Read our executive director's perspective after his latest trip to Honduras to check out each BECA school, meet with the parents, and fit in a baleada or two.
On any given day I wear many hats: friend, student, disciplinarian, counselor, piggyback ride master, zombie, to name a few. Each one equally as integral to my role as a teacher (especially if you were to ask the recipients of the piggyback rides).
How did you find out about BECA? How did your friends and family react when you told them you were moving to Central America?
While I am finally settling into a routine here at Amigos de Jesus, it is safe to say no two days are the same! Whether we have an unexpected power outage, a tarantula hiding in our bookshelf, or a rogue cow on the loose, each day brings excitement and variety!
Teaching two grades ensures that my days are always different. These students have so much energy and life in them that it makes each day an adventure. Each day I go to school exhausted and wishing I was in my bed still and then I hear the first little voice yell, “MISS TAYLOR,” as they come running at me and I’m so happy to be at school.
How did you find out about BECA?
Growing up in Nebraska, the Christmas season is always cold….very cold! So, in Honduras, I usually forget that it is even December, let alone Christmastime. Yesterday it was 89 degrees—not very wintery! However, the families that we work with go above and beyond to make us feel loved during this season (and always).
After just a few months into my first year as the fourth grade teacher at Amigos de Jesus (ADJ), I knew I would be back for round two.
I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving as a day dedicated to gathering with family and friends and eating massive amounts of amazing food. Each year I value more and more the opportunity to come together and celebrate one another as well as the effort it takes from all parties to make this day a priority.
After spending two years in the classroom, I decided to fill a different role for my third year with BECA. As the Santa Monica administrator, I take care of a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that needs to get done so that teachers can focus on teaching their students, and not have to worry about what’s going on outside their classrooms.