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Redemption Song

Journal #3: Alpha Boys School The last week of our trip, we had the wonderful experience of working with the Alpha schools teachers and students. Thinking back on the entire trip, I have uncovered so many of my own assumptions and have definitely changed my ideas on what it means to teach and why I […]

One Love

Journal #2: the Great Huts As soon as we began our journey to the Great Huts, I was taken aback by the beauty of Jamaica. We drove through the mountains and the trees, ocean, rocks, etc. were incredible. At the Great Huts, we really got to embrace the beauty of the nature, the ocean, sunrises, […]

Smile Jamaica

Journal #1: jewel Runaway Bay: Staying at the resort was wonderful. From the minute we arrived, we were given everything we desired. It was like living in royalty. The beach was beautiful, the trees were great, the rooms were wonderful, the pools and hot tubs were nice too. We heard music from the top 40 […]

The Final Chapter

As we fly over Jamaica, I can’t help but think that while I experienced and learned so much, I did not even scratch the surface. In my last blog post, I wrote about how beautiful the landscape of the countryside is but this past week I was able to learn that the true beauty lies […]

Daylight Come and Me No Wan’ Go Home

Kingston is gorgeous and I finally feel like I am in Jamaica, the real Jamaica.  I took a peaceful walk through Emancipation Park one late afternoon on one of the last days we were in Kingston.  I felt so much inner peace.  The places was well taken care of and the flowers and trees were […]

Alpha Primary, Kingston, Jamaica

My last week in Jamaica was a bit different than the past week had been. There were no more excursions planned and fancy dinners on the town (Okay, maybe a few dinners) but we were heading to Kingston to work in the Alpha Schools for the next five days. Before arriving in Kingston, I was […]

The Alpha Boys

I have an airplane pack of cookies and a small cup of watered down apple juice accompanying my iPad on my fold down airplane tray. As I look out the window trying to figure out how to sum up this past week, the small snowy fields below remind me that I’m not in Jamaica anymore.I […]

Daylight Come and Me No Wanna Go Home….

Last week was one of the best of my life. I am by no means a math teacher, but in the Alpha girls school I had the opportunity to become one. To be completely honest I was dreading teaching math concepts that I had been so far removed from in my own practice. However, once […]

A Difficult Goodbye

Alpha Primary School, grades 1-6 Kingston, Jamaica “Different” is the word of the week! I knew coming into the Jamaican school system that I would experience a little culture shock, but I was not prepared for what I was thrown into. Let me begin by saying that the students are absolutely phenomenal. When we first […]

Kingston- The Land of Opportunities

Preface: The journey to Kingston was long and terrifying as we drove  through the mountains, only stopping once at Strawberry Hill for the most fantastic brunch I have ever witnessed. The essence of Chris Blackwell welcomed us with opened arms as we stuffed our faces and explored the grounds. We were in awe of the […]