Haley Johnson

Haley (SMBS 6th Grade) graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in December 2014 with a dual degree in Political Science and International Affairs. During her time at UNR, Haley was an Assistant Director for the Department of Legislative Affairs, she participated in the Model UN Conference in the spring of 2014 with an award winning team representing the country of Rwanda, and she interned in the office of Senator Greg Brower at the Nevada State Legislature in 2013. Following graduation, she worked full time at the Legislature during the 78ty Legislative Session.

Haley has a passion for service and in the future wants to focus on alleviating international human rights issues and the effects of political violence and corruption. Before pursuing a graduate degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Haley knew that she wanted to spend time abroad and when she found BECA, she fell in love. Haley is excited and feels very privileged to be a part of the BECA team this year, she hopes that her time in Honduras will further develop her understanding of the importance of education and international relations.

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016, 6:19 pm EST

“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.”

This is the conversation I had with Marvin, a very smart, very cool 5th grader, just a few days before Santa Monica’s first ever Dia Deportivo. All of the 5th graders at SMBS can attest to the fact that I run a tight ship in the classroom and hold all of them to sky high expectations. Naturally, Marvin was afraid that there was absolutely no fun to be had when we all arrived at the stadium in Cofradía on Friday morning.

When the special day was upon us teachers, students, families, and friends all came together for a day filled with foot races, soccer games, great food, amazing company, and of course, a ton of fun. Now after talking with Marvin, I decided to try my best to step out of my role as teacher and disciplinary or rather step back and not let my want to control everything get in the way of simply enjoying the day. Marvin reminded me that they’re all just kids and they definitely deserve to have fun!

We ran around all day with smiles on our faces until we could not run anymore. Dia Deportivo was altogether an awesome day and a total success. One of the beauties of life is being able to be a part of growth and special moments in the lives of others. It has been a privilege to experience not only the growth in the students' lives but the growth in my own life and to share so many special moments such as Dia Deportivo with all of these amazing kids.

Check out pictures from Dia Deportivo here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153590671056461.1073741858.4...