Katie Korsyn came to Guatemala in August 2013 with a degree in international development from The George Washington University, and within 6 months was introduced to the families working in the central park of Antigua, starting the relationship that would lead to the creation of Sueños. In her time in Guatemala, she has taught preschool and elementary school, and has been involved in various education projects, where she specializes in pedagogic coaching. She has worked with Division Educativa as an Education Specialist and Teachers2Teachers-Global as Education Leadership Coordinator.
Founder & Executive Director
Karla Yesenia Xinic Asij is from Santo Domingo, Xenacoj. She is an elementary education teacher who has studied teaching pedagogy and educational administration at the Universidad San Carlos in Guatemala. She is a graduate of the three year program "Leaders in Mathematics" at Teachers2Teachers-Global. Her goal at Sueños is to teach in an environment of innovation and creaticity, to cultivate critical thinking, and to share new experiences with each of her students.
Facilitator - Soñadores
Andrea is a preschool teacher pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work in order to provide comprehensive childhood development. Her goal as a teacher is to generate a change in childhood through intervention, guidance, prevention and monitoring in order to have a positive impact on her community by bettering children's quality of life.
Facilitator - Pequeños Soñadores & Estrellitas
Silvia is the Community Facilitator of Soñadores and a parent of three Sueños students. She participated in the women's leadership program, Women in Action, and was elected president by her peers, indicating that she had the potential to take on a leadership role. This is her first formal job, and her first experience in education, and she has quickly stepped into the role of an excellent teacher.
Community Facilitator Soñadores
Belmo is the Community Facilitator for Pequeños Soñadores and a cousin or uncle to more than 10 Sueños students! Belmo was only able to go to first grade before the economic situation of his family forced him to work and forego his education. Because of this, he values contributing to the education of his community, and is learning himself while he teaches.
Community Facilitator Pequeños Soñadores
Sandra is the cook at Sueños, providing nutritious meals to all students every day! She is the mother of two Sueños students, and Silvia's sister. In addition to working at Sueños, this year she is participating in the CONALFA program to finish her primary school education.
Cook & Custodian
U.S. Board of directors
Amy Cohen spent twenty years as a social studies teacher. Seventh grade World Geography was the course she taught most consistently and counts Katie Korsyn among her former students. Cohen currently works as the Director of Education for History Making Productions, a documentary film company. Her younger daughter, Chloe, was adopted from Guatemala in 2002. Since then, she and her family have visited the country several times and are in touch with Chloe's foster and birth families.
Brent Gray taught math and computer science for 15 years, after a 7 year mini-career in corporate law. Brent currently works as a software developer at an education technology company. Brent's family is grateful to include three children adopted from Guatemala -- his two sons and a nephew.
Ariel Johnson-Peredo is a Manager in the Advisory Services practice of EY. As a member of the Technology Risk group Ariel assists clients develop solutions to various complex compliance, financial, and technological challenges. Ariel has experience in program management, regulatory, compliance, IT audit, product and system technical design analysis, system integration reviews and security/risk assessments. Ariel has serviced engagements as both a management consultant and auditor and has gained hands-on experience on major platforms, databases, and ERP packages. She has provided these services in a wide range of regulated industries including: Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, and Advanced Manufacturing.
ARIEL JOHNSON PEREDO
Sunny is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Psychology and Spanish. She volunteered with Sueños in Antigua during the summer of 2017, and was able to get hands-on experience working with Sueños' students. She has continued to be involved, serving as secretary on the Board of Directors, and by supporting fundraising efforts in the United States through involving other college students in Sueños' work.
Karen Cheney is a journalist who has lived and worked in Central America. For the past 20 years, Karen has been writing about finances, health care and philanthropy. She was pleased to visit Sueños in Antigua and was deeply impressed with the resourcefulness and dedication of the staff and the meaningful work they are doing. She lives in Jenkintown, Pa. with her husband and daughters.