María (Mayte) Esponda

María (Mayte) Esponda


My Skills:

  • ·Coordinate online groups

    ·Train people to collaborate online

    ·Train teachers to work on Project Based Learning

    ·Develop Collaborative Courses

    ·Develop Spanish Courses

    ·ICT training

    ·Coordinate Collaborative Projects among schools worldwide

    ·Teach Spanish workplace courses(specific for different professions)

    ·Translate from English to Spanish

Work History

Work History

Director, Training Services and Live Events

The Strongest Oak

Founded in 2010, The Strongest Oak Foundation (TSO) is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has a global network of volunteers and affiliates based in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.  TSO team members originate from Canada, Argentina and West Africa and have been delivering high impact, sustainable educational and social projects together since 2006.

María Teresa (Mayte) Esponda

Director, Training Services and Live Events (Co-Founder) Mar del Plata, Argentina

Mayte is one of the world’s leading specialists in online collaborative tools and projects. She has been a teacher for 15 years and holds a degree as a Social Psychologist operator and a Psycho dramatist. Prior to joining TSO, Mayte served as Latin American Coordinator for Elluminate’s Fire and Ice program, where she helped launch and deliver a groundbreaking online ESL distance training program for teachers in rural areas of Colombia. Also with Fire and Ice, Mayte managed hundreds of K12 online educational projects, workshops, and conferences on topics of social importance including cultural exchange, climate change, poverty reduction, and art – involving thousands of participants from over 25 countries.  Currently, she is delivering an online course on collaboration for teachers on behalf of Thomas University of Thomasville, Georgia. Mayte speaks English and Italian.

Stace Wills

Managing Director and Co-Founder

The Strongest Oak Foundation

Calgary, AB, Canada

Jul 2012 - Present

Workshop Instructor (English and ICT)
Aug 2010 - Present

Adjunct teacher

Thomas University

Course Instructors:

María Teresa EspondaMary Prentice, Ph.D. MSLS

Students will design safe, memorable, and highly interactive online projects for classrooms of all grade levels that yield tangible educational and social benefits.  Students will identify the best places to find reliable partner schools – domestic or international, explore the most effective techniques to maximize student performance in an online environment, and gain first-hand experience with some of the safest and most effective online collaborative and social networking tools. In addition, they will examine the theory of collaborative group work and how to apply key concepts in the practical setting of collaborative online projects.  The pinnacle of the course is an assignment that challenges students to put the theory into practice by developing a short collaborative workshop or event, and then showcasing their results to the rest of the class.

Mar 2007 - Mar 2010

Collaborative Project Coordinator


E-learning coordinator Online Collaborative Project Coordinator

Mar 2008 - Mar 2010

Mayte Esponda Latin American Coordinator Fire and Ice Program


Fire and Ice designs and manages collaborative learning projects between schools in the Southern Hemisphere (“fire”) and in the Northern Hemisphere (“ice”) on topics of social importance including climate change, art, poverty reduction, and peace. In Fire and Ice, we use technology, both synchronous and asynchronous, to engage students in an educational and cultural experience that is exciting and truly memorable

May 2002 - Dec 2005


I developed Workplace Spanish Courses and delivered online classes
Mar 1985 - Apr 2002





Certificate in dramatic games

2003 - 2008

Operador en Psicología Social




Online Collaboration

More than 10 years working online as an Instructor, a course developer and a coordinator.