Team

We are a non-profit organization that promotes early childhood development and education, through collaborative networks and the continuous improvement model of teaching and leadership skills.
Together with educational teams, administrators and supporters, we innovate in order to contribute to the improvement of public education in Chile.

Executive Team
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Marcela Marzolo Malagarriga |
Executive Director

Nursery school educator and special education teacher.  Graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  Continuing education certificates and diplomas from Universidad del Desarrollo and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

“My approach to education has always been related to increasing the equity and equality of opportunities in our country.  I am grateful to be part of a team that prioritizes the development of opportunities and respect for all people; including children.  I believe this foundation and others like it are essential participants to a collective approach for achieving true social change”.

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Roberto Molina Fuentes Administration and Management Deputy Manager

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Mariscal Sucre, with a diploma in Human Resources Management from Universidad de Chile.

“I am driven by the knowledge that my work and my profession contribute to improving the education of children in our country”.

Administration and Management
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Aldo Pesce González | Administration and Management Coordinator

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

“I like working at the Foundation because its primary focus is children and that fills me with pride, because I believe that children are the most important cohort in society”.

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Karina Castro Oyarzún | Administration and Management Coordinator

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Pedro de Valdivia, with a diploma in Management Control from Universidad de Chile.

“My motivation is to continue growing in the professional and social arenas, and to contribute consistently to the creation of a better world through my actions, both within the foundation as well as in my daily life”.

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Rosa Castro Palacios |
Secretary of the Santiago Office

English teacher.  Graduated from the Universidad Técnica del Estado and Bilingual Secretary Diploma from the Manpower Institute.

“I find the Foundation’s dynamic work encouraging. The various teams are constantly facing challenges that lead us to want to be always at the forefront of developing quality instruction in the field of Early Childhood Education for all the children in our country”.

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Ricardo Vidal Muñoz |
Administrative Assistant

“Entering the world of education has been a completely new experience, and although I work as an administrator, I feel that I am contributing to improving the quality of education for children in our country”.

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Teresa Espinoza Meneses | Secretary of the Rancagua Office

Social Technical Degree, graduated of the Liceo Técnico A4.

“For me it is very important to be part of this Foundation, because I feel that every day we are making our small contribution towards a better educational system”.

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Sujey Gacitúa Luengo |
Administrative Assistant at the Rancagua Office

Early childhood education technical degree from Instituto IPG Rancagua.

“I work at the Foundation because I feel that I can contribute to the education of many children in our country. The quality of the people and the support of all those involved, and the desire to continue learning, make me fall more and more in love with my work”.

Continuous Improvement
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Pablo Muñoz Lucero |
Head of Continuous Quality Improvement and Evaluation

Sociologist and political scientist. Graduated from the Universidad Diego Portales. Master’s Degree in social Investigation Methods from Universidad Diego Portales and Master’s Degree in Statistics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Specialized coursework in Improvement Expertise from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

“The Foundation systematically addresses the specific problems faced by public educational institutions, placing emphasis not only on children, but also on the joint work that must be done among parents, school leadership teams and stakeholders. This encouraged me to join this institution”.

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Susana Toledo Valdebenito | Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator

General elementary school teacher.  Graduated from the Universidad de la Serena. Management and Leadership Master’s Degree in Educational Management, with a diploma in Educational Policies and Strategic Management of Educational Organizations from Universidad Andrés Bello. Specialized coursework in Improvement Expertise from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

“During my professional development I have seen the drive and motivation of teachers and school leadership teams to enhance their skills, which inspired me to work with them, learn from their experiences and support them through the use of tools that will help them to systematically strengthen their role within the school”.

María Elena González Raggio |
Data and Logistics Coordinator

French teacher. Graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

“I arrived to the foundation, motivated by the opportunity to collaborate with a non-profit organization. I oversee the follow-up of data and organize the logistics of all events within the Un Buen Comienzo program”.

Javiera Sotomayor Grebe |
Continuous Quality Improvement and Evaluation Coordinator

Sociologist and Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Universidad Diego Portales. Currently pursuing a Diploma in Data Science at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 

I have always been passionate about the idea of continuing my professional development. I am committed to change, characterized by my continuous interest in learning and the social impact stemming from decision-making. The Foundation’s mission/vision was what encouraged me to join its staff, with the goal of contributing to projects with data, with a more analytical value, looking for new methods to transform data into actionable information that allows and facilitates continuous improvement.

Communications
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Carolina Valdivieso Echeverría |
Head of Communications

Journalist. Graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a Diploma in Communications from Universidad de Chile.

“I arrived to the foundation because of my desire to contribute my knowledge to an institution that works in benefit of others, that fights for the children of our country and fully commits to the improvement of municipal education”.

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Juan Herrera Alarcón |Media Coordinator

Journalist. Graduated from Universidad de Arte y Ciencias Sociales (ARCIS), with a Diploma in Strategic Communicational Management from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

“I have always been convinced that education is the main tool to end the country’s inequalities and it fills me with pride to be able to be part of a project that contributes to that objective with so much love and dedication”.

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Daniela Errázuriz Arellano | Corporate Image Coordinator

Designer, Graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

“After completing an internship at this organization during my time as a university student, it was exciting to return a few years later and feel that I can continue contributing to the field of early childhood education”.

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Claudia Cañas Vargas |
Production and Logistics Coordinator

Technical degree in advertising, specialized in graphics, graduate of Esucomex, with a Community Management Diploma from Universidad Mayor.

“I have done volunteer work with children at social risk living in vulnerable areas of our capital since I was a teenager. I have always believed that we can provide a better future for them and be a better country. That is why I came to the Foundation, encouraged by the commitment to promote equality and quality education for our children”.

Learning Transfer
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Trinidad Castro Amenábar |
Head of Learning Transfer Area

Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Universidad Diego Portales, with a Diploma in Children’s Literature from Universidad Alberto Hurtado and Universidad Católica, a Diploma in educational research from Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of New York.

“I love working at the Foundation, specifically in its Learning Transfer Area, because it allows us to widen the scope of the work done by the programs, and to reach more people in diverse and varied ways, that are tailored to their needs”.

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Yael Codriansky Rodríguez |
Learning Transfer Area Coordinator

Molecular biotechnology engineer graduate of the Universidad de Chile. Master’s Degree in Curricular Innovation and Learning Evaluation from Universidad del Desarrollo. Diploma in Quality Management Systems from Bureau Veritas.

“I enjoy working on adjusting the beliefs and ways in which adults do things, both at the classroom and management levels, and observing children’s innate ability to learn. I am happy to be part of a Foundation that, with professionalism, rigor and care, has been contributing to early childhood education in Chile for years”.

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Giovanna Méndez Saluzzi |
Learning Resources Coordinator

Early childhood educator. Graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Masters Degree in Quality Educational Management from Universidad de los Andes with postgraduate studies in Human Resource management from Universidad de Santiago.

“It motivates me to propose and implement new challenges for the service of children and their families, seeking -throughout this process- the opportunity to educate people who will be capable of freely developing their own life plans.”

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Denise Levy Morchio | LearningTransfer Area Coordinator

Educational psychologist. Graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Chile.

“I like knowing that I am working to strengthen the most important development stage: early childhood, using evidenced-based methodologies along with a highly experienced, motivated and committed staff”.

Management Education
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María Virginia López Butrón |
Management Education Coordinator

Psychologist. Graduated from the Universidad de los Andes, with a Diploma in Educational Psychology from that same university. Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming. Instructor for Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI) and the Train-the-Trainer Pre-K CLASS Program, both delivered by Teachstone.

“Working at the Foundation has been a unique opportunity to apply all my abilities and knowledge. However, what I like best is to be able to participate in the analysis of the results obtained after years of strategic design, which contribute to improving the children’s development”.

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Paula Armijo Núñez |
Management Education Coordinator

Early Childhood Educator. Graduated from the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación
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“The almost 10 years that I have worked at the Foundation have left a mark in my professional career. I arrived convinced that I could contribute to improve the quality of education in vulnerable contexts, in order to provide more and better opportunities to our country’s children”.

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Genoveva Farías Munzenmayer |
Management Education Coordinator

Early childhood educator. Graduated from the Universidad Andrés Bello. Post graduate studies in psychopedagogy and a diploma on learning difficulties from Universidad Central.

“I have always liked to teach, but I particularly liked working with children from vulnerable sectors. I came to the Foundation not only because of my motivation to work in teaching children, but also to help educators and assistants to improve teaching practices in the classroom, and thus contribute to the creation of more comprehensive class lessons”.

Tatiana González Díaz |
Management Education Coordinator

English teacher graduated from the Universidad de Artes y Ciencias Sociales, Master in Curriculum Development and Educational Projects of the Universidad Andrés Bello.

“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 be a contribution to this task, delivering tools in order to help our schools and teachers. In addition, I have been able to develop myself as a professional and enhance my abilities”.

Attendance
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Yanira Aleé González |
Head of Attendance.

Social worker. Graduated from the Universidad Católica del Maule, family mediator and Masters Degree in Family Sciences from Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción. Specialized as an improvement expert at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

“I am proud to work at the Foundation, because its primary focus is our country’s children in their early childhood education stage, working to broaden their opportunities, through the improvement of learning skills that will be key for their future”.

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Karina Peña Liempi | Attendance Deputy Coordinator.

Elementary school teacher. Graduated from the Universidad de la Serena. Leadership and management diploma from Universidad de la Frontera, masters in education, specialized in curriculum and evaluation from Universidad Mayor.

“During my professional career, I have realized that it is necessary to work on various factors in order to achieve quality learning levels for students. I was motivated by the exploration of knowledge and this led me to investigate the various factors the influence education; school attendance being one of them”.

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Constanza Gahona Lizama |
Attendance Coordinator.

Social worker. Graduated from the Universidad Andrés Bello.

“I am interested in contributing to the improvement of the quality of education. I am impressed by how the Foundation works and clearly presents its results, basing them on actual data”.


Un Buen Comienzo
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Perla Chávez Spuler |
Implementation Director, Un Buen Comienzo

History and Geography teacher. Graduated from the Universidad de Playa Ancha de Ciencias de la Educación, with a postgraduate Degree in Psychopedagogy from Universidad Central. Specialized as an improvement expert at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

“Working at the Foundation allows me to contribute to my dream of building a better society, generating networks that collaborate towards a common goal, sharing lessons and experiences and, particularly, providing tools in order to advance in the opening of new and better opportunities for our children. They drive what we do every day”.

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Carolina Zúñiga Valdés |
Continuous Learning Network Coordinator

Early Childhood Teacher specialized in communication and language disorders. Graduated from the Universidad de Valparaíso. Management and leadership masters Degree in Educational Management from Universidad Andrés Bello.

“My motivation to work in education is the children and their dreams. For me, the teaching profession generates changes in society’s culture and beliefs, bridging the social gap and increasing opportunities”.

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Cristina Sepúlveda Miranda |
Coach

Early childhood educator specialized in language, initial communication and initial mathematics. Graduated from the Universidad Católica del Maule.

“I was always drawn to work with younger children, and have come to further understand the importance of strengthening and developing skills from an early age. That is why the Foundation has had a great impact on me, because it allows me to contribute to the improvement of early childhood education”.

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Alexandra Frías Aldunate |
Coach

Biology and science teacher. Graduated from the Universidad de Playa Ancha, Ciencias de la Educación. Masters Degree in Curricular Development and Educational Projects from Universidad Andrés Bello, with a diploma Degree in Learning Neurosciences from the Universidad de Santiago.

“Working in education is a spiritual and vocational need, that is why I am proud of playing an active part in one of the fundamental pillars of our society, such as education”.

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Lorena Espinoza Espinosa | Coach

Early childhood educator. Graduated from the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación.

“I joined the Foundation and was happy to discover an institution that centers its work on the field that I’m passionate about: early childhood education, applying clear evaluation instruments and guidelines that are centered on children from at-risk communities”.

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Carla Garrido Herrera |
Coach

Early childhood educator. Graduated from the Universidad Arturo Prat. Postgraduate Degree in Special and Differential Education.

“I am known for my active and curious nature in my day-to-day life. Working at the Foundation allows me to continue investigating, learning and acquiring the necessary tools to benefit children”.

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Fernanda Lagos Silva |
Coach

Early childhood educator specialized in English. Graduated from the Universidad Andrés Bello. Management and leadership masters Degree in Educational Management and Diploma Degree in Educational Policies and Strategic Management of Educational Organizations from the Universidad Andrés Bello.

“As a girl I would accompany my mother to her classes, and as I watched her, I imagined that I wanted to be just like her. That is how my curiosity for learning and investigating educational topics, particularly to support younger boys and girls, started”.

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Víctor González Becerra |
Continuous Learning Network Coordinator

Elementary school teacher. Graduated from the Universidad de Tarapacá. Masters Degree in Quality Administration and Management from the Universidad del Desarrollo, with a diploma Degree in Educational Entrepreneurship from Pontificia Universidad Católica.

“I began to work at the Foundation and the Un Buen Comienzo program, in the hopes of contributing to education by supporting the training of mentors and management teams, with the conviction that we must strengthen collaborative endeavors and consistently improve to provide the support necessary to achieve quality education”.

We Learn
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María Paz Collao González |
Head of the We Learn program

English teacher. Graduated from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

“For me, public education is a key factor for progress in society. Working at the Foundation supporting public school teachers and school leadership teams in order to improve their practices represents an enormous challenge, which encourages me to give my best effort every day”.

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Fernanda Herrera Orellana |
Coordinator for the We Learn program

English teacher. Graduated from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

“Working at the foundation allows me to actively participate in people’s education. From my experience, I can share and convey the value that language has as a tool, which not only serves as a window to the world and other cultures but also as a way of becoming self-aware and achieving continuous comprehensive development”.

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Daniella Restuccia Symmes |
Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator

Political scientist and masters Degree, candidate in Public Policies at Universidad Diego Portales.

“It is a great personal and professional challenge to work at the Foundation, because of the importance of early childhood education and English as tools to bridge the equity gap in public education, in addition to other innovative, collaborative and participative methodologies”.

Karla Raipán Ferrada |
Coordinator for the We Learn program

English teacher. Graduated from the Universidad de Concepción.

Developing boys and girls’ full potential and boosting them through different educational experiences is essential to eliminate the geographical and socio-cultural gaps in our country.

“English is one of the keys to reducing these gaps. That is why working at Fundación Educacional Oportunidad gives me the chance to support teachers and principals in creating meaningful learning experiences, where innovation, good practices, and ongoing professional development are fundamental processes to support Children’s growth”.