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Edu1st.Consulting CEO & President - Education First inc.

She is the founder and curricular coordinator for Education First Inc. USA.

Ana Maria is licensed in Preschool Education, San Buenaventura University. Bogota, Colombia.

She has a Master’s Degree in International Educational Management from the College of New Jersey, USA; an international program.

She is a Certified Trainer in Parallel Thinking by The DeBono Group USA. She also is a Certified Trainer in Thinking Maps by TM Inc. USA.

Ana Maria is an International Consultant specialized in Cultures of Thinking; Knowledge from Infancy and up; and also in Thinking as a Pedagogical Tool.

She has worked in the education field for more than 20 years and has founded two international schools in Bogota, Colombia and five schools in South Florida, United States.

Ana Maria has dedicated her work to the improvement of education through the implementation of the Visible Thinking approach from Harvard University, the Theory of Constraints TOC, the Strategies of Lateral and Parallel Thinking from DeBono, philosophy for children, and the processes of differentiation and inclusion, besides many others.

Ana Maria is the author of the VESS Educational Methodology (Vida Equilibrada con Sentido y Sabiduria in Spanish or a Balanced Life with Meaning and Wisdom in English) which utilizes thinking as a pedagogical tool from infancy and up to form citizens who are ethical and have habits of mind and dispositions that respond to the needs of the 21st Century. This model has inspired hundreds of teachers and educational centers in the United States and Latin America where the program has been implemented.

As an international speaker and lecturer, she has presented her work at several conferences across the world. Some of those conferences are: International Conference on Thinking ICOT, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2009, in Belfast, Ireland in 2011, in Wellington, New Zealand in 2013. She has also participated in the Latin America Heads Conference LAHC in Bogota, Colombia in 2009, Bogota 2010, Lima 2011, and Santiago 2012. Lastly she participated at the Conference of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development ASCD in USA 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Ana Maria leads diverse and ongoing research in her schools in South Florida, USA.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Skills for the 21st Century
  • Cultures of Learning and Thinking
  • Brain, Mind and Education
  • Visible Thinking
  • Inclusion and Differentiation
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Theory of Constraints TOC
  • Curriculum Design
  • Philosophy for Children
  • Education and Development from Infancy and up.



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