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I am la Biblioteca

By Karla Ortiz

Mauricio Becerra

In this issue, we would like to introduce you to a person who has been a part of many different areas of the Biblioteca. He could be said to be one of the most supportive employees here, since he lends a hand to so many different areas of the Library in addition to his work at the newspaper.

Currently Mauricio Becerra is in charge of the collection and sales of Que Pasa Online, although he also supports closing contracts for advertising in the printed newspaper.

His friends know him as “Peggy”, but many call him Mau, “for easier.”

As a child he lived in a typical Mexican house, full of an entire family of grandparents, uncles, cousins always passing through. His yard had many fruit trees—peaches, apricots, figs, grapes, and guavas. He learned English as a child, thanks to the fact that his father was an artisan for many years and had contact with many Americans. It was never difficult for him to speak with them. Thanks to that, he has almost always had the confidence to speak English openly with everyone.

The street on which he spent all his life was a happy one because all the neighbors went out to play the typical Mexican children’s games—the Hidden Ones, the Holes, the Boat, the Enchanted Ones. The neighborhood kids often made races for themselves that according to Mauricio, he won most of the time.

In school, his best subject was always history, probably because he liked to learn historical facts. But he also liked sports. He attended the Leobino Zavala public high school, where he joined the basketball team. This experience gave him more confidence in himself and taught him not be bullied by classmates or neighbors who bothered him.

When he finished high school, he asked his father to let him have a gap year, even though he was interested in studying to be a scientist of some kind—a chemist, a biologist or something similar. That sabbatical year became a working life as he never went back to school. He took on a number of jobs in succession, some for months and others for years. Then, in 1992, he started working as a quality control inspector at the mushroom packing plant, where he worked for eight years. He moved through several positions, always rising in level, as the company offered job growth, in addition to training. He even took a professional certification course in the United States. But eventually, he ended up leaving the company due to differences with the manager. Despite the way that job ended, Mauricio says it was the best job he’s ever had and that it taught him a lot about talking to people, respecting them, and about being a team player.

After taking some other jobs that didn’t last long, Mauricio accepted an invitation from his brothers to work in the US with them and moved to Virginia. There he worked in construction, was a dishwasher, and a house painter. After making good money, he returned to México because he didn’t want to miss his young children growing up. He decided to invest his savings and start a business.

Unfortunately, his business did not work out as he expected, and he had to close it down. It was a difficult time for him because he was traveling back and forth between the US and México for years and dealing with a divorce.

After the rollercoaster ride, Mauricio found a place of peace and fellowship in the Biblioteca, where he has held jobs in three different departments: Library Administration, Reception, and Accounts Payable at Atención.

Then, when the Que Pasa online platform launched about a year ago, he had the opportunity to try out a new role as a sales agent, where his mission was to increase sales both in the printed newspaper and on the website. He also wanted to get more sales training in order to help him achieve other goals.

Mauricio feels very committed to his work. “Since the Library and the newspaper have a very good function here in San Miguel, which is to support education programs, scholarships, workshops, and cultural activities,  this all motivates me to continue being part of the Library, to continue looking for sales to increase the income of the Library,” he said.

Mauricio also wants to send a message to all his Biblioteca colleagues, not only at the newspaper but also in library, the cafeteria, theater and elsewhere: “I thank all my colleagues whom I have been with for quite a long time. I have love, admiration, and respect for each of their work. We are working in a very good place. We must continue working hard, always thinking about the objective of the Library, which is to support the education of children. That motivates us every day,” he said. For more information regarding online and print advertisement at Atención, contact Mauricio Becerra at or by telephone at 415 152 3770.


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