Profe Evelyn has been working as a volunteer teacher at the Amigos de Jesús Bilingual School for three years. Characterized by her carisma, patience, kindness, and respect for all, Profe Evelyn is an excellent teacher to her students and a great friend to her coworkers. She is always willing to help and do the extra work for our students and was even described as “an angel that trasmits joy, goodness, and patience to anyone that needs it.” As a leader amongst the group of Honduran teachers, she is an example to not just our students, but to all of our teachers.
Read more about Profe Evelyn in her interview below:
Hometown: Macuelizo, Santa Barbara
Job at School: 2nd Grade Teacher and Math Teacher for EducaTodos
Time working at the Amigos de Jesús Bilingual School: 3 years
How did you first hear about Amigos de Jesús?
I heard about Amigos de Jesús for the first time when I was in school and we came for a visit with my teacher. I heard about the bilingual school at Amigos through a family friend whose daughter attended the school and through that, I was able to get a job here. I came for an interview when there was an employment opportunity and here I am still.
Before coming to Amigos, what were you doing?
Before coming to Amigos de Jesús, I was studying. I was finishing my 'carrera' (profession-focused last two years of high school) in primary school teaching.
What is your favorite part of your job?
There are a lot of things that I like about my job! Some of my favorites include teaching the children, spending time with them, both during class and outside of class, teaching them to read and write, working together with the other teachers, all of the events that take place at the school and ‘hogar,’ and every one of the ‘convivencias’ (get togethers) we have. I like to work with the children of Amigos de Jesús a lot.
I know that it's difficult but can you share one of your favorite memories from your time here at Amigos?
I have a lot of favorite memories from my time at Amigos de Jesús but one of the things that I have really liked is being able to help the students who have graduated from 6th grade and moved on to ‘colegio’ (high school). To be able to be part of that goal that they have completed, one of the first goals they have that they have achieved, and help those students with that transition is very memorable. I also have a lot of good memories from each one of the events that we have had at the school. It has been very nice to be a part of all those events and I always remember each one of them for something special that happened.
Can you share something that you have learned from being a teacher at our school?
I have learned a lot – to be more patient with the children and to give more of myself, for example. I have grown a lot as a person since coming to teach at Amigos. The children have taught me, in particular the children of Amigos de Jesús, to value the things I have in my life, even the difficult things and to spend more time with my family and share with them. They have taught me to take advantage of each one of those moments that I get to spend with my loved ones because for them, it is more difficult. I do everything possible so that the children here can feel safe and confident and so that they can receive a little bit of love from those of us who work at the school.
You have been involved with the Amigos de Jesús Bilingual School for several years now. Can you talk about some changes that you have seen in the kids?
One of the changes that I have seen in the children is how they have learned to be more tolerant. They have learned to listen a lot more, both to their teachers and their classmates. They respect the opinions of other people more and they have learned to see, understand, and accept how we try to show them that we care for them. For instance, they are more accepting of giving and getting hugs. They have also learned a lot about how to control their angry and they work very hard to push through adversity and continue on.
One children, or I should really say ‘joven’ now, that I have seen change a lot is Valentin.* Before, he had a very hard time controlling his temper. He didn’t know how to show that he was angry but now he can calm down and talk about what is happening to him in order to get help. Before he reacted with punches and aggression but now he prefers to talk, calm himself down, or even ask for time to do those things.
What is something that you want for your students in the future?
I want them to be good people that can help our country and that can accomplish their dreams and be happy.
Can you explain a little bit about what it's like to work in a bilingual school with people who come from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, and who speak different languages?
It is a little difficult at the beginning of a school year because each year, a different group of gringo teachers and Honduran teachers come and you have to learn how to get along, to get to know each other, how to act, and how to treat one another. Is he or she going to feel okay if we treat him/her in this way or will that make that person feel bad or uncomfortable? At the same time, it is also really beautiful because we get to know new cultures, customs, and traditions and in the end, we learn a little bit of English and get to teach others a little bit of Spanish. We get along and work together for the best of the children, because that’s what we all want.
What is unique about working at Amigos de Jesús?
It’s unique, first, because our children are totally different than the children we are accustomed to seeing in other schools. Our children need a lot more understanding, a lot of love, and a lot of patience. It’s also unique because we have a lot of support from our co-workers who help us in whatever we need. They help us make our classes more dynamic and motivating classes where the students can learn more.
Is there anything else you would like to share for those interested in being a teacher at the Amigos de Jesús Bilingual School?
I can say that it is a great experience that allows us to get to know other customs, traditions, to meet and work alongside new people, not just from other countries but also from Honduras. It’s an experience that allows us to grow professionally and personally, to make a lot of really great memories. It’s an experience that you will remember all your life and that helps you as a person a lot.