Luis Carrillo, Kindergarten
Mr. Luis is from Guatemala and graduated from the Universidad Rafael Landivar with a B.A. in Clinical Psychology and from Universidad Del Valle with a Learning Disabilities Teaching Certificate. Before AIS, Mr. Luis was an Elementary Assistant Principal and supported Balanced Literacy implementation by providing training to Spanish teachers at the Colegio Decroly Americano. He also worked at the American School of Guatemala for 6 1/2 years as a Bilingual Teacher Assistant and Kindergarten Spanish Teacher.
Maria Jose Garcia, Pre-K
Ms. Maria Jose is from Guatemala City and holds a B.A. in Education with a specialization in Special Needs from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and a Diploma in Early Childhood Care from Holland College, Canada. Over the last 16+ years, she has worked at the American School of Guatemala, Abegweit First Nation Early Year Centre, UPEI Campus Kids Daycare, The Mothership Childcare Center, and Holland College Early Year Centre, PEI, Canada.
Lizzeth Sanchez, Kindergarten
Ms. Lizzeth is originally from Antigua and holds a a degree in Special Education and a B.A in Psychology from the University of San Carlos. She has completed further studies in Neurology and how it relates to learning outcomes. She previously worked at the Decroly Americano School in Guatemala City.
Cristina Norman, Elementary
Ms. Cristy has been at AIS since 2012 teaching First Grade and English as a Second Language. She is originally from El Salvador, and holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before coming to AIS, Ms. Cristy taught at the American School in El Salvador and schools in Chile and Guatemala.
Paula Rodriguez, Elementary
Ms. Paula has taught at AIS since 2014. She holds an Elementary Teacher Certification and is currently pursuing a University Degree in Primary Education. Before coming to AIS, Ms. Paula taught at the Academia Modern American English School in Antigua and the Colegio Intellego Learning Center in San Lucas Sacatepequez.
Jenifer de Leon, Elementary
Ms. Jeni holds an Elementary Teaching Diploma with emphasis in English as a Second Language, ESL, from Liceo Secretarial Bilingüe. She also holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and a M.A. in Teaching from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. She has worked as an Elementary and Kindergarden ESL teacher.
Maria Jose Monzon, Elementary
Ms. Maria holds a B.A. in Education and Social Sciences from the Mesoamericana University. She has extensive experience in teaching in various schools in Guatemala City.
Eunice Bejarano, Elementary
Ms. Eunice is originally from Antigua, Guatemala. She graduated from the Universidad Mariano Gálvez with a Bachelor's in Education and a specialization in Education Administration. Last year, she worked as an English-Spanish tutor. Two years ago, she worked at AIS and we are very excited to have her back! Previous to working at AIS, she was the Godparent Coordinator at "Common Hope", a local non-profit. Her pastimes include: walking, running, baking, enjoying nature and spending time with family and friends.
Kimberly Griffith, Elementary
Ms. Kim has over 25 years of teaching and has worked at AIS since 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics, from the Bowie State University and a Certificate in Instructional Technology from Towson State University.
Oscar Cardenas, Elementary
Mr. Oscar comes from Zaragoza, Chimaltenango and studied at the University San Carlos in architectecture. He has taught in many schools throughout Guatemala, such as El Roble, Sol Alto, and a small school in San Borja called Lensen.
Pam Wilson, Elementary
Ms. Pam is originally from Athens, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Pam has taught at AIS since 2014. Prior to AIS, Ms. Pam taught in Mobile, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia and on an Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.
Lany Conde, Pre-K
Ms. Lany holds a Learning Disabilities Teaching Certificate from the Universidad del Valle and a Educational Innovation Teaching Certificate from the Universidad Galileo. She is currently completing an additional B.A in Psycho-pedagogy. Ms. Lany was an English teacher from Kindergarten to 6th grade at Colegio Bilingue Campo Verde for 6 years and at Colegio Decroly Americano for 4 years.
Lisbeth de Solorzano, Spanish Elementary
Ms. Lisbeth has worked at AIS since the beginning of the school in 2011. She has multiple degrees including Profesorado en Educación Especial and Profesorado en Problemas de Aprendizaje. She received her BA degree from Del Valle University in Education and her Master's in Education Administration. She recently received her PhD in Education. Ms. Lisbeth has over 25 years of teaching experience from Pre K to University in various national and international schools, including in the US.
Mayra Barreno, Elementary
I have been a teacher for more than 10 years working with students at different levels. In the past five year I have worked in dual language programs to help students improve in reading and writing in both languages in Spanish and English. I graduated from Universidad Mariano Gálvez with a degree in educational technology. In 2015 I completed a two-year teacher training program at Gifu University in Japan where I learned about school management and educational policy. I was an exchange student at the University of Minnesota and APTECH Computer Education Institute in New Delhi, India. This is my third year at AIS as a Spanish teacher and I really enjoy to see my students growing emotionally and academically. My favorite activities are spending time with my daughter, traveling, backpacking and reading.
Juan José Cárdenas, Elementary
Mr. JJ is Guatemalan but he grew up in Los Angeles, California. He enjoys spending time with his wife and his three beautiful daughters. Mr. JJ loves playing basketball and soccer in his free time. He graduated from Universidad Galileo, with a teaching certificate in teaching in English. Mr. JJ is a lifelong educator and this is his 23rd year teaching! He taught Spanish at AIS before and in another project-based learning school in Antigua, as well as other schools in Chimaltenango. Mr. JJ loves teaching - knowing that he could reach his students and that his students learned something new is really rewarding to him! Mr. JJ is extremely excited about being a part of the AIS Family again!