Tension During the “5th Grade Entrance Exam” - Miss Bethany
Read an interview with Elisa, the mother of a student at Amigos de Jesus, to hear her thoughts on her child's progress, her hopes for the future, and why she chose BECA for Marlon's education. Scroll down for a Spanish version!
Before we became teachers with BECA at Amigos de Jesus, we were both pre-med students at the University of Rochester. It was there where we were first introduced to Students Helping Honduras (SHH), a non-profit organization with a mission to build one thousand schools across Honduras.
“Miss, are you going to come to the stadium on Friday?”
“Yes, we are all going. It is going to be so much fun!”
“Aw man.” *Pounds fist on desk.*
“Oh, you don’t want me to go?”
“No because you are always telling us what to do.”
Each year, some members of the BECA team decide to stay for a second (or third or fourth) year. While the kids and the school are the same, the experience of a returner is really different after they have a year of teaching experience behind them.
It has been a year and a half since I last left Honduras, dirty, exhausted, and so incredibly grateful. A lot in my life has changed since then. I no longer pick ants out of my drinking water. I no longer sit at night and watch the sun set over the dazzling mountains at the Guatemalan border.
As a very eager, soon to be senior in college, I was desperate to make my summer of 2015 a defining one. I had an exciting internship lined up in Boston, but with an unexpected turn of events, I came across BECA and took a leap of faith to instead spend part of my summer teaching in Cofradia, Honduras.
Bounce…. bounce… bounce… goes the soccer ball against the wall during recess, the tennis ball between 5th and 6th grade as they play some version of racquet ball minus the racquets, and Miss Jenna as she goes from Kinder to 2nd, to 1st, then to 3rd, then to Prepa, plus lunch, and lastly to 4th all in a day.
Sunday afternoons in Cofradía are usually spent planning, cleaning, and attempting to relax before the long school week ahead. This past Sunday, however, San Jeronimo Bilingual School had something a little different planned.
Stephanie Fore, Fourth Grade Teacher at Amigos de Jesus (ADJ), not only teaches at BECA’s newest school, but also the newest and oldest grade there! Read on to find out more about her funniest students, encounters with Honduran wildlife, and her favorite parts of ADJ.
Describe your typical weekend.