Maria Morley, Art
Maria holds a BFA from the Michigan State University and a BFA in Education from the Rocky Mtn. College of Art + Design, with a K-12 teacher certification. She also holds a Master's of Fine Art: Sculpture and Ceramics. In her past she worked as Art Teacher at the Colegio Interamericano in Guatemala City and as an Sculpture Technician at the Rocky Mtn. College of Art + Design in Denver, Colorado.
Gina Tillery, Music
Ms. Tillery holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Alabama.
She previously worked as a teacher (preK-12) for eight years in Guatemala. She also was IT coordinator at Colegio Colonial Bilingue for four years. Before beginning her career in education, she worked in a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) Lab exploring the use of technology in music, and performed as an orchestral percussionist and a professional vocalist in the U.S.
Maria Elena Valencia, Physical Education
Ms. Maria Elena, graduated in Physical Education and Human Development from the University Galileo, Guatemala and has a degree in Administration of Sport Institutions. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University Isabel I, Escuela de Negocios Europea de Barcelona. Maria Elena has 22 years of experience teaching Physical Education, 11 of them at Colegio Decroly Americano CDA, Guatemala.
Orlando Sicajol, Elementary Art and Music
Mr. Orlando is the youngest of 4 brothers, and is married to his wife, Patty, with whom he has 2 children. He graduated from the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala and worked at the American School of Guatemala for 10 years; he also was the Music Department Director at SETECA and currently owns his own music academy in Santiago, Sacatepéquez. For a long time now he has been involved in different projects such as Orchestra Director, teacher, composer and musician. He loves to spend time with his family, cook, do work projects at home; but more than anything, he loves to play instruments and share his knowledge with others.
Rosa Allen, PE
Ms. Rosa is originally from Puerto Barrios, Izabal. She holds a B.A. in Sports Management from the Galileo University. Before AIS, she taught at a National Institute of Basic Education for 3 years and worked in the General Direction of Physical Education in the National School Sports Tournament Unit (Organization and coordination of sports activities). She also worked as a Coordinator of Special Events Program of the Vice Ministry of Sports and Recreation of Guatemala.
Carlos Maximino Gomez ("Max"),
Mr. Carlos is currently studying to be a System Engineer at the Universidad Mariano Galvez. He also holds a Master Certification in Microsoft Office. He has more than 9 years of experience as technology teacher at various schools including the Colegio Rey de las Naciones.
Antonia Nichols, Service Learning and Resource Coordinator
Ms. Antonia is the Service Learning Coordinator. This year she will continue to support teachers in Service Learning while teaching Social Studies! She was raised in the Boston area. Her degree from the University of Vermont in Community and International Development, with a concentration in Human Development and Family Studies, provided her with skills relevant to agriculture, policy analysis, community organizing and children’s programming. She was a Program Empowerment Director for the DREAM Program, a mentoring organization supporting youth living in low-income housing. Her interest in programming for children and families began while teaching a dance program on a small island in Maine and volunteering with Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance. Her love of Latin America began while studying sustainable agricultural development in Costa Rica and continued as a comparative education student in Chile.
Alicia Roth, English as a Second Language
Ms. Roth was born and raised in New England. She attended Boston College and graduated with a degree in Sociology and completed a Master's in Education at UMass Boston. After working in elementary education in the Boston area for several years, Alicia decided to pursue a longtime dream - to teach English in Madrid, Spain. After little under a year in Madrid, she realized she had found her calling and returned to the States to complete another degree in Applied Linguistics. She taught university students and recent immigrants at various language schools and non-profits. Alicia enjoys traveling frequently and has visited Colombia, Chile, Iceland and New Zealand in recent years. She is very excited for her move to Antigua and to become a part of the AIS team!