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Little Ripples Teacher Training Day #2

The teacher training began on Tuesday, and it has been awesome!!!

The first day of training was like pulling teeth!!  The teachers seemed so shy and nervous!!!  I knew that I would get them out of that (because that’s what I do best) but it was harder than I thought.  By today, they were speaking up, chatting with each other (side bar conversations, one sure sign of comfort) and laughing and smiling more. We talked about math activities with young children and how patterns and sorting materials is a pre-math activity.  Then I demonstrated by sorting legos by different colors and then sizes.  Then we did patterns.  I demonstrated by using colors, red, green, red, green, red, green.  I then asked the teachers what would come next, and they said red (well, most said red).  Then I asked them to get into pairs, using legos, and make a pattern.  Some pairs did it right away.  Others had trouble.  I wish that I could spend more time with them.  I also wish that there was a Holiday Inn in Kou Kou.  Ha!!!

There was a time in the US when the best and brightest of womenkind had one of two career choices.  Nurse or teacher.  When more careers opened up to women, there was a brain drain in our field.  The best and brightest, who could only be teachers in the past, were becoming doctors, lawyers, and nuclear physicists.  Not to say that the teaching profession still doesn’t have some of the best and brightest (like me…ROFL).

I feel as if the teachers in our program are the best and brightest women in the camp.  They are all young women, from 17 to 21, (and one senior who is 26), who are eager to learn, teach and support the children of their community.  They represent 7 different tribes, some of them are Fur, Zaghawa, Masalit, Sharafa, Rizeigat and Taisha.  They are motivated to do the best job that they can, and all believe that education is the key to their future, and the future of their community!


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Jocelyn has been in the Early Care and Education field for over 45 years. Her first “job” was as an assistant in her mother’s Family Child Care program. Her professional career began over 15 years ago as a teacher’s aide in an infant care center and prior to her current position, served as the Director of Program Operations of a Head Start Program that served over 800 children and families. In between, she has held such positions as pre-school teacher, teacher trainer, workshop facilitator, program specialist, CARES Advocate, parent educator, and college instructor.


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