Invisible Children 2013 Reciprocal Teacher Exchange
Join us in raising support for Ugandan teachers and Head Teachers to embark on a dynamic personal and professional journey to collaborate with teachers from the U.S.
Invisible Children's Reciprocal Teacher Exchange, now in its fourth year, provides Ugandan teachers with the opportunity to spend 4 weeks in the United States partner teaching in a North American classroom.
The Reciprocal Teacher Exchange has proven to make a remarkably formative impact on all of the Ugandan and North American students, teachers, principals and head teachers who take part in the program.
We are thrilled that you've endeavored to help us raise the funds we need to host our Ugandan colleagues now and in the future. Take a moment to check out the short biographies on the Ugandan teacher participants below. For more information on the Teacher Exchange program, please visit http://invisiblechildren.com/program/teacher-exchange-program/.
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The Invisible Children Teacher Exchange Team
Opiyo Samuel teaches chemistry, mathematics and computer studies at Anaka SS. Teaching since 2005, Samuel enjoys his job because of the difference he can make in the lives of students. The Reciprocal Teacher Exchange will be Samuel’s first time abroad. “It’s an adventure! I expect to learn new things.” Along with more insight into a different education system, Samuel hopes to build his teaching skills, especially in computer studies.
Opiyo Samuel will be teaching in Cleveland, Tenessee at Bradley Central High School.
Adong Jacqueline is a teacher at Gulu SS. She has been teaching for the past 12 years, mostly in Kampala, but also for a brief time at an international school in Khartoum. “I love traveling because you meet people, see new places, and get to learn new things,” she says. Jacqueline teaches English, and it’s a subject she obviously loves. “I started reading at an early age, so I got the interest,” she speaks with conviction. “The subject pulls me.”
Adong Jacqueline will be teaching in Columbia, Missouri at Rockbridge High School.
Acan Harriet, an English teacher at Keyo SS, has been teaching for the past 6 years. Her favorite part of teaching is giving students a chance to work together in small groups. She moves around to each group to work directly with her students, instilling confidence in them as she asks them to present their ideas in front of their peers. In preparation for coming to the US, Harriet has been spending some quality time in the computer lab. She taught herself to use Power Point so that she will be able to share presentations about her experiences in Uganda.
Acan Harriet will be teaching in Columbia, South Carolina at Ridge View High School.
Ayella Florence Oroma
Ayella Florence Oroma is the kind of teacher students remember their entire lives. Teaching for over 20 years, she is seeing a shift in teaching from being teacher-focused to being student-focused. As an English and literature teacher, she prefers to make her classes as interactive as possible, helping students learn how to express themselves better. Her focus is on the learners in her classroom, on getting to know them and understand their background. Florence has participated in the Teacher Exchange in Uganda in the past, team-teaching alongside a North American educator. “You discover a lot from your partner,” Florence observes. “Identify your strengths and your weaknesses, then later build on your strengths and leave the weaknesses behind.”
Ayella Florence Oroma will be teaching in Denver, Colorado at Powell Middle School.
“It’s great to see students who start with lots of problems improving,” Drago Patrick, a mathematics and geography teacher at Gulu High School says. Through the Teacher Exchange in the past, Patrick says that he has learned to be more patient with his students. “It has changed my relationship with students,” he says. “I’ve learned to put myself in the students’ situation.” Patrick has been through enough challenges in his lifetime to give him the ability to identify with students from difficult backgrounds. Growing up in West Nile, he was forced to move to what was then Zaire because of war. Despite interruptions, he completed his studies and began teaching in 1993.
Drago Patrick will be teaching in Aspen, Colorado at Aspen High School.
Alice Ataro has been teaching for more than ten years. Currently, she works at Lacor SS teaching geography and history. She remembers growing up in northern Uganda when the LRA was still actively abducting children. Traveling home to her village in Atiak during school breaks was impossible because it was unsafe. Growing up in a poor family, Alice was the second youngest of 6 siblings. As a child she remembers being very quiet and reserved, something that has changed over the years. “Now I am comfortable and enjoy meeting people and talking,” she says. She is also comfortable relating to students on their level. During a physical education class, she is quick to join in the fun for a game of jump rope.
Alice Ataro will be teaching in Keystone Heights, Florida at Keystone Heights Junior and Senior High School.