Full-Circle: From Student to Teacher

Full-Circle: From Student to Teacher

Written by: Mark Wallace, Director of Christian Horizons Global

It’s a humid, sunny day in the mountainous jungle of El Zapatillo, Guatemala. Maricella has lived here all her life.

“I was very young when I first met Rudy and Sully [Directors of our work in Guatemala],” she said recently.

“They came on the weekends to teach us and to bring us gifts.”

A long time has passed since then. Now Maricella is the teacher. She is giving something that she never had to children in her community– an inclusive preschool education.

“School was really hard for me,” Maricella explained, adding, “I didn’t know the language and I didn’t know what to do.”

Not only that, but the school she attended was a single classroom that held about 60 students from Grade 1 to 6, with one teacher. Just one.

Today, the local elementary school is still crowded. But now children from this community are prepared because of the head start Maricella is helping them have.

“I feel very, very proud of what’s happening in the children’s lives because they are learning. It is happiness for the community because the children are understanding more now.” This will be Maricella’s third year teaching at the inclusive school that is the first of its kind in the community.

For $400 a month, Christian Horizons can provide a classroom with a teacher in Guatemala. Helping students of all abilities so that they can be successful, though, is priceless.