Glenwood Springs an eye-opener
Norma Acero is a Fulbright exchange teacher at Glenwood Springs Elementary. The GSPI invited her to write a column about her experiences there. The following is what she’d like to share with our readers. By Norma AceroSpecial to the Post Independent”The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”- Herbert Spencer Spencer couldn’t express this is in a more appropriate way, in my case. On Aug. 2, 2004, I landed in Washington with many expectations and fears. I had two huge black bags full of dreams, of the certainty my previous experiences would give me, and the uncertainty my lack of experience in many other fields would also give me. But I always held a positive thought in my mind: “This will be the time of my life … I just know it!” A week later, I landed again – this time in Glenwood Springs. As the days passed, a whole new world was magically opened before my eyes. There are no limits for us teachers when we let our students guide us and discover how much we can transform their lives. Working at Glenwood Springs Elementary School with kindergarten and first grade couldn’t make me more aware of that. Every day, every single minute students spend in school is a gain (or a loss if things are not well done). At GSES there’s always a desire to learn from one another as teachers. There’s always a passion, always a sense of community and support, always respect for whom we work: our students.Sharing my days with my kindergarteners and first-graders has become the most joyful and brightest time of each one of my days here. They teach me the highest treasure for a teacher should be his or her capacity to adapt. And that has become my main achievement. My challenge now is to pass this message to as many people as I can. I believe I couldn’t have had a richer soil than this to bring to life my dreams as a teacher and as any regular human being who wants to grow. That soil is my colleagues and administrators’ commitment, brains, hearts, experience and common sense into the education of a challenging community community – made up of Latinos and Anglos.I don’t know if my colleagues have realized, running through their daily teacher rushes, how important what they’re doing is. They help achieve a better sense of equality in the world through every single action to make clear to all parents that education is the greatest legacy they can leave to their kids.That is why I’d like to take this opportunity to let them know it, to thank them for all they’ve given me. For all they’ve given to a group of kids somehow I feel identified with. For all I’ve learned from them. And for this experience that wouldn’t have been the same without them. I’d like to thank as well my school in Bogota, Gimnasio El Cedro, since they’ve grown all these years the seeds that made me use wisely the knowledge and experience I’ve acquired from them to be living now every day at GSES as if it was the last one – which is not hard at all!
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