SMAE Celebrates First Anniversary at Local Grade School

By Joseph Toone

 The San Miguel School of English (SMAE), a non-profit volunteer staffed school teaching English to over a 100 Mexicans per year, has just celebrated their first year anniversary at the elementary school on Recreo.  The San Miguel School of English was formed over 60 years ago but just spent their first year using public grade school class rooms to teach adults English in the evenings despite not all adults fitting comfortably in very tiny desks!

Newly elected school president, Joseph Toone, was ecstatic at the success of the first year.  Toone says “We can’t thank Mayor Lucy, and the community as a whole, near enough for welcoming the school into our new home.  It’s been a terrific year!”

The school offers a dozen classes at various levels from beginner through advanced.  Over a hundred students have been taught this past year alone.  The school’s mission is to provide very low-cost English language and cultural instruction for the professional and personal advancement of San Miguel residents.

Toone explains “Many local employers sponsor their staff attending English lessons to advance their careers, however, I am far more thrilled at the number of cross-cultural personal relationships that have flourished thanks to the efforts of the SMAE’s outstanding teaching and support volunteers.”

To learn how to sponsor a student’s 300 pesos tuition for a semester (four months), become a teacher, or take a course please contact President Joseph Toone at

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