Teaching Like its Summer Camp

It occurred to me earlier this week that perhaps the reason I’ve been so tired this school year is not my class load, but the fact that I am teaching like its summer camp. Those of you who have ever been summer camp counselors know what I mean: the enthusiasm, energy, creativity, passion, and giving…

The Fifth First Week of School

Confused yet? I think I might be. Its a good thing this is my fifth year teaching. My schedule this year is 100% insane. Of course, I often enjoy what others deem insane, but this is crazy even for me. At HOPAC, primary (elementary), middle, and senior (high) school is all on one campus, but…

Summer!

Summer has always been my favorite time of the year…. even way back when Mom was still making us do school during the summer so we wouldn’t forget everything by the next school year. This year has been no different. Even though I live in the land of eternal summer (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), coming…

Brand New Prayer Cards!!!

I’m sending out brand new prayer cards this evening… if you would like one, please send me an e-mail or Facebook message with your mailing address!

HOPAC: More than just a school

Over the past few months, as I was making my decision to renew my contract at HOPAC, it became increasingly obvious to me how special HOPAC is. HOPAC is far more than just a school, even more than just an international Christian school. The impact that HOPAC has on the community, both directly and indirectly,…

SEW Week 2015

Possibly my favorite week of the HOPAC school year is the annual Service Emphasis Week (SEW). In the past, teams of secondary students have traveled across Tanzania to serve alongside existing NGO’s and missionary organizations. This year, two things changed: the primary students got involved with SEW, and the projects were centralized in Dar es…

Exciting News….

It is the rainy season here, and the lyrics to “My Lighthouse” by Rend Collective (if you’re not familiar with it, look it up—its one of my soul songs!) seem more and more poignant each day. Just this afternoon as I walking from the bus stop to a youth ministry meeting with church, the skies…

Back to Tenth Grade: HOPAC-style

I went back to tenth grade today. In an attempt to understand what it is like for students at HOPAC and to improve my teaching, I shadowed the tenth grade class for the entire day. As a homeschool graduate, the experience was entirely new for me. The morning started with homeroom, which contained the typical…

Celebrating Little Victories

Besides being International Day, Friday was also a day for great celebration. Just before the (incredibly awesome and fun) Black Out Young Life club, one of my students came over and told me that he had gotten the approval to go to the Moshi Sports Tournament in two weeks. I couldn’t even contain my excitement….