Paz was founded in 2015 by Abraham Vásquez and Kelly Bodtke. Abraham was born and raised in Oaxaca and was a theater actor and Spanish teacher before starting Paz. Kelly was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania in the U.S and has lived as an adult in the U.S. and in Mexico, teaching Montessori, music, English, and yoga.
When Kelly and Abraham first met in 2008, Abraham had a dream of making a positive impact in his beautiful and complex city and Kelly had a vision of opening a Montessori for all, focusing on positive peace. It took us over 5 years to train, work in similar programs, research, plan, and raise the funds.
In 2015, Paz opened a Montessori classroom with only 12 students and one part-time assistant. Since then, the community has grown to over 200 children and adults across various programs! We now have a wonderful student and parent community, a team of highly trained and skilled staff, a fantastic group of volunteers and interns, and many generous donors.See more