About Us - Edu1st

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. VESS is being implemented and used in educational institutions around the world.

Over 20 Years of Experience

Edu1st was incorporated in the United States in 2000 by Ana María Fernández and Gilberto Pinzón. Edu1st provides a proven effective operating model system, internationally supported, present in more than seven countries and 120 educational centers. This includes the operational efficiency and effective management we have developed over the years.

We guide and support the school in implementing a sustainable culture of thinking: with training, consulting, coaching sessions, and practical tools that ensure success.
We offer a different concept developed, tested, and permanently incorporated into the best practices worldwide

Owner and Creator of the VESS Model

Edu1st owns the VESS Model who is endorsed by the University of Barcelona and implemented in its six Edu1st.Preschools in the U.S.A., two international schools in Colombia, and the VESS International Network of more than 120 schools in 8 countries.

Awards and Certifications

  • Endorsed by the University of Barcelona
  • Certified for School Readiness by the State of Florida
  • Recognized in 2022 by Education 2.0 Conference with “Best Company Award” and “Outstanding Leadership Award”
  • Edu1st’s VESS won Spain’s Siena Group’s Magisterium Award, for contributing to the educational development of the world.
  • Recognized by Fundación Telefónica in Spain one of the most innovative educational programs in the world (2016)

New services and 100% flexible offer

From 2020 Edu1st expanded its service offer, created new platforms, offering its courses and certifications in person or online, adapting them to the institutions’ needs.


VESS Virtual Campus

In 2020, Edu1st launched its Virtual Campus, which includes

  • Training and certification processes for VESS Trainers.
  • Virtual coaching in classrooms.
  • More than 20 courses in hybrid formats.
  • Workshops.
  • Training in VESS Thinking Cultures (VESS I – VESS V).

The VESS platform

The VESS Platform is a digital tool for connecting, sharing, learning, accessing documents and resources and working collaboratively. The VESS Platform provides members of the VESS International Network with assistance and support as they implement the strategies and tools used to establish a VESS Culture of Thinking in their institutions.

VESS Edu Journal

VESS Edu Journal is a Spanish-language publication in alliance with Rima ediciones. The journal offers content oriented to new learning about educational knowledge, thus helping to build an ecosystem of meaningful learning in community.

Six Early Childhood Education Centers

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

Leadership, Evolution and development

After studying Edu1st’s VESS program, the University of Barcelona recognized its importance and certifies the complete VESS program.

The University also realized that Edu1st’s VESS principles and practices could be integrated with the University’s Neuroeducation program. Therefore, Edu1st with the University of Barcelona created the first Neuroeducation Chair in the world.

Edu1st and the University of Barcelona collaborate by developing new courses and lines of research.

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

Transforming Education

Edu1st seeks to positively impact communities through educational transformation, encouraging parents and citizens to actively contribute to society, and helping to form individuals who lead balanced lives with meaning and wisdom.

Edu1st has a team of more than 150 professionals who are passionate about education.

Why Choose?

Pioneering and innovation in education

Edu1st is continuously seeking, studying, and integrating the best and most innovative approaches in education to refine the VESS Model, further developing the skills required for effective learning in a rapidly evolving world.

International Experience 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 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 a team of passionate professionals and educators working to make an impact and promote a positive change through effective, visionary, and transformative education.


The VESS Model provides innovative strategies and educational tools to create a process that easily adapts to each school’s needs and its institutional realities.

VESS - Meaningful Lives with Balance and Wisdom

The VESS Model improves education by understanding and applying what is learned beyond the classroom. VESS guides individuals so they can lead meaningful lives with balance and wisdom.

What We Offer

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