About Gabriela Mistral

  • Who we are:
    Gabriela Mistral is a collection of top educational professionals dedicated to providing a premier early childhood education for all students in a safe and nurturing whole-child learning environment.

    Gabriela Mistral Center for Early Childhood opened in August of 2005. We are an Early Childhood Center educating four-year olds. Any 3 and 4 year old child living in the Houston Independent School District zone may attend. We have 17 classrooms and 3 enrichment classes. Our enrichment classes are an Oral and Written Language Lab in partnership with Rice University, Library Science and Physical Education. Our students attend school from 7:45 AM until 3:00 PM. We offer an after school program which begins at 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

    What we do:
    The teachers and support staff at Gabriela Mistral implement best teaching practices to meet the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of all students using current research so that all students are successful in school.

    Our campus values academic as well as social-emotional success and establishes strong partnerships with families and the greater community to support school staff in providing a premier early childhood education for all students.

    School Motto:
    We are the best Pre-K center in the nation serving children and their families.


    Gabriela Mistral Educator Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957), pseudonym for Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga, was born in Vicuña, Chile. The daughter of a dilettante poet, she began to write poetry as a village schoolteacher after a passionate romance with a railway employee who committed suicide. She taught elementary and secondary school for many years until her poetry made her famous. She played an important role in the educational systems of Mexico and Chile, was active in cultural committees of the League of Nations, and was Chilean consul in Naples, Madrid, and Lisbon. She held honorary degrees from the Universities of Florence and Guatemala and was an honorary member of various cultural societies in Chile as well as in the United States, Spain, and Cuba. She taught Spanish literature in the United States at Columbia University, Middlebury College, Vassar College, and at the University of Puerto Rico.

    The love poems in memory of the dead, Sonetos de la muerte (1914), made her known throughout Latin America, but her first great collection of poems, Desolación [Despair], was not published until 1922. In 1924 appeared Ternura [Tenderness], a volume of poetry dominated by the theme of childhood; the same theme, linked with that of maternity, plays a significant role in Tala, poems published in 1938. Her complete poetry was published in 1958.
    From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1969
    This autobiography/biography was written at the time of the award and first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above.

    Gabriela Mistral died on January 10, 1957.
    MLA style: "Gabriela Mistral - Biography". Nobelprize.org. 29 Sep 2010