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OUr Staff

Our People

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Bryan van Scoyk 

Director

Bryan is originally from Thousand Oaks, California. He enjoys writing, reading, traveling, cooking and hiking. He has worked in international education in Europe and the United States for over a decade, and most recently worked at an international school in New York City. He has been at LIFE School since 2018 and feels extremely motivated by the wonderful students and staff he gets to work with every day.

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Carmen Díaz
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dministrative Coordinator

Born in Panajachel, a business administrator, Carmen has been part of Life School for six years as the mother of a student and has been part of the Life School staff as the Administrative Coordinator since 2018.  She very much enjoys being part of an educational project that helps the Panajachel community.

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Loida Betía Ajiquichí

Technical Director & Spanish Teacher

Loida Betía Ajiquichí Sicajau is originally from Panajachel, Sololá. She is an elementary teacher studying a second career to be a Pedagogical High School Teacher in Educational Administration at a local University. Loida’s eleven years of experience have been served with dedication and love in various local schools, and she has been at LIFE School since 2015. Becoming friends with her students is very special to her, as well as having a unique time learning and sharing interesting things with them every day. She has loved the opportunity of teaching and learning at the same time and now that she is part of LIFE School, she has new friends with whom to learn. 

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Maria Elena Criado 

Secretary

Maria Elena Criado Quiacaín is from San Pedro La Laguna. She graduated from Colegio Liceo Sitsematico Integral Lisi in San Juan La Laguna as a bilingual secretary. Maria Elena is now a university student studying the areas of Secondary Teacher in Administration and School Administration. Maria Elena joined LIFE School’s administrative team as the Secretary in 2014, and she is happy to be part of the LIFE family.

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Dylan McFarland
Development Coordinator

Dylan McFarland is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He comes to us now from Washington, DC where he studied Global Affairs and Latin American Studies with a concentration in International Development at George Mason University. Dylan loves cycling around the lake and exploring the outdoors. He has traveled extensively in the Americas and is very happy to call Guatemala home.

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Esthela Solis Suy 

Maintenance Staff

Esthela is from Patanatic, Solola. She speaks Quiche and Spanish. She loves to cook and play soccer. She is very happy to be part of the LIFE school community.

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Jose Luis Queche Hernandez
Guardián

Jose Luís is the school’s Jack-of-all-trades. He is from Panajachel and enjoys being a member of the LIFE School community along with his wife and son, who is a proud graduate of the school.

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Omayra Xon Escobar

Physical Education Teacher

Originally from Solola, Guatemala, Omayra is enthusiastic about her role as the Physical Education Teacher. Omayra joined LIFE School in 2018 and she enjoys inspiring our students to live healthy, active lives.

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Elvia Verónica Muj Bal

Kaqchikel & Spanish Teacher

Elvia joined LIFE School in 2012 as our Kaqchikel and 4th/6th Spanish teacher. She lives here with her daughter, son, and husband. They are originally from San Juan Comalapa. Elvia is currently studying education at La Universidad de San Carlos in Sololá. Elvia loves teaching Kaqchikel and Spanish languages and the Guatemalan culture, and she also teaches Art to our Pre-K students. 

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Silvia Saminez

Párvulos A and B

Silvia is from Monte Mercedes, Sololá. She graduated from the Sololateca Integral College of Infant Education. She also graduated with a degree as a high school teacher from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala. Since 2014 she has been part of LIFE school as a Kinder A teacher, and she really loves imparting knowledge. 

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Daniella Easter

Párvulos C and Technology

The daughter of an American father and a Guatemalan mother, Daniella was born and raised in Sololá. She likes to play sports,  read, write, and sing, but she especially loves teaching and helping others. She has been working as a teacher since 2017 and is excited to be a part of LIFE School. She is motivated by the passion she feels when she sees her students improve.

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Jennifer Collins

1st Grade Teacher, Math Department Head

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Jennifer has been teaching for ten years. All of her teaching has been international in private schools, public schools and non-profit schools. She has taught kindergarten through grade six, with the bulk of her experience in kindergarten and first grade. Jennifer holds a degree in primary/junior education from the University of Queen’s in Kingston, Canada. She has lived in five countries other than Canada, with the bulk of her teaching career in Haiti. When not in the classroom, Jennifer loves reading, cooking and traveling. 

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Molly Healy

3rd Grade Teacher, ELA Department Head

Katie Crowe

2nd Grade Teacher

Katie is originally from Seattle, Washington USA and this is her second year at LIFE School. She gradated from Eastern Washington University with a teaching certification in Elementary Education with a focus in environmental science and sustainability. After graduating, Katie found her passion for teaching abroad and she spent a year teaching at an international school in the Dominican Republic. She is extremely passionate about providing a well rounded and quality education to all children. When not in school you can find Katie traveling and exploring the country, on the beach, or reading a good book. 

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Becca Carter

4th Grade Teacher, Social Studies Department Head

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Roos de Lange

5th Grade Teacher

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Roos was born and raised in the Netherlands and this will be her first year teaching at LIFE school. She graduated from ITEps, a program that specializes in international education and English Language learners. Roos likes traveling and learning new languages. She hopes to continue practicing Spanish during her time in Panajachel. In her free time you can find her outdoors, above and underwater. She loves scuba diving, hiking and growing her own garden. She's excited to get to know Guatemala and its people. 

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Bri Carter 

6th and 7th Grade Humanities

Ryan Musser 

6th and 7th Grade Math and Science, Science Department Head

Ryan is originally from the United States, teaching the last eight years in Virginia. He earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and his master's degree in Education Leadership from George Mason University. He has taught 4th and 5th grade students in an elementary school in Virginia, close to Washington, D.C., while taking a variety of leadership roles within his school to help improve student learning, staff professional knowledge, and school climate. Outside of teaching, Ryan enjoys reading, running, and exploring new areas of the world. After visiting Guatemala in 2019, Ryan fell in love with the country and is eager to return. He is excited to join LIFE School and continue his passion of teaching while calling Guatemala home. 

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Odalys Mejía 

7th Grade Electives

Odalys is originally from San Andres Sematebaj, Sololá. She is a Secondary Education teacher. She likes to read, do crafts, and befriend animals. She also loves colors. Being a part of the LIFE School family inspires her everyday to continue learning and discovering that inside every child is a world full of innovative ideas.

Originally from Boston, Ma, USA, Molly has been teaching for ten years.  She has worked in public and private schools both internationally and in the states. Molly has taught Pre-k through 5th , with the bulk of experience in first and second grade. She  is Montessori and ABA trained. Molly holds a degree in Humanities from Campion College in Sydney, Australia. She has lived and taught in many countries, most recently having taught in Myanmar. Molly is passionate about education and enjoys reading, writing, and traveling.

Becca comes to LIFE School from North Carolina. She has taught in public schools for twenty-three years and has taught preschool to grade three. Becca studied Elementary Education at Drake University and English as a Second Language at University of Kansas and began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. She loves to create community in her classroom and build a family among her students. She promotes project based and experiential learning. In her spare time, Becca enjoys being creative, being outside in nature hiking in the woods, and whitewater kayaking in the rivers. She has a mischievous, orange tabby cat named Lucky who will be staying with her in Panajachel. Becca is excited to join the LIFE School Team and explore Guatemala’s culture.

Originally from Davenport, Iowa, Bri has been teaching in a bilingual private school for 2 years at the elementary level and has been working with children for 5 years. They hold a TESOL Bachelor's degree with a minor in Spanish and Translation from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. When not at school, Bri enjoys traveling, exploring nature, watching movies, and hanging out with their very spoiled cat, Rico. They are very excited to live in Panajachel and learn as much as they can about Guatemala and its culture.