Director - Juan Antonio Gil
Juan Antonio Gil was born in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, Central America.
He graduated with a Teaching Degree from Colegio La Patria in the city of Quetzaltenango,
He came this country in 1973 and lives in South Weymouth MA.
Juan Antonio holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Bilingual Education and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. He also studied at Cambridge College postgraduate courses in Special Education at and art courses in the continuing education program at Mass College of Art.
As a bilingual educator Juan Antonio worked in different capacities in the Boston Public Schools from 1975 to 2008, as an Elementary School Teacher, Spanish Native Language Teacher, Native Language Literacy Specialist, training and coaching teachers, and in a Bilingual Special Education/Early Childhood Development program. He retired after 33 years of service in the school system.
Currently he works as a freelance Spanish Translator for the Weymouth Public Schools.
Since 1992, Juan Antonio has worked with GAMA (Guatemalan Association of Massachusetts), because he firmly believes in the importance of promoting the culture of his beloved country, Guatemala. During the years 2009 to 2012 he was the secretary for GAMA. Presently the members of GAMA and the members of Casa Guatemala have join efforts to work together for the benefit of residents of Massachusetts interested in learning about Guatemala.
Juan Antonio is on the executive board of Mil Milagros, a program that was founded 6 years ago in Boston by Ms. Margaret Blood, which provides education, textbooks, meals and health programs for over one thousand children of school age in several villages in the department of Sololá , Guatemala.