OUR VISION / (The vision is far from complete, but it is well on its way...)
Del Mar Academy was the vision of a group of friends who saw a need for a school that would positively impact Nosara and be a center for change. Education can elevate a child, a family and eventually an entire community. The magic of Nosara draws people from all over the world, but for those with school age children, living here was a challenge without a school with internationally high standards. The demand was there, and ideas became plans. Before long, land was purchased and building plans drawn. Teachers were soon hired, books were ordered and Del Mar Academy went from a vision to a reality. The vision is far from complete, but it is well on its way.
JESSICA SHEFFIELD AND BRAM SHOOK / (Founding family)
Jessica is a native Costa Rican and grew up in Belen, Heredia. She is a biologist by trade and a Fulbright Scholar who earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from Florida Institute of Technology. At present, Mrs. Sheffield is the vice-president of the Nosara Recycling Association, the coordinator of Adopt a Blue Flag School Program and an active member of Nosara Sustainable. She works at DMA as the Chair of DMA Environmental Committee and the coordinator of the Splash Program, Bram grew up in Westport, Connecticut. After eight years with a Fortune 500 company in San Diego, he moved to Nosara in 2001. Bram owns www.century21nosara.com. Jessi and Bram have two children: Kai and Lucia.
HAYLEY MACMILLAN-ORD AND IAIN ORD / (Founding family)
Hayley and Iain bought their first home in Nosara in 2002 and moved here from the Cayman Islands. Hayley, a licensed Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and a yoga teacher, is originally from Edmonton, Canada and moved south to the Caribbean island in 1987. Hayley works at DMA as the Extra Curricular Program Coordinator, the Chair of DMA Yearbook Committee and the DMA Family Support System Facilitator. Iain grew up in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England and after working in the Falkland Islands moved to Cayman in 1987 where he opened what is known today as GHEZZI, a premier plumbing and construction company on the island.
Now full time Nosaranians, they have three children: Oceanna, Skye and Solace, all of whom are Del Mar Academy students. The couple co-owns a housing development called Paseo Del Sol (which is near the DMA campus) as well as NOVA Development Group, one of Nosara's premier building companies.
CARLOS CASTRO BOLAÑOS / (Founding member)
Carlos was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica and moved to Nosara in 2003. He has a Bachelor´s degree in Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Commercial Management in Marketing from the University of Barcelona, Spain. Carlos co-owns with the MacMillian-Ord family NOVA Development Group. He currently works as General Manager for Nova. Carlos got married in 2012 and the new couple expect to have children in the near future so they can attend DMA. He is a founder of Del Mar Academy.