Meet The Team

Vanessa and Ryan Lavigne



We are very proud to welcome you to our school, located in the beautiful rural village of Ayampe situated in a valley surrounded by ocean, cloud forest and river. Nature is therefore incorporated into our school and the children are encouraged to spend time outside as much as possible.


Our open classrooms inspire students to connect with their environment, chase adventure, and pursue their passions. It’s a time for fun, laughter, exploration and inquiry while building relationships, expressing creativity and getting dirty.

Mindfulness is another  huge component of the school, the children are exposed to yoga, breathing exercies; all helping to teach the children to deal with their emotions, stress and educating them about their bodies and healthy life choices.  

Roots and Wings opened in 2018 and each year we are growing and improving. We have great plans for the future. 

Isobel Groom

I am a qualified Montessori teacher for ages 3-6 and a qualified yoga teacher for children, teenagers and adults. My love and my passion for teaching extends beyond the traditional academic approach, preparing children to live life in accordance to their true and unique interests, callings, emotions and development. I believe every child deserves an education that understands and appreciates how wonderfully unique they are and I am excited to learn just as much from the children as they will learn from myself. I love learning new things and become passionate about any new project. I am a big book worm, dancer, yogi, ocean lover, animal lover and nature walker. I also love to travel and see the diverse beauty of this world and the many different cultures and walks of life that she holds. An open mind and an open heart is something I’ll always bring to the classroom and I will never stop being enthusiastic about my job. Love and light"

Simone Parianos

My name is Simone, I am new to Ecuador and very excited to be the Primary Years Teacher at Roots and Wings. I hold a yoga, archaeology and English teacher certification and I am in the process of obtaining my Master of Primary Teaching.


My philosophy is every child is unique and with support and the right tools provided they can achieve their greatest learning potential filled with laughter and smiles along the way. Learning is fun and it is my goal to help inspire my students to realise that so they feel engaged and empowered to take control by stirring the ship of their own learning journey.


I grew up in sunny Australia and spent the last eight years working as a diagnostic nurse until I realised my calling to Education. I am passionate about giving back to my community and absolutely loved working in healthcare. My hobbies included cooking, singing, yoga, being outdoors and learning Spanish. I hope to get to know the Ayampe community personally so if you see me around don't hesitate to say "Hola" or "G'day"!".

Pre-Kinder Teacher 

Primary Teacher

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Roots and Wings

Ayampe, Manabi, Ecuador