Population below poverty line.
23% are below the extreme poverty line (<$1.25/day)
Nearly 50% of the population
is under age 19, making it the youngest population in Latin America.
School leaders trained: 602 | Teachers trained: 1,356
*Cumulative impact as of September 30, 2020
EDIFY TEAM IN GUATEMALA
Karla de Pineda,
Guatemala Country Director
Karla directed a bilingual Christian school as part of the El Shaddai Educational Foundation in Guatemala for 12 years and oversaw teacher training and supervision. Karla also worked as an academic consultant to Culture & Education Corporation S.A., where she advised on integrating special needs students.
Karla is bilingual in English and Spanish and has an M.A. in Educational Innovation and a B.A. in Psychology and Pedagogy from Galileo University and the
José Antonio Pérez,
Christian Transformation and Training Officer
José Antonio has served in education for over 14 years. For the past eight years, he served at El Shaddai Bilingual Christian School. From 2012-2017, he was the English Program Coordinator for pre-school, elementary, middle and high school students. Prior to this, he was the literature teacher for middle school students at El Shaddai Christian School. José taught English as a second language (ESL) and other advanced courses.
He attended Hillcrest High School in New York as well as continued his studies in dental hygiene and Liberal Arts at Hostos Community College in New York. From 2004-2009, he studied at Instituto Guatemalteco Americano (IGA) Guatemala earning certificates in ESL and Teacher training. He also has a SIT TESOL certificate from Vermont. José attended Universidad Da Vinci de Guatemala for further studies in teaching. He is married to Karen and they have one son, Jose Daniel.
Abner Artemio Perencen,
Impact Assessment and Technology Officer
Abner Perencen joined Edify in January 2019. His role is to initiate and oversee the impact assessment process and to find education technology solutions for schools.
He previously served as an education technology facilitator in Guatemala, which is how he learned about Edify’s work. Before that, Abner served as a Learning Project Manager in a corporate setting, training executives to become more effective in their work.
Abner has a BA in Education and Instructional Design from Universidad San Pablo de Guatemala. He is passionate about designing learning experiences and training people.