Karol Villalobos Ovares

EL Preschool Teacher, Costa Rica

Karol was born in San José, Costa Rica. She graduated in Preschool Education with an Emphasis in Bilingual Teaching at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and later specialized in Learning Disabilities at Universidad Fidelitas. Being diagnosed in her adulthood with attention deficit and hyperactivity made her understand her difficulties and little empathy with which the educational system addresses these realities in childhood.

Therefore, encouraging her to study education. She focuses her efforts on providing an active, dynamic, and inclusive education proposal. She pursues the knowledge of her students by enhancing their skills and creating procedural strategies for their development by discovering their intrinsic motivations and generating autonomy, security, and satisfaction.

With more than fifteen years of experience in teaching, she is passionate about sharing with her students in artistic-playful environments, the creation and discovery of linguistic resources and technological tools in real and everyday contexts, that promote the acquisition of English language. She is currently researching and putting into practice respectful models of teaching a second language in early childhood, considering active listening, and playing as promoters of their skills, and the awakening of phonemic awareness for the construction of words, phrases, etc. Based on methodologies such as Montessori and Reggio Emilia, among others that foster child’s development and their construction of knowledge.

A good day happens when she hears her students express themselves spontaneously and naturally with each other in English, regardless of the amount of words or meaning, the only thing that matters is their effort and willingness to communicate in English.

* Schedule: Karol will be presenting on a general session panel on Wednesday, March 3rd from 1:00-1:35 pm MST.