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Staff

Ali Elías

Ali Elías

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
About Ali

One year after she finished her law degree in Tepic, Ali moved to the Punta de Mita area in 2005. It is through joining the former PEACE that Ali found her vocation as a full-time teacher at Avanza. Ali states: “The Avanza program changed my life forever, and as Confucius said ‘Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day in your life’. That’s exactly what happens to me every day.” Due to her passionate attitude and values that she brings to Peace, Ali was promoted in April 2015 as the Education Coordinator. In 2017, Ali took over from Ceci Paredes as Executive Director, continuing to meet PEACE’s mission that aims to influence social change within the local villages, focusing and investing in education for the younger generation.

Ali's Skills

Law degree
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English C1
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Thesis approved by SCJN (Supreme Court of Justice)
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Warren  Hair

Warren Hair

ENGLISH CONTENT MANAGER
About Warren

Warren was born in Victoria, Australia and came to live and work in Mexico in 2006. He studied visual arts at RMIT in Melbourne, and has exhibited his paintings in solo and group shows throughout Australia, Europe and Mexico. Warren has also attended art workshops at the Academia de San Carlos and ENPEG La Esmeralda in Mexico City. He has been teaching English for over eight years throughout Mexico City and Bahía de Banderas, with experience teaching all age groups and levels of English, from basic to advanced and TOEFL preparation. Warren joined the Peace team in March 2015 with the intention to motivate the students in the community to embrace English as a tool that will aid and strengthen their opportunities for the future. In 2017, Warren became the English Content Manager where his duties include teacher training, mandating the programs curriculum s met and ensuring students advancement.

Warren's Skills

Bachelor of Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
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Spanish C1
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Drawing: Form and Movement of the Human Body, Academy of San Carlos, Mexico City, Mexico
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Gabriel Castro

Gabriel Castro

EDUCATION CONTENT MANAGER
About Gabriel

Gabriel was born in Tepic, Nayarit in 1985. When he was 17 he moved to Querétaro where he concluded high school and later started his career in law, but his vocation for teaching eventually led him on another path. By chance, he substituted for his history teacher one day and taught his first class. Since then he has been working in his this vocation. Back in Nayarit, Gabriel worked with different educational institutions and joined the Peace team as the Avanza Program lead teacher. Gabriel gained his Bachelors in Educational Sciences which reflects in his dynamic classes. His attitude and outstanding skills have led him to embrace the position of Education Content Manager, where his responsibilities will range from overseeing programs such as CAMPEONES, as well as continuing his work managing scholarship students and their progress. Gabriel says that at Peace he found the opportunity to do what he does best, be happy teaching children and young people who deserve the opportunity to excel as individuals.

Gabriel's Skills

Degree in education sciences with the ability to facilitate teaching and learning processes, in various fields, levels, and modalities.
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Knowledge in development and adaptation of methods and strategies of educational innovation.
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Experience in leadership and academic management of educational programs.
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Miriam  Marín

Miriam Marín

COMMUNITY PRIDE MANAGER
About Miriam

Miriam was living in Los Cabos Baja California Sur. She started her career as a teacher since 2005. She studied marketing degree and then she got certified by Teasol institute in Baja California University as English Teacher. She moved to Bahía de Banderas in 2012. Miriam has experience with children which she loves and for that reason she has worked in several foundations in order to help them. As well she has taken many courses in human development and education for all. Miriam loves animals, she owns a cat and two dogs. One of her passions is to learn as much as she can to support and help people and that is just what she is doing. Miriam currently has 91 kindergarten students in Higuera Blanca, and also takes on the responsibility of managing the Descúbrete Program, which aims at self empowerment for women and youth in the community.

Miriam's Skills

Bachelor's degree in marketing in UCO (Universidad Contemporenea de Queretaro UCO)
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Certification of TESOL from Texas University
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B1 Certification by UTBB (Universidad Tecnológica de Bahía de Banderas)
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Carla Pliego

Carla Pliego

EDUCATION COUNSELOR
About Carla

Carla gained a BA & MA in Psychology from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and PhD in Psychoanalysis at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Recognized as a specialist in psychology of health, Carla joined the Peace staff in September 2015 as Education Counselor. Carla published “Happy Parents and children, 2012″, a practical guide for parenting that does not drown the soul. Carla is in charge of designing and implementing the program “Discipline with Dignity” aimed at teachers and “Nurture with soul”, a support group for parents.

Carla's Skills

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María  Rangel

María Rangel

ENGLISH & CAMPEONES TEACHER
About María

Moving recently to the Bahia de Banderas area from Guadalajara to take on this position with Peace, Maria is a product of Rob Haines’ program titled SEED [see Newsletter #6], where she graduated in 2012 from the USAID sponsored two year study program at Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY. Prior to that, she completed her bachelor certificate at Preparatoria Regional de Colotlan, campus Mezquitic. Maria is a very passionate teacher who loves what she does and wants to make a difference in people’s lives. One of her goals in life is to change the world to become a better place for everyone. Maria believes that the kids are the future and that they are like seeds that need to be fed with love and peace to become a beautiful tree. María teaches 23 CAMPEONES every afternoon, whilst at the Corral del Risco kindergarten she has 35 students. Her English classes at the Punta de Mita Secondary have 51 students.

María's Skills

Scholarship holder at Broome Community College, New York.
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Secretary and member of ISO
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Member of ASQ
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Rosa del Carmen

Rosa del Carmen

TEACHER ASSISTANT
About Carmen

Carmen was born in July 1953 in the city of Tepic Nayarit. Carmen has a degree in social sciences and a masters degree in special education. Carmen is a retired kindergarten and elementary school teacher by profession but still remains active collaborating and helping at the kindergarten of Corral del Risco through our Peace Educational Program. Carmen is a key pillar among Peace staff, assisting and counseling Peace teachers thanks to her extensive years of experience and vast knowledge in the educational area.
Carmen is a person who has worked her whole life in favor of education and because of her continual enthusiasm she feels she can help the people who need it the most.

Carmen's Skills

Education degree
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Special Education Master
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40 years in education experience
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Martha Medina

Martha Medina

ENGLISH TEACHER
About Martha

Martha was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco . At an early age, she began to study English at the Berlitz school. While in high school, Martha lived in Anaheim, California where she completed her English studies, becoming fluent. This aptitude later gained her entrance to study management. After several years of living in Montreal, Canada, she began studying Montessori Philosophy and Preschool Education at the Instituto Maurer in Mexico City. During her English teaching experience, she has applied various techniques that combine Montessori and also systems from Pierre Faure, while lending her time volunteering at orphanages. Currently Martha, along with her assistant Emmelin Flores, teaches to over 260 pupils in Higuera Blanca.

Martha's Skills

Development of values program
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Montessori educational counseling
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Support in specific learning areas
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Francisco Shigu

Francisco Shigu

ENGLISH TEACHER
About Carmen

My name is Francisco Shigu, I was born in Mexico City (xochimilco). I was raised in the states and had all my education there.
I lived in Agoura Hills California and in Seattle Washington, I first went to the states in 1989.
I studied kindergarten through high school in California and university in Seattle. I’ve always liked school and learning but never thought I’d be a teacher. I first experienced teaching in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in 2011 and even though it was a tough experience I enjoyed it and haven’t stopped teaching since. I’ve taught all levels and grades but I prefer teaching higher levels. The thing I like about tecahi g the most is helping to improve lives through education, discipline and discoveries. My objective is to help the student to find in them something they didn’t know they had in them.

Francisco's Skills

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Osmara Garcia

Osmara Garcia

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
About Osmara

Osmara García is from Punta de Mita, Nayarit, and she is currently doing her bachelors in administration at the Autonomous University of Nayarit. Osmara started doing volunteer work for Peace in February 2015 because she is very passionate about helping and giving back to her own community. Starting in early January 2016 she is part of the Peace staff as a part-time administrative assistant. Osmara was named by the Government of Nayarit State as the coordinator of the youth for an organization whose main target is doing community service and seeking the welfare of the local communities. One of Osmara’s goals is to become the mayor of Punta de Mita.

Osmara's Skills

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration
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Public relations
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Event organizer
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Lourdes Orozco

Lourdes Orozco

CASA CAMPESINA OVERSEER
About Lulu

Lulú is originally from Santiago Ixcuintla, Nayarit. She has lived in the Banderas Bay area for 12 years and she joined the Peace team in November 2015 to oversee the Peace Community Center , Casa Campesina. Her children Joel, Eric and Clarita are graduates from the PEACE AVANZA Program and have reintegrated into public school in the Punta de Mita area. She is happy to be part of the Peace team, as she can be close to her kids and she is also a support for the rest of the students at Peace.

Lulu

Basic financial managment
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Low costs meals specialist
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Stock managment
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Alexis Flores

Alexis Flores

ENGLISH TEACHER
About Alexis

Born in Villa Hidalgo, Nayarit, Alexis had the great priviledge to move to the United States at the age of 16 where he completed High School. Having become fluent in English from this experience, Alexis returned to Mexico where he enrolled at the Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit, UAN to major in Toursim. At the University Center for Languages in Puerto Vallarta, Alexis gained PET and TOEFL Certification. These certificates helped his work as local tour guide for over five years where he regularly interacted with foreign toursists. Alexis has begun to use his people and language skills to teach, joining the PEACE team as English teacher and teaches to 130 primary kids. Alexis hopes to give back to the community the skills that have helped him successfully grow within the important tourism field.

Alexis Skills

Specialist in extreme and height sports in guided adventures
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Certification of Mayfield high school, Kentucky , USA
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PET and TOEFL english certification
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Gricelda Orozco

Gricelda Orozco

ENGLISH TEACHER
About Gricelda

Gricelda was born in Watsonville, California, and has lived in Punta de Mita since 2000 after her family relocated to Mexico. She studied for a Bachelors Degree in Tourism Management, giving her the oportunity to work for a few months in Panama where she applied her new skills before later moving to Cancun. Despite her interest in tourism, her aspirations to help others beckoned. Gricelda sought to begin with her local community first, Punta de Mita. Joining the PEACE team as an English Teacher gives Gricelda the opportunty to share her native English speaking skills with over 140 children, who she sees will benefit greatly and contribute positively to the community’s future.

Gricelda's Skills

High impact sales course
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Pediatric emergency course
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Volunteering in child rehabilitation center, environmental care and community support programs.
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Ana Orozco

Ana Orozco

IT TEACHER & PROGRAMER
About Ana

Ana grew up in California with her sister Gricelda and family. In 2000, she settled in Punta de Mita with her family after their relocation. Taking interest in new media, Ana took to studying technology, specializing in Web Page Design at the UTBB  in Nuevo Vallarta. Ana teaches students about various computing programs such as Excel which she feels are essential for their career advancement.

Ana's Skills

Engineering in information technologies
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Experience in the area of analysis and design of processes
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Technical career in geographic information systems
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America Garcia

America Garcia

ENGLISH TEACHER
America Garcia
America is a local from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She learned English by herself, having loved the

language since she was 9 years old. When she was 19 she had the opportunity to live with an

American family where she gained a lot of fluency before testing her level of English. American

studied at the Colegio Decroly in Puerto Vallarta, gaining herself a Batchelors degree in Pedagogy.

This, along with her many courses she has taken in human relations, has given her over five years

of teaching experience.

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Julio Chavez

Julio Chavez

ENGLISH TEACHER

Julio Chavez was born in Juan Aldama, Zacatecas, and at the age of 8 relocated to Davidson County, Nashville,TN. Being there he finished his Elementary and Middle School education, and began High school, at which point he did his grade point average, receiving high placement in all classes. Julio later returned with his family to Mexico where he completed his High school education. Enrolling at the Universidad Politecnica de Zacatecas (UPZ), he obtained his Bachelor degree in International Business, along with high score achievement on the TOEFL exam. Post finishing college, Julio relocated to Puerto Vallarta for an Internship at a local hotel.. After working there for nearly a Year, I decided to do something that would help me grow as a person and at the same time make a contribution to society, and decided to join the Punta de Mita team as an English teacher. Julio currently teachers primary school level at the Punta de Mita Primary school.

Ulises Román

Ulises Román

ENGLISH TEACHER

Ulises Román was born in Guerrero 30 years ago.  Ulises was drawn to teaching due to his strong connection with children, who he believes he can learn a lot from. This passion led him to study Pedagogy at the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz University in Zihuatanejo in his native state of Guerrero. Aside from Spanish, Ulises’ interest in languages has led him to speak Italian and English, the latter he obtained mostly from living and working in the United States for many years. Working at PEACE, Ulises is eager to give his best to the students and furthermore the community. He currently teaches primary school level at Corral del Risco.