“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles William Eliot
In 2004, Maxwell was one of my English students. He is on the left in the front row of this photo. Throughout the years, I have continued to watch these young men grow and thrive.
Sergio, ( the one with the devil horns) is the manager of the Corner House Cafe. Smiling Luis, behind Sergio, is a very talented classical guitarist. Luis, ( front right) speaks very good English, works in our local grocery store and leads tours.
I am so proud of all of my students for they have beat the odds and are very successful in their chosen careers. When I was looking for a librarian to teach in our new La Paloma Elementary School, I encountered a serendipitous moment. Maxwell had returned to Ometepe Island to finish his degree in English. He spent three years in Managua on a full scholarship, but had to return to the island for medical reasons.
I hired him to work in our new library part-time and he has proven to be a natural teacher.
Maxwell is motivated to learn new teaching methods. We developed a schedule for the library to meet the needs of the teachers. They requested an open reading time in the library and a time for tutoring small groups in reading and writing.
Maxwell asked the third grade class what book they would be interested in reading. It was no surprise to us that they chose a book about sharks. Then, they reviewed the facts they learned about sharks and wrote a story about them.
I am thrilled to introduce Maxwell to the world of teaching. He’s a natural and I know he will be an asset to our new library program. I just want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who donated books, supplies, and materials for our new elementary library. We’re on our way to establishing a culture of reading in our little elementary library…thanks to your generous support!
By the way…I still have big plans for our library. I’m looking for gently used e-readers and plan on adding a document reader and a projector in the library. We’re going high-tech! lol