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The end (of the school year) is nigh!

There are only 17 days left of school. I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. This month is probably going to be more hectic and ridiculous than all of the others combined. We have standardized tests, music … Continue reading

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National Park of American Samoa Field Trip

Last Tuesday, the whole school went on a field trip to the National Park. The Paka o Amerika Samoa encompasses nearly the whole island of Ta’u (technically, it includes the village of Faleasao, where I live and teach). The NPS … Continue reading

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This is (American) Samoa

After several frustratingly unsuccessful attempts to leave Ta’u, we finally made it to Tutuila on Sunday. We had a lovely two-day WorldTeach mid-service conference and now we are free to frolic about on the paved roads. Our first order of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in the South Pacific

Our Thanksgiving was a lot like it would’ve been at home, but with more beaches, sunshine, snorkeling, and puppies. (Okay so nothing like home.) It was strange being away from family, but we ended up having a great time with … Continue reading

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Talofa, Ta’u!

Hey e’rbody. We received our placements today! Unless something changes, Wes and I will be living on Ta’u. He’ll be teaching high school science and I’ll be teaching elementary everything (not just English–are you surprised?!?). I’m not sure which grade … Continue reading

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Only 27 days left!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Settlers tournament on Saturday! You guys helped us raise over $400 for our trip! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And Congratulations to the winners! 1st Place: Jon Elmer 2nd Place: Ward Bickford 3rd … Continue reading

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Things I learned in Haiti

Last night, after Wings, some friends and I started talking about Haiti. It’s been over a year since I got back, and in all that time I’ve never spoken as candidly about what I saw there as I did last … Continue reading

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