My last few days in beautiful Georgia were bittersweet. Joe and I got to do a fun project with Lela's 8th graders, where we really felt like we got to know them as individuals. They were told to bring in an object of importance to them, and then we had them write about the object and some of their other favorite things, in both Georgian and English. Then, the brave ones got up in front of the class and allowed us to film them giving their presentations! I posted some of these videos on our Global Flipgrid for the students back in the states to watch (because kids all over the world do have a lot in common!) We really got to bond with the students on our last day in Akhaltsikhe, something I will forever cherish.
|Love these students!|
We ended the afternoon watching a traditional Georgian dance performance put on just for us! I admit I cried a little seeing the talent and passion of the dancers in their beautiful costumes.
It was sad to say goodbye to the students of Akhaltsikhe Public School #5, and even more sad to say goodbye to our lovely and generous host teacher, Lela. We learned so much from her, and I can honestly say, she is now one of my greatest role models. Lela has taught me that one does not need an abundance of resources to be a caring, creative and top notch educator. She has also taught me that a woman CAN successfully balance it all; a profession, a family, additional jobs and educational opportunities to better oneself personally and professionally, and a positive outlook on life and the future of one's country. I left Akhaltsikhe a different, and better person, thanks to Lela and her students.
|Joe, Lela and school administrators on our last day|
Goodbye for now, Georgia! I will be back with my own children to introduce them to their new Georgian family!