Class Teachers

Gloria Elena Londoño Valencia

Gloria Elena Londoño Valencia

Pedagogical Advisor

Gloria Elena Londoño Valencia was born in Chinchiná, Caldas, Colombia; She lived most of her adult life in Cali, where she worked as a Waldorf teacher for almost two decades. Her teaching motivation is to have the opportunity to follow the vocation of service she has experienced from a very young age which, as she mentions, is the motor of her life.

Her first approach towards Escuela Caracol was through Nana Göbel from FREUNDE, who recommended her as a Pedagogical Advisor. Before involving with Escuela Caracol, Gloria Elena worked in Luis Horacio Gomez School in Cali, where she finished two eight-year rounds. Her specialty within Waldorf Education lies in language and words.

She has deep studies in Anthroposophy, specifically in Biography studies, a subject she graduated from in 2020; this subject has shown its use as it was a bright tool use by Gloria Elena to help teachers, staff, and students alike.

Lily Maribel Mendoza Sancoy

Lily Maribel Mendoza Sancoy

Lead Teacher, KinderCaracol I

Marilily, as the children refer to her, has been working in KinderCaracol since 2009. She was born in San Marcos La Laguna and comes from a family of 10. In 2014, Marilily finished her Waldorf training at the Centro Antroposófico in Cuernavaca, México, becoming the first indigenous woman to complete this training. Marilily is the lead teacher for our kindergarten children. Her manner in the classroom is warm, gentle, bright and cheerful, and she enjoys sewing, singing, drawing and painting.

Sandra Pérez

Sandra Pérez

Lead Teacher, KinderCaracol II

Sandra has been working at Escuela Caracol since January 2011. She was born in San Marcos La Laguna where she lives with her parents, four brothers and two sisters. She studied computation in San Marcos, Sololá, and Santa Clara, all areas around Lake Atitlán. She enjoys reading, painting, cooking, embroidery, and spending time with friends.

Sonia Quiacain

Sonia Quiacain

Teacher (second grade)

Sonia was born in San Pablo la Laguna, she is a bilingual / intercultural elementary teacher with an Associate Degree in Pedagogy and Educative Administration. She out-stands for her knowledge of handcrafts and drawing. She began approaching Escuela Caracol on the 2017, when she enrolled in the schools workshops and became an observant of elementary groups.

Emiliana Puzul Sacach

Emiliana Puzul Sacach

Teacher (third Grade)

Emiliana was born in San Marcos la Laguna and comes from a family of 9, she joined the family of Escuela Caracol in 2018 as the first grade main teacher, she also teaches kaqchikel to all the elementary groups. She has the “bilingual/intercultural” teacher degree, she is currently coursing the “Profesorado de segunda enseñanza” on the associate degree level and the Waldorf formation in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She loves pedagogy and working with children.

Diego Sacach Mendoza

Diego Sacach Mendoza

Teacher (fourth grade)

Diego is the primary fifth grade teacher, as well as our music Teacher (Mayan local language). He is also the president of the “Caracol Association” and the Primary Coordinator. Diego deeply enjoys working and playing with children and making music, both, in Spanish and Kaqchikel.

Nazario Ignacio (Nacho) Porón Petzey

Nazario Ignacio (Nacho) Porón Petzey

Teacher (fifth grade)

Nacho joined Escuela Caracol in 2011. He was born in San Pablo Laguna, where he lives with his wife and two children (both of whom attend Escuela Caracol). His title in Guatemala is “Teacher of Creative Expression” with an emphasis in music, and he has worked as a teacher for nearly ten years in a variety of institutions. He is also working on a university degree in pedagogy. Nacho is currently teaching specialty subject classes in handwork. He brings a wide range of expertise in handwork (he is a professional tailor and is familiar with many local handwork traditions, from weaving to mat-making), and has considerable training in the arts, from music to dance to theater. Nacho is currently completing his Waldorf training at the Centro Antroposófico in Cuernavaca, México.

Carmen Maria Alvarado Benitez

Carmen Maria Alvarado Benitez

Teacher (sixth grade)

Carmen has worked at Escuela Caracol since 2,017. She was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and arrived at Lake Atitlán looking to approach to anthroposophy and Waldorf pedagogy which she believes are ways of hope for Guatemalan communities. Carmen is an elementary teacher,  psychologist and anthropologist, she also has received formation in the artistic fields. She deeply enjoys the way our students can develop artistic skills and thinking while being free and happy at our school, she believes that freedom is the best gift any children can have.

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