About Us

Building a

Culture of Thinking



Edu1st is a pioneering organization created in the United States that seeks, with integrity and passion, to transform education by promoting a culture of thinking that lasts. To achieve this, Edu1st created and developed the VESS Model, an institutional transformation model endorsed by the University of Barcelona, which is being implemented in many educational institutions around the world.

Founded in 2000

Edu1st was established in the United States in 2000 by
Ana María Fernández and
Gilberto Pinzón.

International Interdisciplinary Team

Edu1st is comprised of an international and interdisciplinary group of more than 150 professionals who are passionate about education.

6 Early Childhood Education Centers

Edu1st owns six early childhood education centers in the state of Florida, United States.

Owner and Creator of the VESS Model

Six Edu1st centers, two international schools in Colombia, and the VESS International Network comprised of more than 120 schools, all base their work on the VESS Educational Model. In Spanish, the VESS acronym means: “Meaningful Life with Balance and Wisdom.”

Transforming Education in the World

The team seeks to generate a positive impact in the community through educational transformation, in order to actively contribute to society and develop individuals who lead meaningful lives, with balance and wisdom.

More Than 20 Years of Experience in Education Administration

A model developed from academic theory and research, as well as from the practical experience of leaders, teachers, and students.

Leadership, Development, and Evolution

Edu1st, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, launched the first Chair of Neuroeducation in Spain, being the founders of Edu1st teachers in the Neuroeducation program offered by this University. 

 In turn, this entity certifies the complete VESS program, and together are continually seeking to develop new courses and lines of research.

 Edu1st also leads the VESS International Thinking Week, a week of international conferences held annually, and bringing together experts and world leaders in education.

Constant Innovation

Edu1st leads continuing research as well as processes to innovate and update.

Why choose us?

Pioneering And Innovative In Education

Edu1st is continuously seeking, studying, and integrating the best and most innovative approaches in education to build a model that develops the skills required for learning in a rapidly evolving world.

International Background And Presence

Edu1st is an American company recognized by more than 120 schools that have implemented the VESS Model, and that make up the VESS International Network. The VESS Model is also fully certified by the University of Barcelona.

Coaching, Updates And Training

Edu1st brings about educational transformation by turning theory and research into practice. Edu1st supports teachers and administrators with coaching sessions and continuing education to implement a Culture of Thinking that lasts.

International And Interdisciplinary Team

Edu1st is comprised of a team of passionate professionals and educators working to make an impact and promote a positive change in the community through a visionary and transformative education.


The Edu1st VESS Model provides innovative strategies and educational tools to create a process that easily adapts to the needs of each school and their institutional reality.

Meaningful Lives With Balance And Wisdom

The VESS model promotes education through understanding and applying what is learned beyond the classroom. It guides individuals, so they lead meaningful lives, with balance and wisdom.

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