Elisa Guerra: Profile

Elisa Guerra 2022 for WEB

Elisa Guerra was named “Best Educator in Latin America” by the Inter-American Development Bank in 2015. She is a member of UNESCO’s International Commission for the Futures of Education.

Elisa holds a Master’s in Education degree from Harvard University. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and another Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Teaching-Learning Process from ITESM. Elisa has authored and co-authored more than 25 books and textbooks.

She was one of the 2016 TOP50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize and was also a TOP50 Finalist in 2015. This award has been called the «Nobel Prize» for Teaching.

Elisa is Founder and Teacher at Colegio Valle de Filadelfia (PreK -9th). Her school model has been replicated in 10 campuses in 5 Latin American countries. She has volunteered as Director for The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential for Latin America since 2001, where she has worked with well and brain-injured children and their families.

Elisa has lectured in English and Spanish in 18 different countries. She presented a keynote for the European Parliament in Brussels and has also been a speaker at the World Innovation Summit for Education, in Doha, and many times at the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai.


She has worked as a teacher in each one of the three basic education levels in México. For junior high school level, she developed a complete flipped classroom for History and Geography, including collaborative projects, videos, evaluation rubrics, and teaching suggestions. These materials have been available on the Internet since 2009 to be used freely by teachers and students of junior high school education, and were widely used during the pandemic.
For this purpose, she created a YouTube channel: WebSchool Filadelfia. Additionally, she shares lectures and other types of content on her own YouTube Channel.

With her students, she produces a podcast for creative writing in Spanish, called Las Primeras Letras. In her own podcast, «Casa y Escuela» she shares relevant content for both parents and educators.

Published Books:

«The Voices of the Trees,» (2022) a children’s book to promote global citizenship, was coauthored with Harvard Professor Fernando Reimers, and is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

«Hope, where are you?» (2021) a children’s book to promote conversations for well-being in a pandemic world, coauthored with Armand Doucet, is available for free and in 48 languages thanks to a global collaboration of teachers from around the world.

«Around the world» (2020-2021), a series of early reading books for children ages 3-5

«Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution», coauthored with Armand Doucet, Michael Soskil, Koen Timmers, Jelmer Evers, and Nadia Lopez has received international acclaim. Originally published in English (Routledge), it has also been translated into Spanish (Pearson).

«Learning to read at 3: Doman Method applied in the Preschool Classroom» (In Spanish) This book has consistently ranked no. 1 in sales en Amazon México in its categoryElisa has also authored textbooks for preschool and elementary school, published by Pearson Education: Series for Early Learning in Reading, Writing and Global Culture in Preschool. The series consists of a total of 12 books in three degrees as well as digital materials for students and teachers. For elementary school students, her series «Interacciones: Lenguaje y Comunicación» focuses on language, global citizenship, cultures from around the world, greek and Latin word roots and entrepreneurship.


In 2017, Al Jazeera produced a documentary about Elisa, named «Mexico: The Power of Early Education», as part of the series «Rebel Education», which aim was to portray six of the most innovative educational practices from around the world.

Elisa on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn.