Thursday, February 09, 2012

Meet Mariana, Our New Director!


We are very pleased to welcome our new library director,  Mariana Galindo. Mariana is originally from Veracruz state, but Akumal has been her home for the past 6 years. Mariana has a B.A. in primary education and is a certified elementary teacher. She has worked as a teacher at various schools in Veracruz and in the Riviera Maya, most recently as a teacher at Instituto Vittorio Monteverdi in Tulum.

As the new library director, Mariana has many goals, the foremost being to create an educational atmosphere that is warm & welcoming to people of all ages, from children to parents to senior citizens, and everyone in between! She will be implementing new programs including classes in music, dance, and other arts and it is her desire to see HB become not just a center for education, but also a cultural hub in the Akumal area. 

Hekab Be gets a new look!
Mariana greets visitors
 Please stop in and meet Mariana if you are in town. She understands English but only speaks a little, however she is working to improve it and will soon be conversant! Mariana has been busy during her first week making lots of changes, rearranging the spaces, and giving the library a new look with fresh paint. Come in and see how great it looks, we know you'll be as impressed as we are with all that Mariana has achieved in such a short time!

We are sad to say good-bye to Carlos Canul, our librarian, but happy to see him move on to an exciting new job opportunity. Carlos is going to work and study to become a teaching assistant at Xaman Ek Montessori School in Tulum, run by our former HB Director, Leo Bermudez. True to our name, Hekab Be (open road) is pleased that we were able to act as a stepping stone for Carlos on his path to greater career opportunities in education! 

Our newly created children's room-- a space for the kids to work in

2 comments:

Lynn said...

Congratulations to Carlos on his new job. I so enjoyed meeting him last June during my visit to Hekab Be. He is so passionate about his work and know he will do well. I hope I have the pleasure of meeting Mariana this summer when I visit in June. We'll be in the area for 10 days and want to stop by the library with items for the library. I definately will be a sponsor again this year for the children's summer program.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Hekab be Marina. Glad to have you join us. I Look forward to meeting you in May.
Good luck and god bless to Carlos in all his future new endeavours. Hope to see you around the Akumal-Tulum area sometime my friend.

George Connell