Welcome Class of 2014!
It’s been a bit of journey to get here (the anticipation, the back and forth e-mails, the waiting!) but now the real journey begins for the new class of 2014! BCF is happy to announce eighteen new wonderful teachers along with six renewals who will be heading to Bhutan in January!
That brings a total of 24 teachers who will bring their “A-game” to teach their awaiting Bhutanese students skills in mathematics, chemistry, English, geography and other valuable life lessons. This year our teachers will be placed across ten different dzongkhags (districts): Mongar, Wangdue, Bumthang, Trashigang, Zhemgang, Pemagatshel, Lhuentse, Punakha, Trashiyangtse, and Trongsa.
Just as in previous years, we have teachers coming from a variety of nationalities and of various professional backgrounds—all of whom are ready and prepared to take on the challenges and amazing experiences that Bhutan has to offer!
Over the next few weeks we will be posting each of our teacher’s profile! For today we are pleased to introduce:
Kezia is a native of Hayden, Colorado of the United States, a small farming and agricultural community just west of the great Rocky Mountains, where she grew up surrounded by goats, chickens, donkeys, cats, dogs, wheat fields, sage brush and chokecherries. She spent her time learning classical and jazz piano, playing basketball and reading of faraway places.
After studying music therapy, philosophy and sociology, Kezia naturally gravitated towards education and worked full-time as a special education teacher in both Colorado and Arizona. While she has worked with a wide – range of student populations, her three years working with a very diverse group of at-risk high school students, who included many Navajo and Apache Native American youth, has been her greatest challenge and greatest joy thus far in her professional career, solidifying her pure passion for service-learning and reciprocal pedagogy.
After 10 years in public education, she decided it was time for a new kind of adventure, and began working for an international travel organization, leading week-long hiking and biking tours. Kezia has recently returned to her roots in Northwest Colorado where she has had the pleasure of reconnecting and meeting new people who share her desire and effort to create environmental and economic sustainability, working with both small businesses and local non-profits to not only implement local-food production practices, but also provide alternative educational opportunities therein.
We are so happy to have Kezia joining BCF!