Jacinta, who, along with Daria Margarita, helped create Mayan Hope ~15 years ago, serves as Principal, and teaches students ages 4-6. Jacinta was very involved, along with Daria Margarita, in the site selection and design process of the new school. She is motivated to tend to the needs of every student and help prepare them for life.
Daria Margarita, who has been with Mayan Hope since the beginning, teaches students in the first, fifth and sixth grades. She was also very involved, along with Principal Jacinta, in the site selection and design process of the new school. She is motivated to prove those wrong who say that these kids could not achieve anything.
Magdalena, who has been with Mayan Hope since 2014, teaches students in the first and fourth grades. She loves sharing with the children, and helping them handle any situation presented in life so that they can become independent.
Jacinta, who has been with Mayan Hope since 2015, teaches the second and third grade. She likes working with special needs students because they, more than other students, truly need the help of a teacher to help them move towards their future.
Ofilia Catarina, who has been with Mayan Hope since 2015, teaches the first grade. She enjoys working at Mayan Hope because there are many ways to play with the children, such as puzzles and games, all of which help the students to grow.
Christian works part-time as a physical therapist for the school, helping improve the condition of those students enduring physical handicaps.
Alex was introduced to Mayan Hope in 2012 while volunteering with the Social Entrepreneur Corps, which led him to join Mayan Hope's Board after graduating from Duke. Alex has been dedicated to education-focused non-profit work since high school, when he co-founded the Rutgers University Emergency Scholarship Fund and raised approximately $100,000 for Rutgers students faced with sudden financial hardship. He also founded the Empowerment 2020 Millennial Task Force, which promotes women's empowerment through several initiatives leading up to 2020, the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment. Alex lives in New York City and works in private equity.
As a Salvadoran American, Javier has long taken a focused interest in aiding poverty-stricken communities in Central America. In the summer of 2012, Javier directed the design and implementation of a 60-foot pedestrian bridge as part of Duke Engineers for International Development, giving a community in rural El Salvador access to schools, markets, and emergency medical care. After reading The Promise of a Pencil, the founding story of Pencils of Promise, Javier began to search for a way to support primary education efforts in the developing world, which ultimately led him to join fellow Duke graduate, Alex, on the Mayan Hope Board. Javier is a Real Estate Developer by trade, based in Miami, FL.
Treasurer (Jim) & Director (Linda)
Jim, a chemical engineer who sits on his local Board of Education, and Linda, a middle and high school science teacher, have been visiting and volunteering in Guatemala with their 2 children for nearly 20 years. Jim and Linda were first introduced to Mayan Hope in 2009, and returned in 2010 and 2011 to volunteer at the school, after which they, along with Jim's sister Julia, were invited to join Mayan Hope's Board by its cofounder, Don Langley. After Don's tragic passing in 2012, Jim and Linda took it upon themselves to ensure Mayan Hope's continued success, making frequent trips from their home in Wisconsin to spend time at the school. In 2016, they initiated conversations with Pencils of Promise to further Mayan Hope's goal of building a new school for its students.
Born and raised in Venezuela, Gian Luigi has been committed to social projects in Latin America from early on. He has worked with his family's foundation for the deaf and blind, Socieven, since adolescence, organizing fundraising events and awareness campaigns. Gian Luigi works for NY-based real estate development firm Prodigy Network, where he leads fundraising in Latin America, and hopes to leverage that experience for Mayan Hope. Gian Luigi holds a bachelor's degree from Babson College.