AMA is staffed by qualified teachers from the United States and other English-speaking countries, as well as from Guatemala.
Meet our staff!
Academic Director: Alexandra Marmol
teaches ESL to university students. Her experience, patience and dedication make her an excellent mentor. This is her third year at Atitlán Multicultural Academy, and she is very excited about the new adventure as the academic director. Her goal for the 2021-2022 school year is to develop a love for learning in all children, help them reach their highest intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic and creative potentials. Alexandra says that every day at school will be unique where students will think, learn, laugh and enjoy.
Technical Director: Lucia Xon
Lucia holds an Educational Degree in Teaching and Administration from the Universidad Panamericana in Guatemala City and represents the school to the Ministerio de Educación Guatemalteco. Lucia was born in Panajachel and has been at AMA for 5 years; she also has two daughters and likes to swim and play basketball.
Secretary: Ana Patricia Quenun
Paty was born in Panajachel and has been with AMA for 3 years. Paty started working at AMA as a teacher’s assistant. She studied to be a Bilingual Secretary. She loves to help students and teachers. Her children Jasmin and Allan also attend at AMA.
Kindergarten, Grade 1: Esthela Gomez
Esthela Gómez is a Panajachel native who has worked at AMA for 12 years. She’s worked in kindergarten, and has experience working with our younger students. She teaches in the mother tongue Kaqchiquel with kindergarten through 9th grade. She also has experience teaching ESL to primary students
Esthela speaks the mother language Kaqchiquel, her second language is Spanish, her third language is English, and she also masters other maternal languages of the region. She is passionate about teaching and all her knowledge is shared with students and her experience in the languages she knows and masters!
Grade 2: Amy Pérez
This is her first year teaching at a school in Guatemala. She decided to move to Guatemala in March of 2021.She is from the state of California but grew up most of her life in Reno, Nevada. She is a first generation Hispanic living in the US with her mom being from Mexico and father from Guatemala. She was an English teacher at a local college called Truckee Meadows Community College for 3 years before completing her Bachelor’s at Birchman International University in 2020.
In her free time, Amy enjoys playing the saxophone and piano. She also loves to travel and find new places , which is what led her to move to Guatemala. She is excited to start a new phase in her life with working with children and hopes to inspire them and motivate them each day to reach and create new goals!
Grade 3: Gergana Krasteva
Gergana is originally from Bulgaria and grew up in Spain, where she studied Humanities. She has been in love with Lake Atitlan since 2018, the year in which she collaborated with educational and ESL projects around the lake. This will be her first year in AMA. as a 3rd grade teacher and she is really excited to meet and support the students during this school year. She always tries to convey her students trough games and books. She loves to write and tell stories, to accompany students to develop and share their potential. her students are her greatest teacher and she learns them every day.
Grade 4: Alba Barrientos
Alba joined to school 2 years ago, and this year she will be a math a science teacher for 4th and 5th. Alba grew up in Guatemala City, and four years ago decided to move to Panajachel. She has always known education is a very important part of life, and fall in love about being a teacher five years ago. She studied Social Work and has a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.
Always passionate for helping others, she has volunteered in different schools, orphanages, and NGO’s, and she also loves nature. You can find her hiking, biking, and running on the mountains of Guatemala during her free time.
Grade 5: Angela Holter
Angela is originally from the state of Montana in the US. She studied psychology and Hispanic studies at Montana State University and has a master’s degree in school and mental health counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. She has experience teaching English, working in education, and working in various nonprofits supporting women and children to access education and housing.
While not at work, she enjoys traveling, spending time at the lake, and reading!
Spanish K - Grade 5: Gleysis Matheu
Spanish Grade 6 - 12: Miguel Alpirez
Miguel was born and raised in Panajachel, graduating as an elementary school teacher at the Sololá Private Normal School in 2003. The same year he began working at several educational institutions throughout the Sololá department, teaching children from the age of six to adults in a night school. He has 16 year’s experience as a teacher and 5 years at AMA, has studies as a professor of Secondary Education specializing in Social Sciences and Pedagogy, closed pennsum of Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Administration and Pedagogy.
Here at AMA, he is in charge of the Communication, Language and Literature course that teaches from 4th to 12th grade. He enjoys his work here educating students that “the more you read, the more you know; and the more he knows, the further he go” he considers a people studying to be less deceived.
In his free time he loves spending time with his family, reading, dancing, running and surviving extreme adventures..
Math Grade 6 - 12: Miguel Ajtzip
Everette is from the beautiful island of Jamaica where he grew up with his three younger brothers. He is completing his studies in Science Education with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. Everette spent three years teaching in Honduras. He enjoys traveling, drawing, reading and learning new languages. His favorite sport is track & field. He is excited about the 2020-2021 school year at AMA.
Social Studies Grade 6 - 12: Stefan Matheke
Cyril is originally from Philadelphia, PA, but has been living abroad for several years. Before arriving in Guatemala, he served as Head of Secondary at Dohuk British International School in Kurdistan, Iraq, where he taught English and Development Studies. He also previously taught at a private school in Florida where he helped international students prepare for their TOEFL exams for college. Prior to teaching, Cyril worked as a journalist and editor for over 12 years. He has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College and a Trinity CertTESOL. When not in the classroom you will likely find Cyril hiking or climbing a mountain.
Science Grade 6 - 12: Liam Lewis
Though born and raised in Eastern Canada, Liam Lewis has been educated in Argentina, Ecuador, and the USA. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and graduated with a major in Chemistry, and completed the pre-medical courses.
He is interested in learning new ways of fun like dancing, theatre, and filmmaking. Currently, he enjoys reading, hiking, and camping. He is excited to be joining the AMA community and looks forward to finding creative ways to teach science.
English Grade 6 - 12: Miguel Lua
My name is Miguel Lua-Reyes. I am 27 years old and I am super excited to serve the students of Atitlán Multicultural Academy. I was born and raised in Merced, California. I am a proud graduate of Merced College where I received my Associate of Arts degrees in History and Social and Behavioral Science and a graduate of Stanislaus State where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
Professionally, I have close to a decade of experience working in college preparation and readiness efforts in the state of California. I have worked as a College Advisor, Admissions Counselor and Early Assessment Program Coordinator for several state programs and California State Universities. I also had the opportunity to serve in the United States Peace Corps. I served in Guatemala as a Youth in Development Coordinator and worked with the communities in Santa Catarina Palopó and San Antonio Palopó. This upcoming school year I will be teaching 6-12 grade Enlish Language Arts.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, running, reading, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends. I am extremely excited to return to Guatemala. I look forward to meeting everyone, learning more about Guatemalan history/ history of Lago Atitlán, and learning Kaqchikel.
EFL & Art Grade 6 - 12: Gracia Escobar
Accountant: Nicolas Ramos
Nicolas is working to obtain a degree in public accounting and auditing at the University Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala, has taught accounting for the last 5 years at AMA and provides professional accounting services to the school. His children Jasmin and Allan also attend at AMA.