All our Teaching staff is or working towards being:

  • First-Aid trained
  • Qualified as Teachers, or Support Staff.
  • Trained in Waldorf Education
  • Qualified in Special Needs Education
  • Bilingual (English / Spanish).

A good teacher is the most valuable resource a school has. It is indispensable that teachers are constantly learning: teaching becomes an infinitely richer process if teachers are also learning. Professional Development improves learning for all students, and it furthers skills, knowledge and self-awareness for teachers. All teachers are students of Anthroposophy and committed to widening their consciousness and educating with soul.

Staff profiles

JACINTO HERNANDEZ
HEAD OF MAINTENANCE

Jacinto helped build the school in 2008 and then joined the staff. Born in Chiapas he moved to Playa del Carmen where he worked in building projects. He is renown for his endless enthusiasm, problem solving skills and creative maintenance.

LAURA PLATA MARTINEZ
SCHOOL COOK AND ANIMAL CARE

Laura has been active in community care for many years. She has participated in social programs involving old age pensioners, homeless and orphan children. Now, she provides tasty, natural food and tends to the kitchen garden and to the animals at Ak Lu’um.

CARMEN PORRAS
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR

Carmen was born in Mexico City where she studied Hotel Administration in the Iberoamericana University. She has worked in the hospitality field as event organizer, customer service and public relations. She moved to Playa del Carmen in 2008 and has worked in Ak Lu’um since 2011.

CAROLA ISLER PICCINO
KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Carola studied Anthroposophy, Pedagogy and Social Health in Dornach, Switzerland, where she is originally from. She has worked in the school office during 2009, and as a teacher at Ak Lu’um since then. Currently she co-teaches the kindergarten class..

JAIME NUÑEZ
PRIMARY TEACHER

Jaime has been involved in Anthroposophy through biodynamic farming and self study long before joining Ak Lu’um. His university studies include History and Anthropology and he has been involved in literacy teaching with young and mature students.

GABRIELA NUÑEZ
FOUNDER, COLLEGE MEMBER, KINDERGARTEN CO-COORDINATOR

Gaby finished her degree in pedagogy at UNAM where she specialized in teaching through the arts. She participated in graphic and performance arts workshops. Her studies include working with socially disadvantaged and special needs children. She has worked in Mexico City and Playa del Carmen as a pre-school and primary teacher and has experience in supporting students with learning difficulties. She is a fully accredited Waldorf teacher.

RICHARD MASON
COLLEGE MEMBER, PRIMARY COORDINATOR, PRIMARY TEACHER

Following a degree at the University of Durham, and a Masters at the University of St. Andrews, Richard trained as a teacher in languages and PE. Since then he has worked in schools in the UK and Egypt and Mexico City teaching and coordinating Computing, French and PE. He has also been involved in many extra-curricular projects including Music, Drama and Sports. He trained as a Waldorf Teacher at the Anthroposophy Centre in Cuernavaca.

SIOBHAN BOWERS
FOUNDER, COLLEGE MEMBER, PRIMARY TEACHER, SEP LIAISON

Siobhan was trained as a Primary teacher at the University of London. She has completed her Waldorf teaching qualification. Non-teaching experience includes theatre, film production and advertising. She has taught at international schools in Brazil, USA and Mexico and worked extensively with special needs and socially deprived children. Siobhan has worked over 15 years as a teacher, Art and English coordinator, and in Special needs and Inclusion education.

Marta Hernandez
Ancillary Staff

Marta is from the state of Chiapas, mother of four and grandmother of two. She keeps the campus spick and span.

Claudia Rubio
School Secretary and SEP liason

Claudia works in the school office, assisting in general, she shows visitors around and answers queries regarding admissions. She is in charge of SEP formalities. Claudia joined the Ak Lu’um community 8 years ago as parent of the first generation of graduates.

Chenoa Pelligra
Handwork Teacher

Chenoa attended Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in New York nursery-8th grade, received her Associate degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and then her B.A. in Education from Goddard College. She received her Waldorf Handwork teacher certification from the Threefold Fiber Craft Studio in Spring Valley New York. Chenoa knew from a young age that her passion was fiber art and that she wanted to become a Waldorf handwork teacher. This is her third year as the Handwork teacher at Ak Lu’um Waldorf School.

Diana Hernandez Medina
Grades Assistant

She studied Pedagogy at UNAM university in Mexico city and has begun to train as a Waldorf teacher. Diana came to Ak Lu’um last summer looking for a place to grow with her little daughter and looking forward to becoming a grades teacher in the future.

Teresa
Grades Assistant

Teresa, from Portugal, is an Engineer and a mathematics enthusiast. She assists the upper grades and loves to do exercise, travel and read.

Abigail Raggi Reyes
Grades Teacher

Abi studied psychology to Masters level and trained as a Waldorf Teacher in Cuernavaca. She has mostly worked with younger children and this year she takes Grade 1. Abi speaks Spanish, Italian and English.

Audrey Chew
Grades Teacher

Grades Teacher

Victoria
Kindergarten Volunteer

Victoria was part of the first generation to graduate from Ak Lu’um Grade school. She now assists in the kindergarten and in her spare time plays violoncello.

Brenda
Kindergarten Assistant

Kindergarten Assistant

Dayana
Kindergarten co-teacher

Kindergarten co-teacher

Erika Uriostegui
Kindergarten Teacher

Erika is a psychologist and has been part of Ak lu’um for three years. She has worked as Department of Education liason, grades assistant and kindergarten assistant.

Melka Gonzalez
Art Teacher

Melka is a graphic designer. She joined the school shortly after its funding as a mother. Some years later Melka joined the staff, and teaches Art in the grades. She is training to be an anthroposophical art therapist.

” Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able, out of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives”