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 Cantarrana, del 1er cruce entre Buena Vista y Nosara, 150 mts Norte. Playa Samara, Costa Rica, 50205​

Tel:  +506 2656-3247 


At Mareas, we are committed to creating a caring, child-centered academic environment, where freedom and flexibility go hand in hand with learning from the most qualified teachers in the Samara area.

Lenina Araya Orocu

Founder & Director, 

Lenina is a native of San Jose, Costa Rica, where she completed her studies at the Universidad de Santa Paula with a specialization in Special Education, with an emphasis on Speech Therapy. She has worked exclusively with children  for the last 10 years and truly enjoys the time spent with them, nurturing them as they grow and learn. Her other passions are reading, riding her bicycle, and spending time with her family.

Miroslava Castro

Presschool- Kindergarten 


Miros (as we call her affectionately) is originally from Venezuela, graduated from the Pedagogical Institute of Caracas, Magnacunlauden mention in Preschool Education with an emphasis on pedagogy. She has more than 19 years of experience, besides, it is Sensie de Karate Do Style Shito Ryu 3rd Dan. Sh has been in the Mareas family since October 2016

Emily Arroyo

Preschool- Kindergarten Teacher

Emily is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. After finishing her studies, she decided to move to Costa Rica to be part of the Tides family and has been with us since April 2018. Emily enjoys sharing and creating fun lessons for her students.

In his hobbies is cooking and going to the beach.

Mary Steele

1st-3rd Grade Teacher,

English, Science, Math and Social Studies.

After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Mary began her teaching
career in 1971 in Madison, WI. . Mary enjoys being on
the beach, reading, knitting, photography and, most especially, her grandchildren!
Mareas Academy offers Mary a wonderful opportunity to come full circle, doing
what she has always loved!

Sarah Cook

4th-12th Grade,English & Social Studies Teacher

Sarah Cook has been living with her family in Costa Rica for the last 7 years. She engages in a voluntary Bible ministry and also loves teaching piano. She used to be an elementary school teacher in California. Sarah is excited to join the Mareas team this year!

Melissa Jimenez

Grades 1- 12 Spanish, Social Studies from Costa Rica and Economics for the upper grades.

Melissa is originally from Costa Rica and has experience as a university professor of economics, as well as teaching Spanish as a second language. She likes to practice sports such as volleyball, reading and painting.

Melissa is a very enthusiastic and cheerful person, and is very happy to be part of the Mareas family

Paul Albury

4th-12th Grade,Math and Science Teacher

Paul is the science and math teacher for grades 4 and up in Tides, this is his third year in school! He is a double citizen of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom, grew mainly in the south of England and recently graduated with a degree in Engineering from the University of Leicester. Since arriving in Samara, he has been practicing beach volleyball and is trying to learn Salsa.