By AUTUMN TOENNIS/Montana State News
Cecilia Stanley is quiet with a wise smile on her face amid the chaos of the 24 first- and second-graders she teaches at Sacred Heart School.
“I’m so grateful that I came from a family that reads, draws, appreciates simple beauty, story tells, has a simple but strong faith and laughs a lot,” she said. “I feel that I should help in my own little way to pass on some of these attributes by teaching them. Maybe some of my students will have better lives by being more imaginative and comfortable with themselves.”
There are millions of teachers in the United States today, from those who’ve taught since before the plague, to those who are stepping out fresh from their Alma Mater, ready to change the world. Some teach in one-room schools in rural communities, some lecture at prestigious universities, and some take on the impossible nature of the phenomenon known as the teenager.
“What I most enjoy about the job is the successes of the kids, whether those successes are within the classroom or out in the real world that follows graduation,” says Roberta Horton, a high school English teacher at CCDHS in Miles City, Mont. She is in her 44th year of teaching. “I enjoy watching them hone their skills.”
There’s no end to the different kinds of education offered. Some teach skills at summer camps, and some teach fancy footwork in ballrooms. And then there are those who go the distance – literally.
Approximately 10,000 miles from Bozeman lies Phortse, a village in the rural Khumbu area of Nepal. Tucked away in the Himalayas, the village is home to the Khumbu Climbing Center once a month every year to bring another sort of learning to life. Continue reading “Teaching taken to new ‘heights’ in Nepal”