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I have been an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My M.Ed. and Ph.D. had a focus on the educational and linguistic experiences of children who moved from other countries to Canada.

Monday, May 11, 2015

School visits and first day of ESL teaching in Cap-Haitien, Haiti

What an amazing first day we have had in Cap! It's always great to come back here and this trip is no exception to that statement. It is particularly rewarding to be part of such a strong group ... a real tradition for the Laurier team!

Our morning was spent touring three schools including College Regina Assumpta with which we have had a strong relationship for a number of years (picture below of primary students at Regina):

We also visited the Nutrition Centre, a Haitian NGO that Laurier has supported through the donation of some laptops. Pictured below is the nurse who is on staff; she is entering information about children's development stages into an Excel file.

In the afternoon, the Laurier Enactus students learned more about the micro-credit program at the Nutrition Centre and started planning for their support of this project. The Laurier Education students started their ESL program at College Susan Shenky. I was so proud of our students as they quickly engaged the senior high school students in conversational English. Everyone left the classes eagerly anticipating tomorrow's classes!

There are a lot of exciting things planned for the days ahead ... support of English language teachers, professional development in math/science for teachers,  a social media project with university students, meetings with senior high school students to talk about future plans, more conversational English classes, micro-credit development, and a trip to the Citadelle!

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