I had the pleasure of giving a charla (workshop) a few weeks ago with one of my counterparts to the new group of Peace Corps Trainees and their new counterparts they’d just met. The charla was about how we can work together as Native English Speaking Teachers (NESTS) and Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNESTS) to both be better teachers. Peace Corps LOVES acronyms…can you tell? haha!
At one point during the session, Ana Cecilia and I were to share our prepared remarks about what we’ve learned from each other these past two years and how working together has made us better teachers. We practiced and had it all planned out…..until we both broke down crying trying to share in front of close to 60 people. It was embarrassing. It was heart-warming.
I’m not ready to say goodbye yet…and that hit me hard in the middle of this session. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to get to work with amazing teachers like Ana Cecilia, and feel beyond honored to have her say that I have forever changed her teaching and her life for the better.