Ugandan Teacher Spends Month at Rock Bridge High School

4 years 3 months 4 weeks ago January 24, 2013 Jan 24, 2013 Thursday, January 24 2013 Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:58:00 PM CST in News
By: Emily Spain
loading

COLUMBIA -For the month of January, Ugandan teacher Jacque Adong is spending her time miles from home in Columbia to learn from teachers at Rock Bridge High school. This teacher made the journey from the war-torn country to see what education is like in America.

"The best part was seeing the school because the school is so lovely," Adong said.

She's partnered up with Rock Bridge English teacher Katie Glover, who's been with the school for eight years.

"It's been a good experience for both of us to just understand how things work with the African cultural background and then also like my perspective because we integrate here and that's different," Glover said.

The Invisible Children organization set up Adong's adventure across the Atlantic.

"I'm grateful, just grateful for Invisible Children," she said.

The organization works to expose the actions of the Lord's Resistance Army or LRA and its leader Joseph Kony. The LRA and Kony are known around the world for killing civilians and abducting children - turning them into soldiers. Invisible Children also provides scholarships for kids impacted by the conflict to attend school near home.

"Many of the children in my school, majority of the North, we are involved in the war, so many of their parents are dead," Adong said.

She hopes to return a better teacher for the children so hurt by struggle.

"It improves my teaching skills because this is the second time I've been in a foreign place to really see how teachers handle their classes," she said.

So, why Rock Bridge? Another high school teacher can answer that question. Rock Bridge teacher Katherine Sasser spent a summer with her husband Pat in northern Uganda two years ago doing exactly what Adong is doing here.

"I think that first and foremost that summer reinvigorated my passion for teaching," Sasser said. "It opened our eyes to sustainable helping and the importance of education."

During her time in Uganda, the students tested Sasser beyond the so-called "crises" she sees here at home.

"You know it ranged from students who were abducted themselves and were returning, to students who lost family members, brothers, sisters. Literally everyone I encountered had been impacted in one way," she said.

It's an education hurdle Adong still finds herself trying to help her students get over.

"Some of them are traumatized," Adong said. "You have to have a line."

Despite a contrast in cultures and the impact of ongoing conflict, Adong has found some common denominators in the classroom.

"This class is almost like my class...First, I think some of them are ready to learn and some are not, just like in our places," she said.

While Adong's in this place, she's not the only one gaining from her trip.

"I think that anytime you have a chance to access to diverse perspectives you have an opportunity to grow," Sasser said.

"Talk to my class, tell them about my journey," Adong said.

When the exchange draws to a close at the end of the month, these educators hope lessons learned last a lifetime and relationships reach across the distance.

"I'm learning a lot," Adong said. "[Glover's] so passionate about teaching and she really knows what she's doing, yeah I like her."

Rock Bridge's student group East Africa Coalition plans to fundraise money to pay for Adong's trip.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - After President Trump's executive order that put a temporary hold on people from certain countries entering the United... More >>
1 hour ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:52:00 PM CDT in Target 8
ST. CHARLES - The second day of a trial in the death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava centered around... More >>
1 hour ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri System Board of Curators voted Tuesday afternoon to increase tuition at all four UM... More >>
3 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:33:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University was expected to announce its interim president on Thursday. The university's board of curators... More >>
4 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - As lawmakers met in special session Tuesday, Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at a rally of Missourians wanting... More >>
4 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:18:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Family and friends of Cameron Scott Caruthers spoke to KOMU 8 News over the telephone Tuesday afternoon. ... More >>
5 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools sent home a letter to parents Tuesday addressing rumors about possible threats. CPS Superintendent... More >>
6 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A restaurant was closed Tuesday after crews found high levels of natural gas. Columbia fire crews responded... More >>
6 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:38:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Dashcam video shows that a University of Missouri-Kansas City student seemed confused when she was stopped... More >>
7 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The man shot Monday on Dawn Ridge Road has died and robbery does not appear to be a... More >>
7 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:25:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman has pleaded guilty to murder and armed criminal action in the death of a man... More >>
8 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:03:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Central Missouri Humane Society has brought in over 200 animals so far this year and is looking... More >>
9 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton plans to retire at the end of the next... More >>
10 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:08:28 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Alexander Cartwright, a provost at State University of New York, will be named the next chancellor at Mizzou,... More >>
10 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:44:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House members are set to begin considering legislation as part of a special session called... More >>
11 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:41:31 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri System is set to hire the provost and executive vice chancellor at the... More >>
11 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:41:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A scam targeting veterans has cost victims about $23 million in less than two years, according to a... More >>
12 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:10:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Boone County voters may decide whether to make a road and bridge tax permanent. Boone County Presiding... More >>
12 hours ago May 23, 2017 May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:44:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 54°
11pm 55°
12am 54°
1am 53°
2am 52°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37a
Last Call with Carson Daly
11:00p
Rules of Engagement
11:30p
Rules of Engagement
12:00a
Raising Hope

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Great News
7:30p
Great News
8:00p
The Voice
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
iZombie
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld