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Friday Foto Flashback: Dec. 2003. Rio de Janeiro

I like fun, new categories to play around with so I’m gonna give it a try.  Some foto’s will be recent flashbacks…. and some not so recent!  Here’s one from my teaching days, back at ICS Rio.  This was the night of our School Christmas Program, me with my 5th graders.  (Who are now Juniors/Seniors!!!) Fun times 🙂


If you haven’t heard yet, I’ve started learning Arabic this past week.  I am now able to write all the letters (all millions of them) and we are starting to form words and sentences now.  I honestly thought Hebrew was difficult, but it seems to be a piece of cake compared to this crazy language.  The beauty of it though, is that they have many similarities, and knowing Hebrew first has helped me tremendously.

Anyways, today at Food Distribution, our little translator came to help out so I was showing her my Arabic workbook and what I was learning.  It was then that I discovered she does not know how to read or write in Arabic, only Hebrew.

Arabic is her mother tongue… her first language…. the one she speaks with her family; YET, she does not know how to read or write.  She reads/writes only Hebrew. And this is true for many of the Sudanese we work with.

It made me think.

Therefore, I decided that a part of the after school program at the youth center will be dedicated to teach these kids how to read and write their own language.

Imagine a foreign American… teaching written Arabic to kids who speak it fluently… in a country that none of us belong to… in Hebrew.

Now if that isn’t just crazy awesome, then I don’t know what is!!!

The Teacher becomes The Student

Once upon a time, in a life long, long ago….I was The Teacher.  I have my degree in Elem. Education, and I taught for 6 years.  I enjoyed teaching… as with any job it had its highs and lows; but there are many days when I truly miss being in the classroom again.  

Now, my life has come full circle and I am The Student (again).  Long story short (if you don’t follow along daily and aren’t up to speed with my visa situations) I am beginning my Masters in Middle Eastern Studies, here in Tel Aviv.  Sometimes I don’t know if I’m up for the task.  After all…… 

I am on the wrong side of the desk….

I will be writing papers instead of grading them….

I am reading books, and not assigning them….

I am taking tests, not administrating them….

And I keep telling myself,God’s ways are bigger than my ways; its all for the greater good!    


So, I was feeling nostalgic today and decided to post a bunch of pictures from my teaching days in Brazil on facebook.  I cannot tell you how many times I have been told that I look more like a student than the teacher….

class-silly… Ok, maybe this was a bad example for a picture (with me goofing off with everyone else: bottom right hand corner), but there’s no law against making teaching fun!  Ahhhhh, this is when I miss teaching!

Props to my daddy

Last night I went to my dad’s class as an observer (not an evaluator).  He is teaching a Religions of the World class at the Bible School our church has.  Incidently, the topic of the night was Judaism, which was a nice tie-in to my leaving for Israel. Anyways, I was able to see him in action as a teacher… after all this time, I had never heard him teach before.  

Even though the class was only an hour, there were some good discussions and thought provoking questions raised.  I enjoyed seeing my dad in action, in his ‘element’.  I had been told by some of his students that he was a great teacher, and now I saw it for myself.  Good job dad!  Props to you!!!


This morning I took Micheal to his Middle School orientation; he starts 6th grade this year.  Being back in the school, getting his schedule, meeting teachers, and touring classrooms makes me really miss teaching. Middle school is definately my favorite level to teach and being in the atmosphere makes me miss it even more.  


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