Hello Students and Teachers,

Today  I will talk  about  a very important subject, which is : LOVING YOURSELVES ENOUGH!
All through your lives you will encounter all sorts of people: people who are kind, people who are not, people who mean well and people who do not; people you can trust and people you cannot trust, people who will do good things for you and people who will not.
While you get old enough to know what  sort of people you are dealing with you should rely  on the experience of your parents, and of the people who really love and care for you.
You will always find a bully, who is ready to make fun of you; or a classmate who is not empathetic to your needs and feelings.
You have to love yourself enough to be strong, to not give in to these person’s insults, to be strong enough to ignore them or to ask them to stop being disrespectful.
You have to love yourself enough to do good things for yourself, actions that will make you a better human being, and to say words that will not harm or offend anyone else.
You have to love yourself enough to avoid talking to strangers, because if you do not know someone you don’t know if they are going to act in a kind way towards you or if they are going to take advantage of you.
You have to love yourself enough to listen to what your parents and teachers tell you that is good for you, and be strong enough to resist temptation.
There will always be classmates or people who will try to make you do things that you know are wrong. Resist! Resit with all your might! And if you find that it is very difficult to resist, tell your parents or teachers immediately, but never, never do something that you know to be wrong or hurtful.
Never, ever, accept the invitation of a stranger or even people you might know casually, who tell you they will give you candy or toys or a puppy if you go with them. Never go with anyone except your parents or a person they give you permission to go with.
If you are in a public place, like in  a movie theater, or a park, or the beach,  for example, and someone  touches you, immediately move away and tell your parents or an adult.
You should always take care of yourselves. Always love yourselves enough to do it.
We are living in difficult times, this is why you should be especially careful and respectful of your parent’s and teacher’s rules.
People who love you enough want you to be safe and happy.
So remember, love yourselves enough to take good care of yourselves and to think before you react.
I know this is especially difficult. Most of the time we just react to other people’s words or actions. But it is far better to think before we react. This  will give you time to think if what you will say is either helpful or kind; it will give you time to think if what you are about to do is good for you or not.
A long time ago, when I was in the university and I was just 16 years old there was a girl in our group who loved to make other people feel bad. She used to make fun of every other girl and laugh at them. When she saw me  she would laugh at me and say things that she thought would make me react angrily. But I always resisted.  Never reacted. On the contrary, I always ignored her. Eventually she got tired of not getting a reaction from me and left me alone.
Many years afterwards, we met at a party and she came to me and told me: “Lilian, I have always admired you, because of all the girls I teased and made fun of, you were the only one who ignored me. I am sorry.”
So many times it is better to ignore the bully, unless they are doing physical harm to you, then you should tell and adult immediately.
There is a saying by a great german author and  philosopher who lived many years ago, his name was  Friedrich Nietzsche, he  said:   “Whatever does not destroy you, makes you stronger.”
This means that all that you live through, the sad and difficult times, will make a better person out of you.
So always love yourselves enough to resist what is not good for you and to do what will make you a better human being.




Today I have a video, just for you!


Strength in Unity

I can’t begin to tell you how proud and thankful I’m am to ALL OF YOU, your parents and staff for the results of our fundraising campaign to help Australia!

It is a clear example of the power of unity!

We decided upon a common goal and everyone contributed with great enthusiasm to achieve it.

Here are the results/

These are DOLLARS!

Be proud of yourselves because as you can see there is strength in unity!

We can continue doing a fundraiser every year in order to help our own community and different causes!

I shall let you know next week to which association I donated the money and will publish the receipt.




Everyone is trying to help the little creatures in Australia. It is very heartwarming to see the empathy and compassion!




This past January 20th was a super special day for me, because of the love you all expressed through words, song, and music.

I felt humbled and honored to receive such expressions of love and to inspire you to become better human beings!

I would like to thank you again, students and teachers, for your love and kindness. I was specially amazed at the 1st graders who donated $140.23 to help the animals in Australia! I am sure we are making a difference and would like you to know I donated another $148. 27 , so the total amount donated came to $288.40 and I am including the receipt so you can be sure YOUR effort is really helping these little creatures who suffered so much with the fires in Australia.

Some of my administrative personnel also gave me money to donate on their behalf and together with an amount I put in, I was able to donate $200.00 Dlls to help the animals too.

I am very please, to say the least, with the incredible support  from all of you and the sales you have been having in order to help our brothers and sisters and animals of Australia. This is what being compassionate and empathetic really is!

I congratulate all of you and know that you make me extremely proud!



So here we are at the end of our first semester and ready to welcome the new year 2020!

I am  constantly   surprised at how fast time goes by, especially when I see all of you and realize how much you have grown and how tall you are!

As for me I am getting older too, but I am not getting taller, rather I am shrinking! Hahahaha, I used to be taller than Miss Monica, my daughter, and now she is the taller one!

One of the things I am so grateful for in my long years of living is being able to contribute to the aid of innocent and defenseless beings, who would not survive without the help and love of humans.

One example is Lucy! Remember her? Our adopted chimpanzee?

I am happy to post a video the Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue Sanctuary sent me, so you can see for yourselves  how the chimps live and how they are helped.


I wish that all of you grow up to be kind and compassionate human beings who will always find ways of helping others in need, including all animals.

We are all connected. We are all part of the Universe. We all deserve to live, be healthy and happy.

I send all my love and best wishes. Thank you for being part of my life!


See you in January!


Thank You!

Every day, as I am in bed about to go to sleep, I count my blessings and am thankful for all of them.

I am thankful for my parents, for my mother speaking to me in English while I was growing up, for her teaching me manners, for my father’s extraordinary presence, for the values they taught me with their example,  for my beloved husband with whom I founded BAI, for my daughter and her unconditional love, for the food I eat, the bed I sleep on, the clothes I wear, my dogs: Bunny and Kitty (although very sad Kitty passed away in July), the friends and family I love and who love me back, and for our school and all the people who make up the British American Institute family!

Yes, I am thankful for you, for our teachers, for our maintenance personnel, for our administrative personnel, for your parents, and for all our former students who keep in touch with me! For my former student, Orlando Vera Boeta who was my guide in Berlin, Prague and  Dresden; I am thankful for having taken 20 teachers and personnel on a trip to Loreto, in Baja California Sur; I am thankful for our musical presentations, such as The Lion King, and I am thankful for the cards and letters some of you have written to me.




While I eat I think of all the people who made it possible for me to eat: the farmers who cultivated the vegetables I am eating, the owners of the land where the vegetables are grown, the drivers who take the food to the market, the people who package it, the cashiers who sell it and charge me for it, the persons who put my food into the bags I take to the market….so many people! Hundreds of people make it possible for me to eat! And I thank them in my mind and in my heart. I am thankful for having adopted Lucy!

The minute I wake up I am thankful for another day, for being able to get out of bed with my  two legs and feet (although I have monster toes! Hahahaha), for my  two arms and hands,  my two eyes to see where I am stepping, my two ears to hear the birds singing outside my window and the music I love…and I think: how blessed I am to be alive and to be healthy and to have YOU!


I am thankful for my brain, for my mindfulness, because it allows me to be conscious of everything around me and within me. I am thankful for being a vegetarian and for respecting life in all its manifestations.

Can YOU make a list of all the things that you are thankful for?

I am also thankful for Miss Graciela, for she has proven to be not only an excellent teacher of sign language, but a kind and gracious lady.

I am very thankful that Miss Sarah managed to come out alive from the accident she suffered. It is a miracle that nothing more serious happened to her!

I am thankful that our school did not burn, like so many other buildings and homes all around us. I am very thankful!

I am thankful that now I live near the ocean and in just 10 minutes I can enjoy just looking at it!

So, again, THANK YOU children, for the love and joy you bring into my life. YOU are the sunshine of the days I spend and have spent at British American Institute. YOU are the reason I am writing this blog  hoping to leave a footprint in your hearts, minds and souls.







I am going to be with you just in time for the Halloween Party! I am leaving on a train tomorrow morning. I enjoy trains. They are very relaxing and I prefer it over driving in a busy highway. The train that goes from where I live to San Diego is specially nice because many parts of the journey are right beside the ocean. So I will see you very soon!

I know you have been talking about good-timing, it is a talent that all of us should develop. So many things depend upon good timing.  For example, saving our planet! We are going through difficult times that are provoking  a change in our climate and this brings forth many problemas, like the fires we have been experiencing in this area and in  the state of California.

We have to be aware and do all that is possible to help out our planet.

However, since Halloween is almost here, I want you to see this very short video about about being yourselves! Many years ago there was this program called The Munsters, and I really liked it. it was funny and cute.

I think it is very important for everyone to accept themselves as they are and to love and appreciate who they are.

I send all my love and appreciation. I love you just the way you are!



Loving Kindness

A few days ago while I was visiting you, Mr. Kay talked to you about loving kindness and what it really means. I couldn’t agree more.

The way we make others feel says a lot about ourselves. If we try our best to be kind to others, to make them feel loved, it means that we are actually good persons who are empathetic to the feelings of others.

If you are going to be anything in life, be kind. Kindness doesn’t cost a dime, it is free. Kindness is never wasted. Mark Twain, a very famous american author, said: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Kindness means having the ability to speak with love, listen with patience and act with compassion.

Hellen Keller, was an american lady who was born deaf and blind. She learned to speak, read and write because she had an extraordinary teacher, Ann Sullivan. With time Hellen grew to be a writer and one of the things she said was: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

Kindness is one of the most beautiful things in the world. Live it.



Hello my beautiful students! Welcome back and for you new ones, I want to introduce myself. I am Miss Lilian, the Founder, Counselor, General Principal and Blog writer of British American Institute. I am more than happy this year because I have exciting news to share.

This new school year will bring many new wonderful adventures for you and me!

One of them is that you will start to learn SIGN LANGUAGE (Lengua de Señas), in your classroom! This will be made possible by your new teacher Miss Graciela Rascón Miranda.

Communicating with others is vital in order to have a happy and rewarding life. But not all people are born with the ability to hear, like most of us. There are many people who cannot hear, either because they were born that way or because of an illness or accident.

Can you imagine how you would feel if you couldn’t hear? Life would be very difficult, I bet!

Miss Graciela was born deaf, so she had a difficult time during her childhood years because she could not communicate like you and me. She had to learn sign language in order to do so and learn to read lips, so she could understand what others were saying. So when you speak to her be sure to speak slowly and look her directly in the eyes.

Because communicating is so important, we should  all learn sign language so that we may be able to “talk” with any deaf person we happen to meet.

Sign language in English is different from sign language in Spanish. Miss Graciela will teach you the Spanish version.

I want you to be very polite and behave perfectly well with Miss Graciela, and show her what excellent students you all are! Make her feel welcome and loved. She is a very caring and loving lady who is very happy to have the opportunity of teaching you sign language this school year.

Now YOU have this fantastic opportunity to learn another way of communicating! Be grateful and take advantage of it. Our school is doing its best to offer you this wonderful new class.;_ylt=AwrWnaNOXmldXHUA8wsPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByNWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=youtube+videos+en+espa%C3%B1ol+lenguaje+de+se%C3%B1as+para+ni%C3%B1ods&fr=yhs-pty-pty_maps&hspart=pty&hsimp=yhs-pty_maps#id=26&vid=17c729c61a105e2e12dd238d57ac3a57&action=view;_ylt=AwrWnaNOXmldXHUA8wsPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByNWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=youtube+videos+en+espa%C3%B1ol+lenguaje+de+se%C3%B1as+para+ni%C3%B1ods&fr=yhs-pty-pty_maps&hspart=pty&hsimp=yhs-pty_maps#id=17&vid=3e7512aacfc56ec34d4d25ecbb81915f&action=view