Our Staff

Sari Gonzalez

Director

After becoming a mother, Sari began questioning and exploring the educational landscape in search of an environment that aligned with her family’s values of choice, freedom, equity and play. She soon discovered a love and commitment to lifelong and self-directed learning. Curiosities of intentional culture setting and liberated learning lead Sari to direct and facilitate two Agile Learning Communities in NYC (Cottonwood NYC) and Puerto Escondido, Mexico (Explora ALC). Sari shares her passions of community building, collaborative parenting & equitable relationships, while working towards creating impactful and long lasting social change.

 

Rebecka (Becka) Koritz

Culture Keeper/ Advisor

Rebecka is passionate about self-directed education and peaceful parenting. She is a trained and experienced teacher with an extensive and unique path within alternative education: as an ex-student in the Montessori system, co-founder of two Waldorf initiatives, and the founder of Explora, Mexico’s first Agile Learning Center.

Rebecka is one of Latin America’s leading voices in self-directed education and peaceful parenting. She is a children’s rights activist, with an extensive and unique path within alternative education, and dedicates most of her time training parents, teachers and facilitators, and creating content in Spanish, Swedish and English for families who have embraced the road of freedom for themselves and for their children.  

Isamari Garcia

Facilitator, Wild & Free Kids

Isamari, is a Visual Artist and graduate of the University of Nuevo Leon, with a degree in Audiovisual Languages, specializing in photography. She has also taught Aerial dance to children and adults for more than 10 years. Isamari works in textile design and produces her own swimsuit collection. Throughout her life she has worked with children but feels she has learned most from the school of life, which is ultimately the best education. Isamari is very honored to be able to work with children and know that she can contribute to greater change and detoxification of a system that is implanted by society. She feels very happy to be able to accompany learners in their process of self-learning and exploration and to know that she can provide them with the tools so that they can be autonomous and independent at the same time. She is also grateful for her own process of personal transformation through this work. She enjoys surfing, movement training and the wonderful company of children.

Alberto Velasco

Facilitator, Independent Explorers

When Alberto was studying at the National School for Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda (co-founded by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and other artists) in Mexico city, he had a teacher who became his mentor and inspiration for teaching art to kids at the National Anthropology Institute for their art programs. After graduating from the bachelor’s degree, he taught in several schools and art institutes both in Mexico city and San Cristobal de Las Casas in the Southern state of Chiapas. He moved to Toronto, Canada, where he started working on his Master’s in Sculpture and teaching art at the Artstarts Neighborhood Community Centre, at the Gardiner Museum for the Ceramic Arts and the Sunday’s Art Program at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

He taught sculpture at the Taller Rufino Tamayo (Rivera and Kahlo’s contemporary artist and founder of this center) in Oaxaca city, where he also volunteered for the kid’s art program of a Waldorf school. He moved to Puerto Escondido, at the Oaxacan coast, where he became art Facilitator at the first Agile Learning Center in Mexico: Explora. Alberto is very inspired to be part of this community project and he’s also incorporating music to his offerings to the Independent Explorers, since he’s been a music performer for as long as he’s been a visual artist.