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Ana Maria Fernandez

Edu1st.Team - Ana Maria Fernandez

CEO & President - Edu1st.

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Gilberto Pinzon

Gilberto Pinzon

Vice president - Edu1st.

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Natalia Pinzon

Edu1st.Team - Natalia Pinzon


Wellness Program Coordinator - Edu1st.



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Edu1st present at the 2015 Summer Conference One Goal: ¨Building the Future Together Putting Families and Children First¨

We are very pround to be at this conference because is designed to share information on best practices in the field and to build common frameworks of knowledge and understanding to assist in unified planning for young children and their families.

Josefina in the world sharing VESS.


We are one

This year Edu1st celebrates 15 years of creating a culture of thinking and making a lifelong difference in each child and person. Since 2001, Education First Inc. has provided a challenging and enriching environment of early childhood education for children growing in a 21st Century impacting not only on children, but also on parents, educational providers and the community.

This dream started 15 years ago when Ana Maria Fernandez and Gilberto Pinzon decided to make their dream come true.They started opening a Preschool in Pembroke Pines and now Edu1st Preschool has grown into an international education company with more than 500 staff and teachers in 9 preschools and schools in more than 8 countries. Also Education First Inc.’s strategic plan has positioned the company in place no. 43 of the fastest growing companies in the education field in the United States in the decade of 2000 to 2010.

Committed to excellence in education, Edu1st uses the implementation of the Visible Thinking approach from Harvard University,Thinking as a pedagogical Strategy, 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.

We are the creators of VESS Curriculum (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 mental dispositions that respond to the needs of the 21st Century. This curriculum has inspired hundreds of teachers and educational centers in the United States and South America where the program has been implemented.

Edu1st has been around the world presenting and training educators with the VESS philosophy. We have coached and trained and inspired over 5000 educators on our VESS philosophy. We have presented numerous times at the International Conference on Thinking, and at several other international conventions for thinkers and educators.

Over the last 15 years, Edu1st has been on an exciting journey with many milestone events: from opening of our first preschool (2001), to the creation of the VESS Curriculum (2014), and the VESS Curriculum approved for the School Readiness Program, that meant a new and very exciting era for Education First.

We are very proud and exhited for all the things that are waiting for us. Thank you to all of our team members who have made this dream possible and have become agents of change.


La economía mundial, la comunicación y las nuevas tecnologías, nos exigen reflejar nuestro rol como educadores. ¿Qué esta pasando con la educación mundial de hoy en día? ¿Qué habilidades necesita un estudiante del siglo 21 para adaptarse y ser productivo en un mundo lleno de cambios rápidos e inesperados? ¿La educación ¨tradicional¨ es suficiente para proporcionar a los alumnos las habilidades necesarias?

El objetivo de la conferencia fue invitar a los maestros a re-descubrir su propio rol como educadores añadiendo verdadero valor a sus prácticas diarias.

El rol de los educadores debe cambiar de figura autoritaria hacia una figura de líder y administrador, cuyo trabajo es facilitar y promover la auto-construcción del estudiante. En un mundo moderno, la mayor responsabilidad del maestro es estimular la curiosidad y las habilidades del pensamiento crítico de cada estudiante, así como entender que cada individuo tiene sus propias fuerzas y debilidades que deben ser tratadas individualmente.

De esta manera, cada estudiante descubre, a su manera, los nuevos medios para formar hipótesis e ideas, ampliar sus perspectivas, hacer conexiones, y alcanzar sus metas. Esa es la belleza de este nuevo enfoque de la educación: En una época de cambio dinámico sin precedentes, no se está preparando al alumno para un sistema en particular, el alumno está siendo preparado para adaptarse y sobresalir en un contexto que no saben todavía.


The global economy, the communication outlets, and the new technologies require us to reflect on our role as educators. What is happening to education in the world today? What skills does the 21st century student need to adapt and be productive in a world full of rapid changes and surprises? Is “traditional” education sufficient to provide our students with these skills? To invite educators to rediscover their role within themselves while adding value to their everyday practices.

The role of the teacher must change from an authoritative figure to a manager and leader whose job is to facilitate and promote the student's self-build. In a modern world, the major responsibility of the teacher is to stimulate curiosity and critical thinking skills in each student, understanding that each has particular strengths and weaknesses that need to be addressed individually.

In this manner, each student discovers, in their own way, new means to form hypotheses and ideas, broaden their perspectives, make connections, and achieve their goals. That's the beauty of this new approach to education: In an era of unprecedented dynamic change, the learner is not being prepared for a particular system, the learner is being prepared to adapt and excel in a context that they do not know yet.