La Puerta Abierta
Santiago Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala
Amanda is the director and founder of la Puerta Abierta Atitlan, a vibrant learning center for students of all ages with a focus on meaningful education and literacy outreach in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. She taught bilingual elementary education in Oakland, California. Amanda graduated from UC Berkeley with a focus in education and Spanish. She arrived in Guatemala in 2003 as a Peace Corps volunteer. While she never imagined that she would be planting her roots in rural Guatemala, she couldn’t be happier living in a colorful rural village with her husband, two rambunctious daughters and equally rambunctious dogs. Amanda feels fortunate to have work that is creative, meaningful, and keeps her connected to the playful spirit of children. La Puerta Abierta received The American Library Association Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects in 2018.