The Brindle Foundation is a small foundation that began in 2002. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Brindle Foundation does a great deal to support Early Childhood. Part of their support has been to aid Early Childhood educators receive good education.
Here are some facts. A level I teacher in New Mexico begins at $34,000 or $36,000 a year. According to Early Childhood Teacher, the average kindergarten teacher in New Mexico earns $48,540 a year, while an average Early Childhood teacher earns $26,590. So, asking a teacher to invest 10% of his or her income for continuing education is a difficult task. The Brindle Foundation gratefully offered to sponsor a number of Early Childhood and Pre-K teachers for the second year in a row, making it possible for them to receive excellent continuing education with us in Oaxaca. Thank you, Brindle Foundation!
Even though Ciudad Juarez is just a few hundred yards from El Paso, it is unmistakably in another country. There is a wall, for one thing.
This part reads "We are not illegals, we are workers, we are not criminals."
Also, the supermarkets have aisles full of boxes of milk.
And, finally, Noah's grandparents live just a few blocks from an amusement park, and he feels right at home there conducting business!
Santa Fe Partners in Education is an organization that helps teachers in many ways. They reimburse tuition for teachers who continue their education, they give teacher grants for teachers that have innovative projects but no way of funding them, they pay for school busses for field trips, and they honor a number of Teachers Who Inspire every spring.
I approached Santa Fe Partners in Education in late January about the possibility of them providing a sponsorship for the LISTO Program, and they were very happy to meet. Ruthanne Greeley, the Executive Director of Santa Fe Partners in Education, and I sat down over coffee one day during my prep period and she was excited to be able to provide a $1000 tuition assistance so that the LISTO Program could continue.
Here it is, almost six months later, and I leave for Mexico tomorrow! The fourteen educators who signed up for LISTO will be soon to follow. Thank you Santa Fe Partners in Education for helping us get there!
After many hours recruiting participants, meeting with potential sponsors, holding meetings, communicating with people in Mexico, we are on the final countdown! We have 14 participants this year, five more than last! There are early childhood specialists, secondary education teachers, administrators, support personnel, artists and even a retired attorney! I will fly out on Friday and so I'm putting the finishing touches on program planning, packing for warm, humid weather, and making sure all the logistics on this end are taken care of. Our four year old son last night said, "I can't wait to have licuados!" Here's a shot of him last year doing exactly that one morning.