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Maria Padovan Kindell – Executive Director
Born in Italy, Maria Padovan has a master’s degree in education and over forty years experience in education. She worked as an educator for the Italian school of Montevideo, Uruguay for a period of 20 years where Maria worked as a biology teacher. Maria studied medicine at Facuktad de Medicina and biology at Instutito de Profesores Artigas in Montevideo, Uruguay. Maria was additionally awarded an honorary degree from Dartmouth College. Maria was the founder of International Christian School, the very FIRST Italian private school in Miami, previous to starting Metropolitan International School of Miami. Maria has also created a method to teach languages The PADOVAN METHOD and has used this method to instruct at a variety of companies including the University of Miami.
Maria founded Metropolitan International School of Miami bearing in mind the education for the men and women of the future. She believes that it is extremely important for children to have a strong value system and to encourage self-esteem. Maria acknowledges the importance for children to be able to speak more than two languages so they can be part of the globalization in our modern world. When Maria Padovan founded Metropolitan International School her dream was to create a loving environment filled with happy children.
Ines Lozano – Principal
Ines Lozano is a Spanish-American with 25 years of experience in the field of education. As a daughter of a diplomat, she was raised in many countries and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. She has a BA in Education from Marymount University and a Masters in applied linguistics from Nova University. She spent 15 years as principal of the International Christian School in Key Biscayne and Brickell.
She was named Principal of the Year in 2008 by the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, she founded Flying High for Haiti, a non-profit organization that sponsors a PK-5th grade school in Ile-a-Vache, an impoverished island off the south coast of Haiti. She has been married for 21 years to award-winning British journalist, David Adams. Ines is the mother of one son, Michael, a Junior at Mast Academy. Ines is passionate about education and is excited to lead the new Metropolitan International School of Miami.
Lisa Esperon – Assistant Principal
Lisa Esperon was born in New York and moved to Miami in 1973. Education has always been a passion for her. At the age of eight she decided she wanted to be a teacher and was able to realize her dream. She has a BA in education and has worked over 30 years with elementary and middle school students. She has worked with Maria and Ines since 2005. In 2008, Lisa won the Teacher of the Year Award from the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce. Lisa has three children, once of which she inspired to follow in her foot steps as an educator. Her many interests include reading, baseball and spending time with her grandson, Logan.
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario – Athletic Director
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, a native of Spain, is passionate about sports and education. Arantxa had a long career in women’s tennis, and in 1995 she became the first Spaniard, male or female, to be ranked no. 1 in the world. Known to sports writers as the “Barcelona Bumblebee,” she was famous for her on-court tenacity and persistence and her off-court grace and charm. By 1994, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was at the top of her game: she won both the U.S. Open and the French Open, and ESPN named her the best woman tennis player of the year. Over her career (1985-2002) she won 759 WTA matches, including 29 singles titles and 69 doubles titles. She won four Grand Slam singles titles (and was in 12 final matches), as well as six women’s doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles. She also led Spain to dominance in the Fed Cup and medalled in four Olympics. Arantxa was inducted in The Tennis Hall of Fame along with Pete Sampras in 2007.
Arantxa is excited to lead the Metropolitan International School’s sports program. The Metropolitan International School of Miami will feature a diverse physical education program along with a onsite tennis court.