Maru Castañeda was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She studied Public Relations and holds an M.A. in Science and Multidisciplinary Studies from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in Education from la Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas. Community service is a crucial part of Maru’s life. For 25 years, she worked as a Spanish teacher. She strives to help and support anyone who believes that a change is possible in our lives. Ten years ago, Maru developed a program of Senior Speeches at the American School of Tampico (ATS), with students’ emotions as a primary focus. At that moment, she realized how much she cared about the social emotional development of human beings. Maru has been part of Narrative 4 since 2015. Three years ago, Maru sucessfully implemented the Narrative 4 program in grades K-12 at ATS and advised the school’s N4 Student Ambassadors. In addition to being an N4 Master Practitioner, she lead Story Exchanges in public schools and ATS. Maru is passionate about her work, she loves spending time with her children, Luis Andrés and Valeria, and taking walks with her yorkshire, Lola. Maru’s favorite place is the beach, to be in front of the sea watching the beauty of the ocean and feeling the sand and breeze, brings peace to her life.