Notes from the Field: The View from My Room


Josh Elder, 2010 Teach with Africa fellow, is a 7th and 8th grade teacher of Life Sciences at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School.

This picture is taken from one of the classrooms I teach in here at LEAP. Can you imagine being able to teach and look out of your window and see this view of Table Mountain every day?

Thank you LEAP for opening your doors to me and making us feel at home.

From the very first day you told us we were not visitors, and from that day I have felt like a teacher here. I feel like this is my school, my home, my learners, and my friends and family.

Every day I stand in front of my Grade 10’s I get this feeling that I cannot explain.

I look forward to teaching them and hearing their questions and listening to their logic on why they think an answer is correct or incorrect. The LEAP staff has been so compassionate and trusting to allow me to come into a science department and teach and have a space that I can bounce my ideas and get input and feedback.

I have been allowed to get their ideas and pick their brain to help me grow and become a better teacher.

Thank you.

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