Grounded Series Director
Las Nubes Project Director, Chair of Neotropical Conservation, Professor
International Relations Manager
Ana Maria Martinez
Associate Director, Las Nubes EcoCampus
Field Production Team
Camera & Editor
Local Executive Producer & Grounded/GNL UTN Coordinator
Tropical Forest Engineer, Researcher in Occupational Health and Environmental Hygiene (MSc)
Mr. Barraza is a Central American occupational and environmental health researcher based at the Universidad Nacional, Heredia Costa Rica. He is a member of the Eco-Health community of practice with the Las Nubes project, focusing on social and environmental wellbeing and also collaborates with the National Technical University at San Carlos on research projects. He also coordinates the Central American Employment and Working Surveys project, carcinogenic exposures (Craex) and has expertise in the issues of migrant work and documentation challenges. He is a Ph.D. student at the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands.
Faculty, Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN)of Costa Rica, San Carlos Campus
I have been working with university students since 2014 in the English as a Second Language Major. I worked with teenagers for several years before starting teaching at the university. I have a Master's degree in English Teaching and I have taught different courses during the last years. I also coordinate some exchange programs at the university and help with the major administration occasionally.
María Gabriela Castillo
GNL Faculty Coordinator
Academic Coordinator & Professor
She is a professor at the English as a Foreign English Program at UTN.
She has over 23 years of experience as an EFL teacher and as a teacher trainer. She worked as an English Language Advisor for the Ministry of Public Education at the Northern Regional Office in Costa Rica for 12 years.
She strongly believes learning and teaching must actively engage the learner in authentic and connected life tasks beyond the classroom, promoting opportunities that allow meaningful and life-long learning experiences.
Ana Lucia Valerio
GNL Student Coordinator
She is a professor for the major of English as a Foreign Language at UTN and at Escuela Técnica Agricola e Industrial (ETAI), both located in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica.
In her 12 years of English as a foreign language teaching and tutoring experience, she has also worked with rural populations at risk in the province, in the cities of Los Chiles and Upala bordering Nicaragua. Most of this training in the foreign language has been focused on how to attend local tourism with international visitors, and on customer service skills.