This story was in a recent edition of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Insider
It was a kind of classroom that Heidi Phillips hadn’t seen before. There were no walls or ceilings. School ended at noon. Dogs roamed the classroom. If it rained, the room got wet. And teachers’ lessons were done by instinct.
Phillips, a second-grade teacher, was one of four Lake Wylie Elementary staff members who traveled to Bijagues, Guatemala, in July with Good Shepherd Church as part of an outreach trip. She traveled with Principal Brooke Hough, literacy facilitator Jennifer Mulherin and school counselor Andrea Heartman.
“We have a really strong partnership with Good Shepherd,” said Hough. “They do so many things for our students and families and we were looking for a way to give back.”
Hough and the rest of the Lake Wylie team went to Guatemala for a week to share some of their strategies for teaching literacy and math. Each CMS teacher was paired with a Bijagues teacher. Before they left for the trip, each teacher recorded a video for their partner and told their partners what they’d like to learn.