Get with it, Pam!

9/4/13

As expected I have not gotten to writing as much since school started. Of course the start of school was also the start of a small rise in the humidity levels. At 6:45 am, when I have to report for duty to watch students as they gather on the soccer pitch, I had sweat running down my back. Then I go inside to my refrigerated room.

I think I’ve estimated that I will see (by the end of Monday next week) about 800 students. I think I would be able to get all their names down within a month or so, except there are sometimes 3 students with the same name in a class and several more with the same name in other classes. Some of the most popular names are Abdullah, Salem, Faisel, Bandar, Reem, Haya, and Mohamed. I get my pronunciation corrected routinely. Haha

So on Friday, the lead teacher for Specials is having us all to her apartment for brunch. Then on Saturday I’m going to an orientation sponsored by the AWARE center.  (See previous post.) I’m going with Kelly and Gabe and I anticipate we’ll have a great time.

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Gabe and Kelly at Friday Market

All of us are so ready for the weekend. We’re all walking around exhausted from being on the go all the time before school started and then seeing students.  The first bus for school leaves at 5:15. Some of the people who drive leave at 5:00! I’ve been catching a ride with Gabe, who leased a car, and we leave at 6:00. It’s about a 20 minutes drive at 120km/hour. When we arrive to the walled and gated school, guards pull the first heavy steel gate open and motion us through. Then we have to stop while they walk around each vehicle (including the buses) with the mirrors on a pole so they can see under the vehicle before we can go through the 2nd gate and find a place to park.

My friend, Lucia, who shares my exact same birth date called tonight and I realize I miss seeing all the new teachers. Since school started, the middle school and high school teachers never cross paths with elementary. Lucia teaches middle school, so we decided we needed to make a plan to meet and spend a little time together. She is from Romania, but moved to Minnesota when she was about 18 and then moved to Arizona.  Almost everyone here has such interesting stories.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. adriannedawn
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 20:46:18

    This photo makes Gabe look like a giant! Teehee.

    Reply

  2. allaboardforadventure
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 12:48:24

    Well, he IS 6’8″, but the perspective does make him look even taller!

    Reply

  3. Natalie
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 21:40:43

    Your birthday twin is a friend of mine. Please tell Luci hello for me. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog. Wishing you both all the best!

    Reply

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