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For over 80 years, Conchita Espinosa Academy (CEA) has followed founder Conchita Espinosa’s vision of education, which consists of a solid academic foundation coupled with an immersion in the arts and humanities from an early age. CEA’s intimate environment supports our students’ development and helps them grow to become well-rounded, creative, and confident individuals.

  • HISTORY
  • OUR FOUNDERS
  • MISSION
  • FACULTY & STAFF
  • ACCREDITATIONS
  • CAMPUS
  • FROM THE DESK OF
  • PRESS
  • TESTIMONIALS

 “To reach a child's soul one must know him, guide him
and especially, love him.” – Conchita Espinosa

Conchita Espinosa Academy is a private, coeducational K-8 school first established in Havana, Cuba in 1933. CEA began with a dream and a piano. By 1959, what began as a musical kindergarten with only seven students, had become a K-8 school with over 450 students. Conchita Espinosa, the founder, believed that every child deserves and has the right to a complete education in the arts and sciences. She dreamed of a school where students would develop passion and character and have the opportunity to enjoy the precious years of childhood.

In 1963 in Miami, history was repeated, and Conchita Espinosa reopened the school once more as a kindergarten, each year subsequently adding a school grade until becoming a K-8 school. From the garage of her home, to the first campus in Little Havana, to the state-of-the-art 10-acre facility in southwest Miami-Dade home to the school today, Conchita’s legacy has carried on for generations. Times and books have changed, technology has evolved, but the essence of CEA has always remained the same: a school that offers an excellent academic program, sophisticated arts education for all children, a safe and nurturing environment, and fundamental human values.

CEA is more than a school. It is a place where students learn more about more. They are empowered to look for the best in others and themselves and are shaped into young men and women who actively explore interests, hone talents, and advocate ideas. CEA is proud to see its students become well-rounded individuals who, upon graduation, shine in the best high schools across South Florida and not only follow their dreams, but live them. Conchita's beliefs in the power of the spirit, the wealth of the mind, the sacredness of childhood, and the strength of following one's dreams, live on as part of her legacy.

Conchita Espinosa
February 23, 1914 – September 19, 2006

 “To reach a child's soul one must know him, guide him and especially, love him.”

At the age of 14, Conchita graduated from the “Conservatorio Internacional de Música” in Havana, Cuba as a professor of piano and music theory.  She continued her music education with renowned professors and artists Joaquín Nin, Ernesto Berumen and Jasha Fishermann, and went on to become a concert pianist in Mexico, Cuba and the U.S.

In 1933, at the age of 19, Espinosa founded “La Academia Musical Conchita Espinosa” in Havana. By 1959, the Academy – which included an elementary school as well as music and dance programs - had 450 students.  Three decades later, after arriving in Miami, Conchita continued her life´s work as a teacher of music.

In 1963, she opened Conchita Espinosa Academy in Miami, in the garage of a small home on SW 22nd Avenue and First Street- the neighborhood that would later become Little Havana. Registrations at the school surged and the school flourished.  In 1984, Conchita Espinosa Academy moved to a 10-acre parcel at 12975 SW 6th Street. Today, the school houses students in grades K3 to eighth grades and its students continue Conchita’s legacy of personal, academic, and artistic excellence.

During her extensive career, Conchita received many honors including the Richard and Dorothy Lear Memorial “Distinguished Educator Award” presented to her in March 1994 and the “Legacy of Excellence Award” presented by General Motors during Hispanic Heritage Festival in 1999. Additionally, she received “Conchita Espinosa Day” proclamations from both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County.  In 2001, S.W. 6th street – which fronts Conchita Espinosa Academy – was named “Conchita Espinosa Way.”  Her last honor, presented to Conchita in May 2006, was the prestigious Medalla de Excelencia Nacional Cubana from the Instituto de San Carlos de Cayo Hueso.

Donations in memory of Conchita may be made to the following:


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
www.stjude.org

Attention: Memorial Department,
501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN  38105
Conchita Espinosa "Celebration of Life" Fund,
Account #: 16785278


Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
www.miamilighthouse.org
601 S.W. 8th Avenue, Miami, FL  33130

Attention: Children's Endowment
on behalf of Conchita Espinosa


Alicia Espinosa

“Beautiful buildings stand on solid foundations,
and CEA stands on Conchita’s legacy
and the unfailing strength and love of her younger sister, Alicia.”

For over 60 years, Alicia was the constant force that structured Conchita’s vision and was integral to the daily functioning of the school.  Alicia took care of all financial aspects of the running of the school and conservatory, as well as many daily duties that have allowed CEA to succeed for so many years.

Alicia Espinosa graduated as a professor in piano and music theory. In addition to her administrative role, she was a gifted piano teacher, who had a particularly special gift with the youngest children.

Her life examples of constancy, patience, peacemaking, humility, resilience, service, and hard work continue to enrich the school’s legacy and growth.

Alicia was a present force from the opening of the school in 1933 in Havana, Cuba. Three decades later, when Conchita came to Miami to continue her life’s work, Alicia remained behind to close the school and ensure that all teachers and employees were properly compensated and taken care of, before she joined Conchita in 1961. In Miami, Alicia resumed her role, ensuring that Conchita’s dream and her vision of rebuilding the school became a reality.  Today, more than 50 years later, frail but with the knowledge of a job well done, her eyes still sparkle and her heart smiles when she thinks of the children at CEA.



The core philosophy that Conchita developed over 80 years ago can still be seen in our mission, our curriculum and the joyous faces of our students. Throughout the years Conchita Espinosa Academy has evolved and grown.  Location, faculty, and books may have changed, but the essence of C.E.A. remains the same. 

Conchita’s beliefs in the power of the spirit, the wealth of the mind, the purity of the child, and the strength of following one’s dreams live on in our school as part of Conchita’s legacy.

 

CEA Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring out the extraordinary in every child by educating him to be disciplined in his studies, passionate about his individual talents, aware of his social responsibility, and to develop a knowledge of and appreciation for the arts.

Our Philosophy

We believe in the strength of a well-rounded education.

We believe the arts stimulate self-awareness,
creativity, self-confidence, communication and thinking skills,
and energize all other areas of the curriculum.

We believe a strong and demanding academic foundation
provides students with the skills and knowledge
necessary to succeed in life.

We believe the development of a strong,
healthy body, mind, and spirit is
an essential component in a child’s education.

We believe in technology working for man,
not man working for technology.

We believe in the power of character.
Discipline, respect, and empathy
must be an integral part of a child’s education.

We believe in the sacred partnership
between the home and the school.

Our School Anthem

Es nuestro himno un mensaje de paz,
De esperanza y de felicidad,
Que al entonarlo nos da libertad
Para pensar, para crear y realizar.
Que al entonarlo nos da libertad
Para pensar, para crear y realizar.

Cantemos todos: ¡todos unidos!
Cogidos de la mano fuertemente.
Juremos todos: ¡todos juremos!
Querernos y ayudarnos mutuamente.

Cantemos todos, todos unidos,
Mirando hacia un futuro luminoso,
Lleno de amor, de comprensión y libertad,
Llenos de amor, de comprensión y libertad.

Es nuestro himno un mensaje de paz,
De esperanza y de felicidad,
Que al entonarlo nos da libertad
Para pensar, para crear y realizar.

 

 

CEA Faculty & Staff

Our faculty is composed of degreed professionals who strive to carry out the mission of Conchita Espinosa Academy. To contact a faculty member by e-mail, click on his or her name.


 

Administration

Maribel Zubieta Diaz, Director
Carol L. Diaz-Zubieta, M.S. Ed., Upper School Principal
Cassandra K. Jolliff, M.S. Ed., Lower School Principal
Noris Frades, Assistant Principal
 
Loriana Novoa, Ed.D., Educational Advisor
Ana Diaz-Zubieta, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist
 
Elisabela Alvarez-Valls, M.B.A., Communications Coordinator
Christina Gonzalez, Educational Technology Coordinator


Educational Resource Faculty

Vivian Martinez, Media Specialist


 

Office Staff

Audrey Gonzalez, Registrar
Adrian Izquierdo, Financial Administrator
Jessica Prieto, Administrative Assistant to the Principals
Irene C. Recio, School Secretary

 

Early Childhood
Early Childhood
Building Coordinator
Magdalena Diaz

Kindergarten Teachers
Carlota Castro
Ann Daniels
Hidalis Estevez
Jannine Rodriguez
 
Kindergarten Aides
Mercedes Espina
Mariela Montoya
Magaly Rodriguez
Erika Torres
Giovana Vila
Eliana Yero
Pre-Primary Teachers
Martha Campos
Milly Torres

Pre-Primary Aides

Diana Castillo
Isabel Goberna
Lower School
First Grade Teachers
Jimena Cruz
Jessica Mena
Carola Palacio

Second Grade Teachers
Helen Hernandez
Grisel Llerena
Rosa Prieto-Martinez

Third Grade Teachers
Marisol Bosque
Diane Majors
Olga Mendez
Fourth Grade Teachers
Janette Fernandez
Mariajose Jeria
Ana Vizoso
 
Upper School
Fifth Grade & Sixth Grades Seventh & eighth grades
Gabriela Atienza, Social Studies Cindy Cuesta, Math
Ana Catasus-Perez, Composition and Grammar Yolande Jackson, 8th grade Composition & Grammar
Silvia Fernandez, Science Angelica Julio, Literature
Fransel Lapica, Math Jessica Munar, 7th grade Composition & Grammar
Jessica Munar, 6th Grade Literature Liliana Ramos, Science
Carmen Santalo, 5th Grade Literature Alejandro Valhuerdi, Social Studies
DREAMS
Art
Karina Vazquez

MovemenT & DANCE
Danella Bedford
Maite Diz
Diego Salterini

Theater & Playwriting
Ean Kessler

Music
Anaida Carquez – Choir Director
Ibette Fernandez
Lizet Ledon
Yirka Ledon
Norman Milanes
Ileana Raymat
Edgar San Feliz – Assistant Choir Director

fitness

Jonathan Ordinola
Danny Prol
Carlos Salvat
Religion
Diana Ramirez
Belinda Reina-Somoza

Spanish
Margarita Menendez
(Grades K-1)
Emina Neila
Silvia Espinoza-Valls
(Grades 2-5)
Rosario del Valle
(Grades 6-8)
Support Staff
Patricia Saavedra, Substitute Teacher
 
 

Campus

Conchita Espinosa Academy is located on ten beautifully landscaped acres in southwest Miami-Dade County. The campus has three distinct facilities:  the main school building, the Early Childhood Learning Center, and the Conservatory. Each facility is designed to respond to the needs of the developmental stage of the children it houses.

The Early Childhood Learning Center, the most recent addition to the campus, is designed to meet the specific needs of early learners. Each classroom has its own bathroom, sinks, and water fountains. The Early Childhood Learning Center also has its own contained playing areas specifically designed for our youngest children.

The main school building is home to the administrative offices, classrooms for grades 1 to 8, cafeteria, and the fully-equipped Rosita Segovia Theater. The campus also has several acres dedicated to sports playing fields, which include two basketball courts, a baseball field, batting cages, a fitness cluster, and soccer and football field.

The Conservatory building houses three professional dance studios, a comprehensive art room, and several music rooms for individual and group classes. The library is also located in the Conservatory building.


Maribel Z. Diaz's speech to the
Graduating class of 2017

From the Desk of Maribel Zubieta-Diaz

It has been a summer of joy, growth, self-discovery and opportunity to make new friends, connect with old friends, and discover how fortunate we all are to be a part of the Conchita family.

     I feel grateful and fortunate to see our former students come back as teachers and counselors to our younger ones.  There is no greater reward than to see the children you have loved and guided grow into intelligent, caring and loving adults.  The history and legacy created by Conchita and all who followed continues to grow, giving our younger generation the physical, mental and spiritual tools to fulfill their destinies and build a better world.

     To the parents and families of our students, thank you for being part of the team.  Have a joyous rest of the summer and come back energized and curious to begin a spectacular 2017-2018 school year.


Maribel Z. Diaz, Director





Archives:

2016-17
  Maribel Z. Diaz's speech to the Graduating class of 2017
pdf Christmas Musings- December 2016
pdf First Day- August 2016
2015-16
pdf Life is Precious- July 2016
pdf Teacher's Appreciation Day- May 2016
pdf Festival of the Arts- April 2016
pdf Conchita Day - February 2016
pdf Message of Thanks - November 2015
pdf Welcome to the new school year - August 2015
2014-15
pdf Teacher Appreciation - May 2015
pdf Spirit Week - March 2015
pdf Holiday Message - December 2014
pdf Thanksgiving - November 2014
pdf Time for Family Affair - November 2014
pdf Now - October 2014
pdf Welcome - August 2014
pdf Thank you Parents - June 2014
pdf A Letter to the Whole School - April 2014
2013-14
pdf The Human Heart - July 2013
pdf 1st Communion - March 2013
pdf Kindness - 2013
2010-11
pdf Working Together - November 2010
pdf New School Year Journey - May 2010
pdf My First Festival - May 2010
pdf Rise to the occasion - February 2010
2009-10
pdf My 13-year-old dreams - Fall 2009
pdf Reflection - June 2009
pdf Gratitude - May 2009
pdf I grew up believing all things are possible. - March 2009
pdf Trust - Early March 2009
pdf Hundredth Day of school - February 2009

Testimonials


Soy profesora de Guitarra en esta maravillosa escuela hace 15 Años. He crecido con "Conchita" , Por lo que puedo decir que soy parte de esta familia que ha dado tantos frutos a través de todos estos años. Como pedagoga que ama su profesión y que cree en la educación integral, Conchita Espinosa Academy es la respuesta más completa a las necesidades de nuestros niños hoy: Formación esmerada y sólido currículum que incluye un amplio abanico de enseñanza artística al más alto nivel. Todo esto sazonado con profundo amor y respeto para nuestros pequeños: los profesionales, padres y artistas del futuro.

- Mirtha de la Torre


“It was home for over ten years to my now grown children and me. It will always be more than a school.”

– Nora Travieso Delgado


¨Buenas tardes! Quiero dejar en este muro mi experiencia de Conchita, tengo dos hijas desde hace 2 años en este colegio y lo que me marcó en el tour al conocer al colegio fue lo que experimenté durante este tiempo, Conchita es familia, unión, amor, educación, y el arte que quieras! Ayer fue el Festival de Artes y quiero reconocer a todos los que conforman el colegio, fue un show espectacular, el nivel que vi en el me maravilló y solo pensar que los chicos más grandes tienen 14 años y el dominio que tienen en cada disciplina es de aplaudir! Los chicos de teatro hicieron vibrar mi alma! Gracias! La música espectacular! Ver a los profesores tocando para el baile de los chicos, con aquella alegría y unión entre ellos me fascino, los trajes, bellísimos! Gracias por tan bella experiencia estos dos años, me llevo de Conchita muchas cosas bellas! Bendiciones y que sea por muchos años más!¨

-Marisela Cortez Bergoderi


“I always saw her (Conchita) as the Latin version of Maria Montessori. Conchita and her dream remain alive in the classrooms and halls of CEA, and in the hearts of those she touched.”

– Cookie Kawasaki


“I am who I am in great part due to Conchita Espinosa. I will extol the virtues of this great woman and the school she founded to my last breath.”

– Maria H. Perez


“I am proud to be an alumni and fortunate to have my children follow in the same footsteps.”

– Litza Chong Lopez


“Love the school, two of my children graduated from Conchita, we are very grateful for the education they received and for the wonderful teachers and people who worked there.”

– Ana Maria Grau Garcia


“My daughter went there it was an excellent school.”

- Maria Rodriguez Guerra‪


“My two sons graduated from CEA. Wonderful school and Beautiful Memories!!! Thank you CEA!!!”

– Asela Leon


“Great school and faculty, but most of all great education and wonderful memories.”

– Felix Guzman


“My kids went to CEA, great education and wonderful memories.”

– William Fabra


“I love CEA. All of my children went to CEA, wonderful people.”

– Lily De Quesada


“Raising incredible well-rounded young people for many, many, many years...All because of an incredible woman's vision, love of children & the arts. Thank you Conchita!!”

– Sylvia Naljieff


“DECIDIDAMENTE, LA EDUCACION QUE SE RECIBE EN CONCHITA ESPINOSA ACADEMY ES INIGUALABLE, TOTALMENTE INTEGRAL.”

– Gloria Garcia de Montbrun


“Yo estoy muy contenta de que mis tres nietos estudien en Conchita Espinosa.”

– Norka Jaar


“Excellent school, excellent education and family atmosphere. Those that have never been there just don't understand the importance of all of the above. Great memories. Now my boys are getting to make their own memories.”

– Carlos J. Canino


“EL MEJOR COLEGIO PRIVADO DE DADE COUNTY. MIS TRES HIJOS ASISTIERON A CONCHITA ESPINOSA ACADEMY.”

– Flora Amoedo


“My two sons graduated from CEA (from Kindergarten). Wonderful school and beautiful memories !!! Thank you CEA!!!”

– Asela Leon


“My son started when they were on 8th Street and my daughter and son both graduated from there. I loved it.”

– Norma Mendoza


“I am proud of been part of the CEA legacy. It's an honor.”

– Laura Luna, Art Teacher


“Yo estoy orgullosa de haber formado parte (de CEA). Aprendí mucho y fue una parte muy enriquecedora de mi vida.”

– Maria Jesus Vallve, Spanish Dance Teacher


“My granddaughter Maleny Marie Suarez is very happy and very proud her mom and dad make it possible for her dreams com true ... As her grandmother that wants her granddaughter to be in one of the best school in Miami,Florida ,that school’s name is Conchita Espinosa Academy”

NoRayda Machin, CEA grandmother


“Way more than a school!”

– Larry Burnet


“Yo estoy orgulloso que mis niños están estudiando en Conchita Espinosa Academy. Felicidades.”

– Elio Estevez


“My school. I met wonderful friends and precious memories.”

– Doris Baquero


“Proud grandmother, Kristy spent very happy and productive moments in that great school.”

– Nilsa Maceda


“Words cannot express how impressed I was with the Festival of the Arts on Saturday night. I was filled with emotion thinking of our dear Conchita and how incredibly proud she would be of her daughter, granddaughters, faculty and the staff. The festival was a testament of her legacy.

It is amazing to see the talent exhibited by CEA students. It is more than the high academic standards CEA has, it is about the total education experience of these children. CEA provides an environment where the children learn to be a complete person, how to make friendships and share their feelings, how to respect their peers and their teachers and staff. It is a school where the students’ minds and souls are nurtured with love and respect. Their education experience at CEA will be the foundation for their future lives.

Congratulations to Mrs. Diaz, the entire faculty and staff for your amazing work in educating young people. I am thankful that my children and grandchildren had the CEA experience!!! May God bless you always!”

– Carmen Rosa Marrero


Mrs. Díaz,

Quiero infinitamente agradecer la oportunidad que nos brindaron en la realización de este viaje inolvidable. El esfuerzo valió la pena!!!.

Mi hija Victoria me decía ayer en el aeropuerto que no quería regresar, que mas bien todos vinieran a Madrid.....

Ya el primer día yo dí por sentado que el viaje ya había logrado su objetivo. Presenciar en vivo el ensayo del Ballet Nacional de España y luego que nuestras hijas tuvieran una master class con el primer bailarín de dicho ballet ha sido un privilegio inimaginable. Todavía lo recuerdo y parece un hermoso sueño.

El apredizaje de nuestras hijas en otros ámbitos y que ellas mismas regresaran tan contentas de ver otras clases y las propias recibidas hablan del éxito y el impacto emocional que les quedará por el resto de sus vidas. Hablo por el grupo de baile, pero estoy segura de que igualmente corresponde lo propio al grupo de soccer.

A Bela mi más profundo agradecimiento por todo el esfuerzo y empeño que realizó para la concretación del viaje y mis felicitaciones por tan Hermosa puesta en escena el día que bailó.

A la Dra. Novoa, a la cual veo muy difícil llamarla de ahora en adelante así, ya que nos permitió tutearla y de ahora en adelante será "Loreana" , gracias por el buen ánimo y disfrutar de su compañía cada día.

Y finalmente y a quien mas debemos estar agradecidas, "Sole", quien a modo personal debo agradecer ya que puedo decir que pude conocer una España que sin ella jamás lo habría logrado. La familia de mi esposo es española, hemos ido con cierta frecuencia, pero este lado del español bailaor, su mundo, su riqueza es invaluable.

Espero que este sea el primer viaje exitoso de muchos por venir.

Muchos cariños y feliz semana,

Sara Manrique.


Mi esposo y yo buscamos nuestro hijo por mas de 10 años por problemas médicos que no quedábamos embarazados. Pero un día y sin esperarlo llego la noticia de la llegada de nuestro hijo: fueron los meces más mágicos. Disfrutaba cada día su latido, sus movimientos, etc. Cuando nació, comprobamos que Dios es inmensamente grande. Es por eso que para nosotros CEA no es solo un colegio, es su segundo hogar, su segunda casa. Para nosotros, cada día es un regalo en donde tenemos la responsabilidad de hacer de el un gran ser  humano y sabemos que esto se logra con muchos ingredientes, excelentes maestros, cosechar amigos, dedicación, amor, etc y eso encontramos en CEA, un lugar en donde lo mas lindo que Dios nos dio tendrá las bases tan solidas que le permitirá enfrentar los retos cada vez mas grandes de este mundo. ¡Somos un equipo! Gracias.

- Carmelo y Damaris Mastroeli


Conchita Espinosa, nuestra meta!

Pensando y buscando un colegio con una buena educación para nuestras hijas, otra madre con la que estoy conversando sobre colegios me nombre un nuevo colegio para mi, Conchita Espinosa Academy! Al investigar sobre Conchita, me sentí que este era el lugar para mi familia, una escuela llena de valores, arte, y disciplina con amor! Mis hijas están felices y nosotros también como padres de compartir tan lindos días junto a ustedes!

- Familia Dalati Cortes


It was FANTASTIC seeing everyone and being welcomed with SUCH love and warmth. You have such an incredible school, Maribel.  I know you already are completely aware of that, but having taught in Europe, Eastern and Western Canada, and in the U.S. from underprivileged to wealthy schools I can say that I am so touched by what goes on at Conchita Espinosa. What an incredible team of loving teachers you have and the reception from Cassandra and Carol and

Irene in the office was equally loving.  Let's not forget Edelmira!!!  Wow...she looks better than ever! I miss you and love you all. All the best your way and I hope our paths cross many more times in the future. Again, thank you for having given me the wonderful opportunity to be a part of your school.

 - Kathleen Hatchell, Former CEA Visual Arts Teachers, Current Department Coordinator, Curriculum Leader, Visual Arts Teacher TFS - Canada's International School


As parents we wish nothing but the best for out daughter. And if we were certain before, we are 100% confident that CEA is an environment where our little girl will blossom into an assertive young woman who values the important things in life. "The legacy" showed just that, an example of how group effort and passion can grow into something absolutely beautiful. Something bigger than what they now understand but I am sure that once they grow old they will be thankful. We are very proud that our most precious treasure is being well taken care of and is part of the CEA family. Thank you for an unforgettable evening!

 - Yira Ginestra, parent


Dear Maribel and Family:

What a wonderful and moving tribute to your family and all the students that have been touched.  I though the bar was high last year, and was wondering how you would raise it this year.  You did, I must say that the talent and production values were high, and the tributes were moving.  

Thanks, Danny

 - Daniel Lewis (About Festival of the Arts  2014), Founding Dean of Dance, New World School of the Arts


 

 
Student Testimonials

I feel like theatre always brings out the best in me. My English teacher, Mrs. Santalo, inspired me to be a great writer and reader. I appreciate her kindness and love and how she wants all of us to succeed in life.

 – Isabella Ortiz, 5th grade


Conchita has been my second home since I was in Pre-Primary. I feel like I am part of a big, loving family. Conchita has helped me learn that I have a passion for dance and music. Conchita created this school for everyone to shine and find their place in the world.

In Conchita Espinosa Academy, we express our gratitude to the school by behaving well, being good friends, and pursuing our dreams. Conchita has formed me into the person I am today. When I received the Eucharist, I felt calm, loved, and blessed all at the same time.

– Grace Odom-Montbrun, 5th Grade


Mrs. Ramirez taught me everything I know today. She is a very important person to me. This (1st Communion) was an experience I will never forget. Mrs. Santalo, You don’t just teach composition, you teach life lessons. You give advice to be the best person we can be. You help us conquer the world. Some teachers teach by saying things you need to know, but you teach with your heart. You believe that every child has something special.

 – Annette Concepcion, 5th Grade


If you’re not from Conchita, you don’t know what you are missing. Dear Coach Jon, Thanks for making me laugh every day. You have put a smile on my face a countless amount of times. You have taught me how to be humble and loyal. You have helped make me the basketball player I am today.

 – Joshua Perez, 5th Grade


This school is so great that in some breaks and weekends I actually want to go back to school! Many people say that CEA is their second home, but to me, it’s just as equal. My teachers not only show me new things, they help me bring out the inner skills with useful information, and let me reach new heights.

- Danae Geordiadis, 5th grade


Not every school has great teachers, friendly kids, and wonderful education, but CEA has all these good qualities. The field trips I have been on during my years at CEA were thrilling. Piano is fun and relaxes my mind after school. Playing the piano is not easy, but if you try, you will succeed. Though you have to wake up early for meetings, it is a good feeling to be a leader of your school.

 – Diya Agarwal, 5th grade, Student Council Vice-President


“When I was placed in theatre mastery, I thought it was a mistake. A shy girl like me could not be put into theatre. As the year progressed, I started realizing how much I actually liked theatre and how much I was enjoying my new friends. Seventh grade came and went in a flash. During seventh grade the people who were just my friends became my best friends. I had a year full of so many laughs and adventures that I will never forget. It is now my last year in Conchita and my last year with my new theatre family. As I look back at these past years, I realize that I have not only gained a passion, but a family.”

– Victoria Cantens, 8th Grade


“Winning is the best feeling, especially when you win a championship that has not been won in eight years. It’s a feeling that I wish I could never let go. It was worth every single sweat drop, the soreness, and being screamed at by coach. Every drop of effort that we put in was the same effort we got right back out of it. It was a pleasure, not only winning, but playing alongside my friends, that I now call brothers.”

– Rafael Casanova, 8th Grade


“Two very exciting and happy moments for me were winning the Varsity Basketball and Varsity Football championships. First it was football. We had a great record and we were already champions of the south; however, the only way to become overall champions was to beat Aspina, the team which had beaten us last time that we played them. I was not expecting to win that game, but with teamwork and dedication we became the league champions. Were 12-2 in the overall basketball season so far and all that was left was the championship game. We won the game and became not just football champions, but basketball champions too. Both of these were great for me and I am blessed to have experienced them.”

– Bruno Ciardelli, 8th Grade


“I started CEA in 1st grade. Now I’m in the 8th grade. So many memories from the Fairy Tale Ball, Family Affair, and St. Augustine, to our 8th grade Disney trip, but there are memories that stand out ahead of others. One of my last memories, and also one of my most important memories was playing the piano. It has been with me longer that I can remember, and it’s always there when I need it. I started when I was in 2nd grade and I’m still continuing. I’ve done many performances, especially in Festival. Conchita has taught me things that I will never forget and given me my love for the piano.”

– Alejandro Fernandez, 8th Grade


“I’ll never forget performing my solo at Shake the Ground Competition. I remember the announcer telling me that I was next. Then out of nowhere I turned around to Ms. Danella and I started crying. I kept saying ‘I can’t do this, I’m not ready.’ Ms. Danella quickly told the announcer that I wasn’t ready and took me backstage. She told me to breathe, but I kept crying. Then she told me to drink water. I got better, but I was still a little shaky, so she told me to think of my least favorite teacher sitting on the toilet. I started laughing and was back to normal. I performed my solo the best I ever did. After my solo, I went backstage and she told me ‘I danced beautifully.’ This memory reminds me how much I have been encouraged to strive for success at CEA.”

– Kathleen Garcia, 8th Grade


“A memory at Conchita that I will forever cherish is when the eighth grade boys’ basketball team won the middle school basketball championship. This is a memory that will forever stay with me because I did it around my friends. It was all worth it – waking up at 6 o’clock in the morning for morning practice at 7:00, staying for practice after games. Whether we won or lost, we still did it, and we did it as a team. Thank you, Mrs. Diaz, for letting me leave with a soul of a champion.”

– Javier Gil, 8th Grade


“Taking piano classes has changed the way I listen and feel about music.”

– Keyli Gomez, 8th Grade


“Being able to experience many school events from behind the lens gave me a new perspective of the school. I learned in yearbook how to speak up and talk with confidence. In yearbook, and in every aspect of the school, I grew. I had an unforgettable experience here in Conchita and I’m glad for all the memories that this school gave me, I will truly cherish them.”

– Amanda Gonzalez, 8th Grade


“My first time on film (in CTV) became my legacy.”

– Christine Hawkins, 8th Grade


“I found that my passion was never dance not piano, but art. You accept me the way I am and you take care of me when I am hurt. You’re one of the greatest blessings in my life.”

– Cristina Herrera, 8th Grade


“CEA is where I learned to run. My body took me to higher standards, speeding up to achieve things I never thought I could. CEA is the home of the arts. Opportunities were passed out like homework. I learned how to express myself through songs, art, music, and smiles. CEA is where I found my passion for writing. I looked forward to picking up my pencil. Putting words on paper, giving them power and meaning. CEA is a place where I expanded. My mind was filled with knowledge and my heart was filled with love that was sometimes forgotten to give.”

– Paulina Jalil, 8th Grade


“Conchita is a place where people find their passion and reach their full potential.”

– Nicole Medina, 8th Grade


“This school is going to be a part of my heart, a part of my soul, a part of me.”

– Camila Paraguacuto, 8th Grade


My teammates, my coaches, and my school. All the things I play for. Football and Basketball. We’re champions. That feeling of calling Yourself a champion is one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt. I couldn’t thank my school enough for everything that they have given me. Thank you Mrs. Diaz!

 - Joseph Perez, 8th Grade


“As I was running off the stage I tripped on my dress and rolled into the hallway and Mrs. Diaz came to my assistance. She checked my foot, made sure I was okay, and I continued to act on stage. This meant a lot to me because I have never fallen on or off the stage before and Mrs. Diaz was there to help. She made me feel safe to go back on stage and do my best.”

– Victoria Rodriguez, 8th Grade


“My favorite memory at Conchita was the day in 6th grade when I auditioned to be in the choir. I remember Ms. Loly calling attendance for the people auditioning. Ms. Loly then called my name. I walked towards the wooden piano. She asked if I was ready and I nodded. I warmed up my voice along with the piano. Once the vocalizations were over, she thanked me and asked me to please sit. I thought my audition went well, but it was all Ms. Loly’s decision. The day I found out I made it into the choir, I knew all my hard work had paid off. Today, I am extremely blessed and fortunate to have been a part of the choir for three years. We have accomplished many things as a group. We were the first to earn a Superior at the Festival Disney in Orlando. Choir has changed my life forever, and I will always keep music in my heart. I will always remember my roots were formed here at Conchita.”

– Francesca Yunez, 8th Grade.


Conchita is a place to make new friends for life because someone is always there to help you. When you fall, there is always someone there to pick you back up. It is a place where you feel safe and a home away from home. It is aplace where you are able to discover your passion and learn something every day. It is a community that supports each other’s different talents and an atmosphere of trust and respect. It is a place where you make mistakes, but learn through experience, but most of all it is where you develop character and create yourself. Thank you, Conchita, for giving us all these things. -

- Christine Hawkins, 8th grade


When I see these students in ballet I see a spark of passion and I love to watch what they are doing. This spark is a spark I only see here. Never lose this spark. This spark can be lost in a second and it takes years to get passion. I know Conchita will never lose its passion.

- Victoria Volpe, 4th Grade Ms. Jeria


The community of CEA means a lot to me. It means a lot to me because I love CEA, and it is my second home. I love CEA because the teachers are very nice, and things that we do are fun, too. CEA is the best school ever! I will make the CEA community better by caring for others and taking good care of my school, friends, and teachers. I will say you should go to this school because it´s the best place to be!

 - Sebastian Dutkowski, 3rd Grade Ms. Majors


CEA is a special community because you learn a lot and because of all the parties. I also love the parades and plays. I love all the mysteries and clues to find in second grade. I also love the dancing because it makes me feel alive. But I truly love that I feel like this is my second home. It´s like a dream come true, all of us sticking together from K3 to 8th grade.

 - Amelia Gonzalez, 2nd Grade Ms. Gil


I would say that what makes my school a special community for me is that my teachers are sweeter than others. My friends are not all the same. My school has mastery clases and some school don’t. Some kids do dance, some sing, some run, and some draw. There are kids who can’t afford Halloween costumes. Our community collects costumes, and we give it to Mrs. Lopez. Then she gives it to those kids that can’t afford to buy their own costumes. You know all schools are not the same, but mine is very kind. That’s why my school is so different and the perfect community for me.

 - Andrea Martinez, 3rd Grade Mrs. Majors


CEA Middle School sets the path to the future. Every student is part of a wonderful family where they can grow and blossom as individuals with a clear sense of teamwork, leadership, culture, and passion. With the many opportunities that CEA offers, Middle School is a place where you can find who you really are.

- Valentina Rodriguez, 8th grade


I think that CEA middle school is different because we have a very good arts program that most other schools don't have. So that makes us well rounded individuals.

- Nicolas Aixala, 8th grade


The thing that makes this school different is that we are all one big family from pre-k to eighth grade.

- Nicholas Frades, 8th grade


The teachers help me a lot and help me understand the material better. In middle school you get to explore your interests and learn about your talents. Here everyone cares.

- Brianna Nelson, 8th grade


When I walk in the halls it makes me feel proud of myself. It also makes me fell more responsible and more mature.  

- Kevin Diaz, 7th grade


What makes CEA different is that we are a family. We help each other and take care of each other.

- Rafael Casanova, 7th grade


I am very grateful to be in this middle school.

- Joseline Migenes, 6th grade


What makes Middle School different for me is that once you pass the invisible line from 5th grade to Middle School, you feel proud of what you have done –all the hard work to get there. Tests, homework, even class work. You set the example to the future Middle schoolers. You get more responsibility and prepare for high school. Middle school is another journey to get to go to the golden gates (high school). Also, who doesn't love middle school dances?

– Perla Liz Burgos, 6th grade


I had heard that middle school was hard and the teachers were strict, but it is actually more than that. Middle school is the beginning of maturity. Middle school is a new beginning.

– Megan Di Russo, 6th grade


I feel that Middle School prepares me for high school. In every grade, we learn something that is above our grade level, making it easier for high school. Middle school is really fun and I think that we have a better chance of making new friends and having new experiences in every school dance or party. Middle school is a new beginning for me and my friends, and I think that it is amazing!

– Chloe Jova, 6th grade


I feel that middle school is very different compared to elementary because we have more freedom but at the same time we have more responsibilities. It is a perfect balance and helps us enjoy and learn from this middle school experience.

Valentina Castro, 6th grade

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