de Concepción.Master's Degree in Curricular Innovation and Educational Evaluation from the Universidad del Desarrollo.Diploma in Instructional Design for Online Education from EduChile Foundation.

Advanced Certificate in English (CAE) Cambridge English Examination.

Cristina Ramos Nina

We Learn Coordinator

English teacher and Bachelor of Education from the Universidad de Playa Ancha de Ciencias de la Educación. Master in Curricular Innovation and Educational Evaluation from the Universidad del Desarrollo and International Teaching Certification "Teaching Knowledge Test - Young Learners" (Knowledge about teaching English to children and adolescents).

 

“Me apasiona profundamente el tema de la educación, desde cuando uno planifica una clase, el hacerla, hasta que los niños responden con un “aaahhh”, es simplemente maravilloso todo el proceso de aprendizaje de los niños y niñas”.

Diego Aldana Bravo

Coordinador We Learn

 

Profesor de Educación Media en Inglés y Magister en la Enseñanza-Aprendizaje del Inglés como Idioma Extranjero (TESOL), Universidad Metropolitana Ciencias de la Educación. Diplomado en Gestión Cultural, Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Especialista en PBLL (Project-based Language Learning).

 

“Desde comienzos en mi ejercicio docente, he detectado carencias en la forma de enseñanza del idioma, por tanto me vi a la tarea de innovar y cambiar el paradigma desde la motivación. 

Aplicando una nueva metodología basada en proyectos, pude evidenciar cambios significativos en el desempeño escolar. Con el objetivo de difundir y replicar esta dinámica, me empeñé en capacitar a más docentes con mi experiencia, y así motivar a más estudiantes en el aprendizaje del Inglés”.
 
 
 
 

Attendance

Yanira Alée González

Head of Attendance

Social worker from the Universidad Católica del Maule, family mediator and Master in family sciences from the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción. Specialisation as an expert in improvement from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

"I am proud to work in the Foundation, whose essential focus is on the children in early education in our country and the importance of working to expand their opportunities through the empowerment of learning that will be key to their future".

Karina Peña Liempi

Attendance Coordinator

Teacher of basic general education at the University of La Serena. Diploma in leadership and management from the Universidad de la Frontera, Master's degree in education with a specialisation in curriculum and evaluation from the Universidad Mayor.

"During my professional career, I have realised that work must be done in various areas in order to achieve quality learning for students. I am motivated to explore knowledge and this has led me to investigate the different guidelines that have an impact on education, including school attendance.

Paula Herrera Barrientos

Attendance Coordinator

Sociologist from the University of La Frontera, Master in Local and Regional Human Development from the same university.

"Having worked in different higher education institutions made me realise that the gaps in education start at the earliest levels. It motivates me a lot to be able to work in a Foundation that focuses on these issues and that generates a real impact on those children who need it most.

Education Management

María Virginia López Butrón

Head of Education Management Area

Psychologist from the Universidad de Los Andes, with a diploma in educational psychology from the same university. Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming. Trainer of "Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI)" and "Train-the-Trainer Pre-k Program", both given by Teachstone.

"Working at the Foundation has been a unique opportunity to put all my skills and knowledge into practice. However, the best thing is being able to be part of the observation of the results obtained through years of designing strategies that contribute to improving children's development".

Paula Armijo Núñez

Education Management Coordinator

Early Childhood Educator from the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación (UMCE). Diploma in Project Based Learning with implementation of decree 67 and
Certification in Inverted Classroom Strategies from the Chilean Association of Neurolearning.

"Almost 10 years working at the Foundation have marked my professional career. I joined convinced that here I could contribute to improving the quality of education in vulnerable contexts and thus give more and better opportunities to children in our country.

Genoveva Farias Munzenmayer

Education Management Coordinator

Early childhood educator from the Andrés Bello University. Post-graduate degree in psycho-pedagogy and diploma in learning difficulties from the Universidad Central. Diploma in Project Based Learning with Implementation of Decree 67 and Certification in Inverted Classroom Strategies from the Chilean Association of Neurolearning.

"I always liked teaching, but especially working with children from vulnerable sectors. I joined the Foundation motivated not only to work teaching children.

Tatiana González Díaz

Education Management Coordinator

English teacher at the University of Arts and Social Sciences, Master in Curriculum Development and Educational Projects at the Andrés Bello University. "For me, education has always been a great challenge and a fundamental factor for the development of our society. Working in this foundation has allowed me to contribute to this task, providing tools to help our schools and teachers. In addition, I have been able to develop as a professional and enhance my skills".

Transfer of Learning

Yael Codriansky Rodríguez

Digital Content and Resources Coordinator

Molecular biotechnology engineer from the University of Chile. Master's degree in curricular innovation and learning assessment from the Universidad del Desarrollo. Diploma in quality management systems from Bureau Veritas.

 "I enjoy working on mobilising beliefs and ways of doing things in adults, both at classroom and management level, and observing children's innate love of learning. 

Giovanna Méndez Saluzzi

Learning Resources Coordinator

Early childhood educator from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Master's degree in Quality Educational Management from the Universidad de Los Andes and postgraduate degree in Human Resources Administration from the Universidad de Santiago.

"I am motivated to propose and carry out new challenges in the service of children and their families, seeking in this process the opportunity to form people who are capable of freely developing their own life projects".

Lorena Espinoza Espinosa

Learning Transfer Area Coordinator

Early Childhood Educator at the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación.

"I joined the Foundation happy to find an institution that works in what I am passionate about: kindergarten education, with clear evaluation instruments and a focus on vulnerable children.

Joselyn Manríquez Arancibia

Coordinator of the Link with the Environment

Journalist, Bachelor in Social Communication and Master in Communication Sciences with a specialisation in Strategic Communication, from the University of Santiago de Chile.

"I have always had a vocation for communications and education. It motivates me to know that I can contribute from these areas to the Foundation's links with the environment and to the organisations with which its team of professionals works collaboratively.

Continuous Improvement

Pablo Muñoz Lucero

Head of Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

Sociologist and Political Scientist from the Diego Portales University. Master's degree in Methods for Social Research from the Universidad Diego Portales. Master's Degree in Statistics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Master's Degree © in Education with a focus on Measurement and Evaluation of Learning from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Specialisation as an expert in improvement from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

"The Foundation addresses the specific problems faced by public educational establishments in a systemic way, not only focusing on children.

Susana Toledo Valdebenito

Continuous Improvement Coordinator

Teacher of basic general education at the University of La Serena. Master's degree in management and leadership for educational management, diploma in educational policies and strategic management of educational organisations from the Andrés Bello University. Specialisation as Improvement Expert from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

"During my professional development I have observed teachers and management teams with a great need and motivation to enhance their leadership skills.

María Elena González Raggio

Data and Logistics Coordinator

Professor of French at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

"I came to the foundation with the enthusiasm of collaborating in a non-profit institution. Here I am in charge of tracking data and organising the logistics of all the events of the Un Buen Comienzo programme.

Javiera Sotomayor Graber

Continuous Improvement and Evaluation Coordinator

Sociologist from the Universidad Diego Portales. Currently studying for a diploma in Data Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

"I have always been passionate about the idea of continuing to develop as a professional convinced of being part of the change factor, characterised mainly by a continuous interest in learning and the social impact of decisions.

Communications

Juan Herrera Alarcón

Jefe de Comunicaciones

Journalist from the Universidad de Arte y Ciencias Sociales (ARCIS), diploma in strategic communications management from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

"I have always been convinced that education is the main tool to end the country's inequalities and to be part of a project that contributes with so much love and dedication to that goal makes me very proud.

Claudia Cañas Vargas​

Coordinadora de Producción y Logística​

Advertising technician with mention in graphics from Esucomex, diploma in community management, Universidad Mayor.

"Since I was a teenager I did volunteer work with children at social risk in vulnerable areas of our capital. I have always believed that we can give them a better future and be a better country. That's why I joined the Foundation, motivated by the commitment to promote equality and quality education for our children".

Claudia Bustos Riquelme​

Coordinadora de imagen corporativa​

Multimedia Graphic Designer at the ARCOS Professional Institute.

“Llegué a la fundación motivada, principalmente por el trabajo que tienen hacia los niños y niñas en la primera infancia, en la educación de calidad y equitativa. Espero lograr que mi aporte en el diseño gráfico sea en beneficio tanto para ellos y ellas y todo el equipo”.

Jacqueline Otey Águila

Coordinadora de Medios

 Periodista de la U. Bolivariana, con diplomado en Actualización Periodística en la Pontificia U. Católica de Chile. Durante más de 20 años de labor periodística, he trabajado en medios escritos, digitales, mundo editorial e instituciones enfocadas en la superación de la pobreza y vinculadas a la educación inicial.

“Hace algunos años, tener un trabajo con sentido se convirtió en una meta personal y, afortunadamente, temas como el valor de la primera infancia y la educación irrumpieron en mi vida laboral. Con el tiempo, he comprobado la importancia que niñas y niños reciban educación de calidad. Ellas y ellos tienen derecho a aprender y desarrollarse, siempre bajo el acompañamiento de un equipo de profesionales que les den un lugar protagónico”.

Administration and Management

Aldo Pesce González

Administration and Management Coordinator

Commercial Engineer from the University of Santiago de Chile.

"I like working at the Foundation because its focus is on children and that makes me very proud, as I believe that children are the most important thing in a society".

Karina Castro Oyarzún

Administration and Management Coordinator

Commercial engineer from the Universidad Pedro de Valdivia, with a diploma in management control from the Universidad de Chile.

"My motivation is to continue to grow professionally and socially and through my actions within the foundation and my daily life to make a constant contribution to the creation of a better world".

Rosa Castro Palacios

Secretary Santiago

English teacher at the Universidad Técnica del Estado and bilingual secretary at the Manpower Institute
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"I am motivated to work at the Foundation because of its dynamism. The different teams are always facing challenges that lead us to always want to be at the forefront of developing quality education for all children in our country in the area of early childhood education.

Ricardo Vidal Muñoz

Administrative Assistant Santiago

"Entering the world of education has been a completely new experience, and although I work in the area of administration, I feel that I am contributing in some way to improving the quality of education for the children of our country".

Teresa Espinoza Meneses

Secretary Rancagua

Social technician of the Liceo Técnico A4.

"For me it is very important to be part of this Foundation, as I feel that every day we are doing our bit for a better education".

Sujey Gacitúa Luengo

Administrative Assistant Rancagua

Technician in nursery education at the IPG Rancagua Institute.

"I work at the Foundation because I feel that I can contribute a little bit to the education of many children in our country, apart from the human quality, the work support and the desire to continue learning, make me fall in love with my work more and more".