CEO & President - Education First inc.
Ana Maria Fernandez, has a BS in Early childhood Education and a M.Ed. on International and Overseas School Administration. She has worked in education for 18 years; founded CGB, The British School, int’l school in Colombia, following the British National Curriculum with the IB Diploma
For the past 11 years she has lead a group of 65 early childhood educators on the implementation and creation of a culture of thinking in five preschools in Broward County and 2 in Colombia.
Ana Maria has dedicated her work to improve early childhood education through the design and implementation of the Thinking Based Education approach used from early childhood on. Model designed by her, that is the result of a synergy of her own view of education with the latest methodologies of education for the 21st Century, among which are the Visible Thinking approach from Harvard University, The Theory of Constraint, the De Bono’s Lateral and Parallel Thinking strategies, Art Costa’s Habits of Mind, and Philosophy for Children approach among others.
She is a certified trainer for the De Bono Group on Six Thinking Hats and parallel Thinking. Has attended PZC at Harvard University and has served as an observer for WIDE World Spanish online courses.
She has presented her work in various international conferences, including the International Conference on Thinking ICOT held in 2009 in Malaysia, the 2010 and 2011 ASCD National conferences, 3 LAHC Latin American Heads Conferences, GISA annual conference in 2010 in Atlanta , and Learning and the Brain annual conference in Boston in November 2010. She presented at the LAHC conference in Lima last May 2011 and present 3 topics at the International Conference of Thinking to be held in Belfast in 2011.
Ana Maria also works as a consultant for schools and organizations interested in creating cultures of learning in their teams and leads various action researches at her schools.