Gamaliel Esquivel Flores - Mixteca Region
Gamaliel is from the city of Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca. When he was a child, he visited the municipal library “Maestro Rafael Ramírez Castañeda” and participated in its reading workshops. Without knowing where this would lead, he began a journey through reading with Beatriz Sánchez Ramírez (Betty), who at that time was the director of the library and years later would become the first Regional Coordinator of LPP.
Gamaliel grew up and moved to Oaxaca City to study for a degree in “Language Teaching.” When he finished his studies, he returned to Huajuapan and met Betty after several years on a visit to the library. In 2014 Betty founded the library “Club Chaa Lulu” and Gamaliel became involved, first as a summer workshop instructor and then as a library manager. After Betty’s death in April 2017, Gamaliel, along with other collaborators, assumed the responsibility of maintaining the library. He and others committed themselves to continue Betty’s work in the library, and Gamaliel also became the Regional Coordinator in the Huajuapan area.
Graciela Ivette Cruz Alavez - Costa Region
Graciela is from Santa Catarina Juquila, Oaxaca. In January 2017, she began her work as manager of the municipal library “Rosario Castellanos.” Previously, she worked as a substitute teacher with preschool and primary school children. From the moment she began working in the library, she has been fascinated by the world of reading. She thinks that a book is a magic window to unknown worlds, and so puts all her effort and enthusiasm into bringing the children of Juquila closer to this experience and taking them on exploration of new worlds. She is currently the Regional Coordinator for the Costa region, serving the libraries of the Juquila district.
Guadalupe Santiago Hernández - Valles Centrales Region
For sixteen years, Guadalupe focused her life principally on her family. For her, the greatest achievement has been to see her three children grow up and to remain part of their lives. She always delighted in being part of her husband’s (Cristiam) passionate and “crazy” projects and being close to the people she loves. Starting in 2010, she began her work with reading promotion activities. Guadalupe is a primary education teacher, and in 2014, along with her students, won the National Reading Olympiad.
In addition to being in charge of a library supported by LPP, she is also part of the “Programa Nacional de Salas de Lectura,” Guadalupe believes that people are basically defined by three things: what they eat, what they read, and what they dream of.
So, in essence Guadalupe is a rich and delicious mole de olla.
Jaime Hermes López Ramírez - Sierra Sur Region
Jaime has had a 24-year career as a teacher at various educational levels and has worked in most regions of the state of Oaxaca. He currently works in a teachers’ center, where he designs and teaches diploma courses and training workshops. He likes to create reading opportunities for children, their families, and their communities by establishing reading rooms in the mountains of southern Oaxaca, his native region.
Born in Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, his passion for developing reading and writing skills is part of his larger mission to promote Oaxacan culture. In 2015, he received the national award “Mexico Lee,” awarded by the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City.
In 2017 he opened the reading center “Libros para pueblo de La Loma”, where readers discover things about themselves and others through imaginative reading activities. He has been a Regional Coordinator of the LPP since 2018, and says that LPP’s collaboration has had a tremendous impact in this program and the wider community.
José Eleazar López Castillejos - Valles Centrales Region
Originally from Tapachula, Chiapas, Eleazar obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering. In 2010 took over responsibility for the LPP-supported library located within the Institute of Studies of the Baccalaureate of the State of Oaxaca (IEBO) Campus 17 in San Pedro el Alto, Zimatlán, where he also serves as director. He has received training in the promotion of reading and is a volunteer reader in the “We Continue Reading” program of the Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation. He is also a passionate student and promoter of mathematics.
In his own words, “This experience has helped me to interact with children and young people, to enter together into the great world of imagination that breaks all barriers.” Beginning in 2016, Eleazar became a Regional Coordinator and continues to use his training to integrate programs of reading and mathematics.
José Ramírez Mora - Valles Centrales Region
José has worked as a primary education teacher for more than 30 years in the state of Oaxaca. He began his career in the Miahuatlán district, located in the Sierra Sur of Oaxaca. In 1996 he became the director of the primary school in Colonia Zapoteca, situated in his hometown of Zaachila.
In 2001 he met Tom Dunham and Jim Breedlove, founders of LPP, and together they started the library “The World of Knowledge.” This is one of the first libraries to join the network. In 2015 he became a Regional Coordinator in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca.
Karina Orozco García - Mixteca Region
Karina has been an LPP Regional Coordinator since 2012. She was born in the city of Huamantla, Tlaxcala. Her love for children led her to work in the Educational Services area of the National Puppet Museum. Later she worked in EDUSAT (Educational Television System) and in the educational program, Plaza Sésamo (Mexico).
Karina currently works with members of her family in the prestigious group of puppeteers called “La Bruja.”
Omar Cristiam Santos - Mixteca Region
Cristiam is the LPP Regional Coordinator in the Nochixtlán region of Oaxaca. He has been a teacher and principal in elementary schools for 16 years and is certified as a professional reading promoter. In 2012 he won the National Reading Promotion Prize. Cristiam has a master’s degree in Art Education and Cultural Management from the Organization of Ibero-American States.
He is currently in charge of the library in Santa Inés de Zaragoza, Nochixtlán and together with Don Northey, he has supervised the tablet pilot project, currently part of the LPP technology program.
Ramiro Flores Ambrocio - Valles Centrales Region
Ramiro worked as an elementary school teacher for 32 years. In 2007, he had his first contact with LPP, where he met Enid Lynn and Jim Breedlove. From this meeting emerged the idea to establish a library in the “José María Morelos” primary school, located in San Lucas Tlanichico, where Ramiro was the principal. From then until 2016, he was in charge of the “Yuu Naan” (“House of Knowledge” in Zapoteco language) library.
Ramiro believes that reading is a pleasure, an activity that leads people to fly via their imaginations, and he is also convinced that it is a tool that serves to develop skills and to deepen culture and understanding of history. He feels strongly about the importance of reading to help people in rural communities better understand and defend their rights. Upon retiring from his career as a primary school teacher in early 2017, he decided to join Libros Para Pueblos as Regional Coordinator in the Central Valleys.