About

Philosophy

Learning should be fun and children learn best when actively involved. Optimal learning and development occur within a community where children feel safe and welcome, where everyone contributes, everyone belongs and everyone is respected as an individual. Children, their families, the teachers and support staff are valued members. Through active participation within a community centered around the Latin culture, each child will embrace the Spanish language. At the same time, he/she will master developmentally-appropriate cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills necessary for success in future years.

Mission

The mission of The Pineapple School is to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment where young children can develop age appropriate cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills while simultaneously assimilating the language and culture of Latin America.

The Team

The Pineapple School is family owned and operated by Krisana and Juan Puccio, and her parents Hugo and Susan Carvajal. Each founder brings unique experiences and skills to the team.

Dr. Hugo F. Carvajal – Dr. Carvajal is a pediatrician specializing in the care of children requiring hospitalization and intensive care services. Originally from Costa Rica, Dr. Carvajal is a U.S. citizen. He dedicated 20 years of his career serving as Professor of Pediatrics at three major medical schools of Texas. He also developed and built a large child care center in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Carvajal will play an advisory role an will oversee planning and construction of the facility. A stickler for safety, Dr. Carvajal works to ensure that The Pineapple School offers a safe and healthy environment for the children and staff.

Susan Carvajal – A pediatric nurse practitioner also holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has ample experience in early childhood education and healthcare. Along with her husband, she owned and operated a child care center in Galveston for 13 years. In San Antonio, Susan founded and developed the St. Agnes Play Group, a volunteer program for socially disadvantaged, Spanish-speaking children and served as the program director for four years. Additionally, she has practiced as a Nurse Practitioner in pediatric clinics as well as in a newborn nursery. Susan serves as Director of The Pineapple School.

Juan Puccio – Juan was raised in Venezuela. He studied English as a second language in Venezuela during college and in Costa Rica while obtaining a Masters degree in Business Administration. It was not until relocating to the United States in 2006 that a complete immersion into the English language allowed him to become truly bilingual. Juan has recently become a U.S. citizen. Juan is gaining new knowledge daily of the joys and challenges of raising children, as he and Krisana have three young children. Juan concentrates on the financial aspects of the business.

Krisana Puccio – The Pineapple School came about because of Krisana’s love for children, language and entrepreneurship. She became bilingual through immersion in 2004 when she attended a two-year international MBA program in Costa Rica. Krisana comes with 4 years of experience in marketing. Her love for children sprung in her early years. She planned and conducted week-long summer camps in her neighborhood, worked for 3 summers as a camp counselor and volunteered at a center for street children in Oaxaca, Mexico. Krisana serves as the school’s Administrator.

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