Cecilia de la Paz
Cecilia de la Paz
Founder and CEO
Emilia Martínez Vila
Emilia Martínez Vila
Financial and Project Executive
Specialist in environmental education
Mabel De Agostini
Mabel de Agostini
Specialist in reading encouragement
Specialist in digital media
María José Sayagués
María José Sayagués
Specialized teacher in technology
Consultant on new pedagogies
Companies that support
Organizations that promote
Friends of Edúcate
Our friends are internationally recognized professionals with expertise in public, educational policies, and other complementary disciplines. Which share with us the desire for change and through their knowledge, energy, and commitment we can put in action initiatives to enrich the Uruguayan educational ecosystem.
With over 15 years of experience teaching in a wide range of schools around the world, Lynley is an expert in literacy learning and pedagogy, and specializes in accelerating the learning of reading. She is an Apple teacher and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa School in New Zealand. Her current role as Principal of International Students has led her to create digital resources to meet the diverse cultural and learning needs of the children with whom she works.
“First know me, then teach me”. This statement prompts Principal Bruce Jepsen and his vision for achieving teaching and learning outcomes for all students at Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa School. This was New Zealand’s first Apple Distinguished School (ADS). According to Apple, it is “a center of educational leadership and excellence that demonstrates our vision of exemplary learning environments”.
Bruce has 15 years of management experience and has mentored extensively throughout New Zealand. When he became principal of Te School Ākau ki Pāpāmoa in 2007, 90% of the students in the school had failed, and could not read, write, or do math. Twelve years later, the school is now one of the most successful in the country and digital technology plays an important role in that success.
Miguel has 13 years of experience in the execution of Plan Ceibal in Uruguay, where he was Executive Director for 9 years. He has more than 30 years of experience as an executive of renowned companies with responsibilities in several Latin American countries. He was also National Director of Industry at the Ministry of Industry and Energy – Executive Branch Uruguay.
Joanne McEachen (Ngāi Tahu) is the executive director and founder of The Learner First, an international education consultancy based in Seattle, USA and Queensland, Australia. She is part of the executive team of Karanga, the global alliance for social, emotional and life skills learning, and was also a co-founder of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). She is a former teacher, director, and regional and national leader of the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.
Her methodology refocuses school systems through the eyes of the most underserved students, supporting schools and communities to embrace and celebrate students’ cultural identities, individual interests and learning needs.
Gaston is an entrepreneur who develops ideas and builds solutions. He is a philanthropist at heart, promoting people and projects as if they were his own and believing that, if we get involved and genuinely commit ourselves, every odyssey deserves to be lived.
She has a PhD in Education and a Master’s Degree and Specialization in Didactics from the University of Buenos Aires. She is the Director of the Master’s and Specialization Career in Educational Technology, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, at the University of Buenos Aires.
She worked as a pedagogical advisor to Fundación Telefónica for the development of EducaRed in Argentina from 2002 to 2004. She is responsible for Academic Programs for Microsoft Latin America.
He is a Doctor in Medicine by the University of Buenos Aires, and has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Paris. He was a member of the Center for Genetic Epistemology in Geneva (Jean Piaget), the associate director of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes in the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology at the Sorbonne and a visiting professor at Harvard University. He was Head of Education of the OLPC, One Laptop Per Child, program OLPC (Nicholas Negroponte) and is a member of the Academy of Education (Argentina) and of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Vatican) www.pas.va. He is a consultant for the Fundación Ceibal (Uruguay) and the director of the International School of Mind, Brain and Education at the Ettore Majora Center in Erice (Sicily). www.mbe-erice.org
She is an economist, graduated from the Catholic University of Guayaquil and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She is a social entrepreneur and innovator, passionate about creating solutions to boost competitiveness, private sector development and economic inclusion. In addition, she served as a Minister in the areas of Production and Competitiveness, as well as Social Development. She is an advisor to the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, and the President of Nexos for Competitiveness and Society (NCS), a network that brings together the Center for Competitiveness and Innovation (CCeI). She is also the President of Fundación Edúcate and Stratega BDS, and one of the leading mentors for schools with the EducateSchool by Kruger inverted classroom methodology.
Max has over 25 years of experience as a leader of schools in Australia, southern China and the United States. Strategically focused on school improvement, Max works with schools, individuals and networks to develop the collective capacity of teachers, leaders and students. Max co-directed the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Group (www.npdl.global) from 2013 to 2016 and is now based in Seattle as part of the Global NPDL Team. He also lectured and co-designed training modules for the initial training of future teachers at the University of Tasmania. Max’s graduate certifications include a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and several accreditations in coaching approaches.
Geraldine is a former television executive and an American media and technology entrepreneur. She led the team that created Nickelodeon in the 1980s and 1996, and then worked at Disney Channel, until she co-founded Oxygen Media. She co-founded a technology startup called Katapult and has been in the U.S. television hall of fame since 2020 as one of America’s most influential producers.
Luis is an entrepreneur who has developed the sports industry in Latin America by focusing on wellness, contact with nature and self-improvement.
He is a born disruptor, with long experience in the development of startups and economic impact ventures with personal purpose.