Meet the Ixchel Team!
The knowledge and experience of your teacher is of utmost importance for the success of your studies. Only a well trained and motivated teacher will ensure that you learn Spanish in an efficient manner and progress rapidly, making the best use of your valuable time.
Ixchel's teachers fit the bill!
Our teachers are all native Spanish speakers and have many years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language to foreign students. They take an active interest in your progress and adapt your lessons to your needs, interests and learning style.
All teachers who work online have received special training and are well prepared to give you the same high-quality lessons as you would get with an immersion Spanish course here in Antigua Guatemala.
If you have already participated in an immersion course and want to continue working with the same teacher, we can usually arrange that.
Mafer Almengor (Coordinator)
Maria Fernanda – Mafer for short – is the school's secretary and course coordinator. She joined Ixchel in 2008 after completing her training as a bilingual executive secretary and, with one short interlude, has been with us ever since. Always friendly and cheerful, she assists students in any way she can.
Besides her work, she is a part-time student of law and social science. In her free time she likes to work out, read and spend time with her loved ones.
Alejandra is 25 years old and has been with Ixchel for seven years. Her gracious nature and genuine interest in her students' progress have made her one of our most popular teachers.
Besides teaching Spanish, Alejandra studies architecture part-time at a university in Antigua. She is also very interested in learning about other countries, their culture and history, and likes to travel.
Luis Antonio Carcuz
Luis Antonio is 40 years old and has been a member of the Ixchel team since the school opened in 1999. He has worked with students from all walks of life and has made many friends all over the world with whom he likes to stay in touch by email and chat.
Luis Antonio holds degrees in linguistics and accounting, but his true passions are teaching Spanish and explaining all aspects of life in Latin America to his students.
Ana Lucia Perez
Ana Lucia is one of our more senior teachers and has been with Ixchel for many years. Although she began her professional carrier at a bank, she soon discovered her true vocation as a Spanish teacher and has stuck with it ever since.
Ana Lucia enjoys teaching Spanish and introducing her students to the culture of Latin America. Ana Lucia is 35 years old and loves to cook and hang out with friends.
Stephany is 22 years old and has been with Ixchel for four years. She truly enjoys teaching Spanish and learning about the culture and history of her students' home countries.
In her free time Stephany likes to hang out with friends and family, work out and read. She is particularly interested in Latin American literature and her favorite author is Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan writer Miguel Angel Asturias.
Ana is 24 years old and has been teaching Spanish as a second language for five years. She holds a degree in pedagogy and is studying business administration part-time at a private university in Antigua.
Ana enjoys working with international students very much, not only teaching them Spanish but also explaining the Latin American culture, customs and history.
Carmen is 32 years old, holds degrees in pedagogy and Spanish, studied International Relations and has been working as a Spanish teacher for more than 10 years. She is also a Salsa dance teacher and in her free time she likes to travel.
Always cheerful and full of energy, Carmen loves to work with people and is not only one of our most experienced but also one of our most popular teachers.
Carmen is 31 years old and holds degrees in Foreign Language Education and Business Administration. She has more than ten years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language and she's very enthusiastic about teaching not only the language but also the culture of Latin America.
Carmen's many interests include Latin American literature, particularly the works of Isabel Allende, and learning about other cultures.
Silvia was already looking back at a long teaching career when she joined Ixchel three years ago. She holds a degree in Spanish and is very passionate about teaching not only the Spanish language but also explaining the Latin American way of life.
Silvia is very interested in learning about her students' home countries and their culture and history. She loves to spend her free time with her family and friends.
Silvia, who holds a degree in pedagogy, is 33 years old and has been working as a Spanish teacher for nine years. Before she took up teaching Spanish, she worked in tourism and is always willing to give travel tips and advice to her students.
Silvia spends a lot of time keeping up with the latest teaching methods to become an even better teacher. Most of her free time is spent with her family and friends.
Angelica joined Ixchel shortly after the school was founded and has stayed with us ever since. Besides her work as a Spanish teacher, she went to law school part-time and recently graduated.
Besides Spanish and English, Angelica also speaks Quiché, a Mayan language spoken by a large part of Guatemala's indigenous population. Her hobbies include history, literature and spending time with family and friends.
What Our Students Say ...
Ana Lucia is the best teacher I have ever had. I took 3 Spanish classes at my University and have had another online teacher from another company but nobody is as good as Ana Lucia. She is very patient and very good at explaining things I never understood from other teachers. In fact, because of how much I like the online classes, I am going to spend a week at the school when I go to Guatemala a month from now.
Anyone that is serious about learning Spanish should try their online classes, they are affordable and it is as if the teacher were sitting beside you.
Ron Gunter, North Carolina, USA
I love Ixchel and my tutors Ana and Mariela. The online courses fit my schedule and I find the staff very accommodating. Plus, my Spanish is improving!
I can’t wait to bring my family to Guatemala this summer to study in person.
Jay Puppo, Oregon, USA