A Day at the William Botnan School: Local Teachers

Written by Lucía Dávila, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Classes
start at 7:30 each day, and the teachers of the William Botnan School arrive
early to meet in the principal’s office on the second floor. They greet each
other, discuss the day’s planned activities, and finish with a prayer before
heading out to welcome their students.

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Once the teachers have arrived to their classrooms, they warmly greet their students, say a prayer, and then they have a sing-along.

They start the day with the attendance list and making sure their students brush their teeth. 

They spend the rest of the day not only teaching but also becoming an example to their community and a fundamental part of Santa Avelina’s development process

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During
recess at 10:00 a.m., they all gather together to have a snack outside the
school.

At
12:30 p.m., some of them return home to eat lunch, while others who live
farther bring their own lunch to the school.

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After
school at 4:00 p.m. the female teachers walk home to do chores and cook dinner.
They also visit family members and spend time with their own children.

Sharing
afternoons with their children is very important because they haven’t seen each
other since early in the morning.

If a
student doesn’t show up to school, the teacher will visit him/her later that
day to make sure everything is OK.

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The
male teachers usually go out to work in their fields after the school day.

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Every
Friday, they have a teachers’ meeting at 2:00 p.m. 

They
also have workshops among themselves about math, grammar, reading, and computer
lab every 15 days.

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