We are blessed and excited to welcome a new group of volunteer teachers to the BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America) program at the Amigos de Jesús Bilingual School. These teachers will be providing the English part of our students' bilingual education, and will be working alongside Honduran teacher who will give classes in Spanish. This year's group is diverse and well-qualified. We can't wait to see the impact they will have on our kids and their journey of learning!
THOUGHTS FROM THE TEACHERS...
What are you most looking forward to about being a BECA teacher at Amigos de Jesús this year?
"I am most excited to further strengthen my connection with the students, teachers, and parents involved with our school and the children's home as my position this year will give me so many great opportunities to interact with the numerous different groups within the community of Amigos De Jesús." ~ Sean Kelly, 23, BECA Program Administrator (2nd year of service), Hometown: Ashtabula, OH
"To see the students continue to grow both academically and in their relationships with each other and their teachers. I'm also looking forward to learning more about Honduras and Honduran culture." ~ Tim Havlat, 28, 5th grade teacher, Hometown: Chicago, IL
"In my second year as the 4th grade teacher, I'm looking forward to implementing all of the ideas I had toward the end of last year and to start off this year knowing more than I did before." ~ Stephanie Fore, 25, 4th grade teacher, Hometown: St. Paul, MN
"This might sound cliché, but I hope to be, in some small way, a role model for the kids and bring a beacon of hope into their lives. As an aside, I also am hoping to help them improve their writing ability in English, because they already have great reading skills, but they have room to grow in writing." ~ Susan, 3rd grade teacher
"I am excited about the opportunity to travel and see different communities around Honduras. I have already experienced the community in and around Amigos, the community in Cofradía, and other areas like Copan Ruinas, La Entrada, Lake Yojoa, and San Pedro Sula. Each place had a very different feel and culture and I can't wait to see more." ~ Brian Stewart, 22, 2nd grade teacher, Hometown: Cleveland, OH
"I am looking forward to building relationships with my students and the other teachers at Amigos." ~ Laura Montes, 22, 1st grade teacher, Hometown: Rochester, MI
"I hope to be able to inspire in my kids a real love of learning." ~ Libian Siy, 45, Prepa (kindergarten teacher), Hometown: the Philippines
"I am looking forward to the teaching moments - the moment when you explain something to a child and they suddenly understand it. Those are beautiful moments as an educator." ~ Celia, 25, Resource Teacher, Hometown: China