For a third year in a row, Centro Educativo La Unión teachers have won the “Maestro 100 Puntos” (Outstanding Teacher) award.
Guatemala, November 8, 2018
During a special ceremony held at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 10 outstanding teachers and 2 principals received from representatives of Empresarios por la Educación (Business Owners for Education), the Ministry of Education, the judges, and sponsoring institutions, the “Maestro 100 Puntos 2018” (Outstanding Teacher) Award.
Roberto Moreno, rector of Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, welcomed the audience and remarked: “Granting this award is in itself a contribution to quality education. Teachers and principals are important change agents for many people and communities; their committed work makes it possible for education to transform lives”.
This project is an initiative of Empresarios por la Educación, with the support of a multi-sector alliance that makes this meaningful national event possible.
During the 2018 edition of the Maestro 100 puntos contest, CEDILU nominated three teachers to properly document their work with students during the last three to four years. The nominees were: Geovany Carías (Productivity and Development), Andy Cardona (Mathematics), and Sandra Ache (Science).
All three teachers, despite being involved at the time in volunteering activities in response to the Fuego volcano emergency, were able to submit their projects to Empresarios por la Educación.
Much to our pride and satisfaction, all three projects submitted were selected as semi-finalists in the contest, among a group of 70 teachers nationwide. This placed CEDILU among the top 27 schools with best practices for the year.
During the second phase of the contest, the Dean of the School of Education of Universidad del Istmo, one of the judges and an education specialist herself, visited CEDILU. She observed real classes of the nominated teachers and interviewed parents, teachers, colleagues, and principals about the work done by them during the last years.
The judges selected Geovany and Sandra among the twelve best projects nationwide. A group of three international judges evaluated the projects and narrowed it down to only ten. Of these, Sandra Ache was awarded the Maestro 100 Puntos 2018 prize.
On November 7, Sandra Ache was granted the “Más allá del deber” – Beyond Duty – Award by the Municipality of Guatemala, and on November 8, the Maestro 100 Puntos Award by the Minister of Education.
And thus, Centro Educativo Ingenio La Unión shows its commitment to providing quality, high standard education, with top notch teachers in the region. The CEDILU school community and Ingenio La Unión celebrate being a “300 points” institution.
The award-winning teachers are the following:
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Mercedes María Gordillo Espinoza, EO Preschool Annex to EOUJM, in San Martín Zapotitlán, Retalhuleu; Joselino Delgado del Valle, EOU for girls, No. 2 Josefa Jacinto, in Cobán, Alta Verapaz; Miguel Aroldo Roldán Álvarez, EORM El Calvario Community in Santo Domingo Xenacoj, Sacatepéquez; Flor de María Momotic de Winter, EORM “Petet”, afternoon program, Cobán, Alta Verapaz.
Sandra Mariana Ache Grajeda. Centro Educativo Ingenio La Unión, Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla. Project name: “I discover my world by experimenting and creating”. Oscar Johnathan Miculax Chuy, EPRM Enrique Castillo Monge, San Juan Alotenango, Sacatepéquez. Project name: “Expressing yourself through your soul”. Jairo Román García Pérez, EORM Colonia Villa Hermosa I, San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. Project name: “Learning math is OK, but understanding and applying it is much better”. Ana Meliza Cuyán Valenzuela, EO Preschool, San Lucas Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez. Project name: “Educational school garden and healthy home”. Edgardo Giovanni Corado Duarte, EORM Aldea La Ventura, Jalapa. Project name: Audiovisual and playing materials in the learning process.
Ventura Conoz Macario, EORM JM, Cantón Chuabaj, Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, El Quiché. Silvia Ileana Sarti de Andrade, EOP No. 66, Jocotales, zona 6, Chinautla, Guatemala.
All these teachers were selected based on the impact of their projects and the best teaching practices that contribute to classroom innovation in mathematics, reading, writing, language arts and communication, productivity and development, art, leadership, and civics education. But mostly, because their proposals are creative, integrative, stimulant, and participatory, all of which makes learning easier and motivating beyond a school subject.