WHO WE ARE

Proud of our Community Development

Founded in 1977 in Loiza, Puerto Rico by the Company of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, Centro Esperanza is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the children, youth and families of Loiza and its neighboring towns. Historically, we work actively to respond to community needs and promote its development.

With an integral approach and academic education as the focal points of our work, we demonstrate our commitment through our core community programs: Montessori of the Sea, Life and Hope, Melodies of Hope, Mochila Alegre (Happy Backpack), and Heritage Tourism and Community Service.

Educators from the beginning

Our journey began by providing services to special education children from poor families in Loíza. Back then, the Loiza community lacked the teaching capacity and support required for children with special needs.  Later on, in response to community need and demand, we began to offer traditional pre-school education, which subsequently lead to the Montessori philosophy.

Today, we offer high-quality, certified education services. In compliance with the Puerto Rico Department of State and Department of the Family, we operate a beautiful Montessori school for children 18 months to 9 years.

Addressing violence, drug addiction and school dropout

One of Puerto Rico’s greatest challenges is ensuring educational stability for children and youth, and Loiza is no exception. At the same time, we’re facing and tackling the pressing problem of school dropout and the adverse consequences of crime and drug addiction.

Promoting peace and mental health

We are deeply committed to serving the Loiza community and its neighboring towns through peace education, individualized music instruction, and mental health support. Centro Esperanza offers a welcoming space, a place of friendship, empowerment, solidarity, respect and freedom, where children and youth enjoy learning and enhancing their innate potential, as families find opportunities and experiences to achieve economic stability and healthy coexistence.

Our Team

Board of Directors

César A. Osorio Casanova

PRESIDENTE

Rosa J. Calcaño Rivera

VICEPRESIDENTA

Sor Glenda Y. Ríos Gónzalez

SECRETARIA

Edith Verdejo Hernández

TESORERA

Elvia I. Soto Mójica

VOCAL

María Cecilia Ortíz Elicier

VOCAL

Vidalina Calderón Fuentes

VOCAL

Luz Arelis Martínez Cruz

VOCAL

Miriam E. Santiago Rodríguez

VOCAL

Enox Medina De Jesús

VOCAL

Luis Daniel Pizarro Osorio

VOCAL

Staff

Sor Claribel Camacho Figueroa

Sor Claribel Camacho Figueroa, HC

DIRECTORA EJECUTIVA

Sor Onelia Blanco Torres HC

Sor Onelia Blanco Torres, HC

ASISTENTE EJECUTIVA

Carmen Ayala Rivera

Carmen L. Ayala Rivera

VICEPRESIDENTA

Ineabelle Ayala

Ineabelle Ayala

ENCARGADA DEL PROGRAMA MOCHILA ALEGRE

Marilyn Rodríguez Santana

MAESTRA DE VALORES

José C. Sanjurjo Calcaño

CHOFER

Elix Figueroa Quiñones

ENCARGADO DEL PROGRAMA HORTICULTURA

Luz Mirtala Cirino Cruz

Luz Mirtala Cirino Cruz

MANTENIMIENTO

Amanda Lanzó Olivero

Amanda Lanzó Olivero

AUTORIDAD ESCOLAR

Gloria Rivera Siaca

Gloria Rivera Siaca

Guía Montessori Taller I, Montessori del Mar

Merianny Heureaux

Merianny Heureaux

Guía Montessori Casa de Niños 2, Montessori del Mar

Deborah Delgado Ortíz

Guía Montessori Casa de Niños 1, Montessori del Mar

Aleida Lacén Correa

Asistente Guía Montessori- Taller I, Montessori del Mar

Louise A. De Jesús Manso

Louise A. De Jesús Manso

Asistente Guía Montessori Casa de Niños 2, Montessori del Mar

Gladys Fuentes Plaza

Asistente Guía Montessori Casa de Niños 1, Montessori del Mar

Ellemanuely Negrón Ayala

Guía Montessori Andarines, Montessori del Mar

Luangie E. Pérez Pizarro

Guía Montessori Andarines, Montessori del Mar

César A. Díaz Osorio

Maestro de música, Melodías de Esperanza

César Canales De Jesús

Fundador y maestro de música de Melodías de Esperanza

Militza Lebrón Rosa, Ph.D

Directora del Programa Vida y Esperanza

Jonathan Torres García

Psicólogo Escolar, Vida y Esperanza

Orlando Sánchez Rivera

Psicólogo, Vida y EsperanzaV

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