Bryan Van Scoyk
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.
Born in Panajachel, a business administrator, Carmen has been part of Life School for five 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.
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 ten 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.
Maria Elena Criado
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.
Dylan McFarland is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He comes to us now from Washington, DC where he recently graduated with a BA in Global Affairs and a minor in Latin American Studies with a concentration in International Development from 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.
Esthela Solis Suy
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.
Jose Luis Queche Hernandez
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.
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.
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.
Kinder A(pre-k) Teacher
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.
Kinder B(pre-k) & Art Teacher
Hannah is originally from London, UK and has a BA in Primary Education. She has taught in Schools in London for 8 years. Hannah has been passionate about theatre and music since attending a performing arts school as a child. Hannah fell in love with Guatemala after visiting for the first time 2018 as part of a backpacking trip of Latin America. She is very excited to return to Guatemala to teach Kinder B and art, and to explore more of Lake Atitlan. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys swimming, reading, camping, art, theatre and travel.
Parvulos(Kindergarten) & Technology Teacher
Mona Abinader has been a teacher since 1996. She was born in Lebanon and grew up in Canada before embarking on a journey of travel, learning, and education that took her to many countries, and provided her with an abundance of inspiring experiences. Mona speaks four languages. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in an appreciation for diversity and a passion for languages. Mona’s travels and languages have helped to immerse her into the various communities where she’s lived. Her background in technology and her ESL training have contributed to the success of the diverse student populations she has taught. As an educator, Mona strives to be a lifelong learner, sharing her personal excitement for learning, and it is this enthusiasm that greets her students daily. Like many dedicated educators, teaching for Mona goes beyond the classroom.
1st Grade Teacher, Science Department Chair
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. Jennifer is excited to join the team at LIFE school and is looking forward to calling Guatemala home.
2nd Grade Teacher
Katie is originally from Seattle, Washington USA and this is her first 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. She is very excited to be joining the LIFE School team and starting her adventure in Guatemala.
Arthur Huascar Zegarra Stevens
3rd Grade Teacher
Born in Bolivia and raised in London, UK, Arthur has been teaching in schools in London for 4 years. He has a bachelor's degree in Psychology but found his true passion when teaching in several community based projects in Bolivia. Arthur holds a teaching qualification with a mathematics speciality from the University of Roehampton in London. Arthur is a keen sportsman with a love of racket sports. He loves cycling and hiking and has walked up many of the highest mountains in the UK and Bolivia as well as cycle-camping round much of Europe. He loves to produce electronic music and plays the piano, ukulele and the drums. He also has a strong interest in poetry, chess and video games.
4th Grade Teacher, ELA Department Chair
Kim is originally from Australia and has been a teacher for 12 years. She has a wide range of experience having taught in Australia, the UK, Abu Dhabi and Mexico, before making her way to Guatemala. Kim has a passion for the English language and is enthusiastic about educating English Language Learners. She is an active person who loves running, bike riding, swimming and just being outdoors. She adores taking her puppy, Arlo, for long walks, and is excited to see where Arlo and herself can explore in Panajachel. Kim enjoys reading and cooking. She is very keen to continue developing her understanding of the Spanish language. Kim is thrilled to be joining our school and is excited to learn about the local community and the Guatemalan culture.
Math & Science Teacher
(5th and 6th Grade), Math Department Chair
Originally from the United States, Amanda Glennon has been teaching for nine years. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration but soon after graduating she discovered her true passion was teaching internationally. She has since earned a master's degree in cross-cultural and international education and U.S. teacher certification in elementary education and middle school mathematics. She has taught in four different countries outside of the United States and her students have ranged from 3rd grade to the 11th grade. She is excited to continue working with the amazing team at LIFE School.
English and Social Studies Teacher
(5th and 6th Grade), Social Studies Department Chair
Tes discovered her passion for teaching by way of the arts and the outdoors. She entered the profession as a music instructor over fifteen years ago and has since held positions as a classroom teacher, outdoor education leader, and youth mentor. She has taught students from preschool through high school and is the founder of WYLD Education–a youth leadership, outdoor adventure, and academic program based in her native state of California. Tes holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Chapman University, and an Advanced Certificate from the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne in Paris, France. She completed her educator training at the University of CA, Irvine, and holds a CA state teaching credential. Drawing from her professional experience in public districts, private schools, and non-profit organizations, she looks forward to engaging in further educational research and completing her MEd in Alternative Education. Always in search of an adventure, Tes enjoys travel and road trips, backpacking, camping, and being outdoors. At home, she can be found reading, cooking, gardening, and practicing music or ballet. She is grateful for the opportunity to be in Guatemala and to teach and to learn with the LIFE School community.