A Mayan woman principal taking a position in a historically paternalistic village in Southern Belize faces inevitable challenges due to the cultural structure of the village. In this case, the challenges go beyond cultural norms. Mrs. Po, a Mopan woman leading a school in a Kekchi village, faces challenges related to her role as a teaching principal in a multigrade school, her lack of leadership preparation, the remoteness of the village, and the language barrier, among others. The reader is encouraged to ponder the myriad of issues that impact the principal’s efforts to improve the education system while working in a village where the community struggles to perceive the value of education.
This is an accepted manuscript version of the article, which is originally published in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. © 2019 The University Council for Educational Administration. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555458919874420
Date of publication
Oliveras, Yanira and Hickey, Wesley D., "Educational Leadership in a Mayan Village in Southern Belize: Challenges Faced by a Mayan Woman Principal" (2019). Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 26.
Oliveras-Ortiz, Y., & Hickey, W. D. (2019). Educational Leadership in a Mayan Village in Southern Belize: Challenges Faced by a Mayan Woman Principal. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555458919874420