Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Gill’

Bukit Bintang: The “Star Hill” Section of Kuala Lumpur (February 2014)

June 30, 2014

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You have to visit Bukit Bintang at night.  It’s a busy hot-spot full of locals and visitors bustling between good restaurants and great shops.  This is where the night life is!  So the group took advantage of the weekend to visit the famous Pavillion Mall, still decorated for Chinese New Year.

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Amazing Pavilion Mall

 

We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!


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P. Ramlee Street is named after a famous Malaysian actor, singer, and director whose movies put Malaysia (and Malaya, its former name) on the map.  There’s always so much going on in Jalan P. Ramlee!  But to get to that section, we had to take the crowded monorail. Watching Chase squeeze his 6’6″ frame into the monorail started us all smiling, and we soon had the whole car giggling with us.  But Chase, as usual, took it in stride.

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No matter where we go, we always seem to end up at the Petronas Towers. At the top of this photo, you can see the famous towers, always a beautiful beacon for everyone in KL.

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Meet the 2014 Student Teachers

March 9, 2014

Teaching is what the student teachers came here to do, and they were eager to get into the routine of teaching.  They seemed to settle in fast, thanks to the support of their cooperating teachers and the enthusiasm of their students, who were very excited to have American teachers.  Take a few moments to get acquainted with this group, the 3rd cohort of Wilkes University student teachers in Malaysia:

1.  Amanda Bast is seeking certification in Pre-K through Grade 4, Early Childhood, and Special Education.  Under the tutelage of Miss Jeaniene Ganisan, Miss Amanda is teaching Mathematics, Moral Education, Physical Education, Art, English, and English Oral to some very lively and lovable second graders.  Meet Miss Amanda:

Miss Amanda by the board with Miss Jeaniene in blue

Miss Amanda by the board with Miss Jeaniene in blue

Miss Amanda with the children of Standard 2.

Miss Amanda with the children of Standard 2.

2. Paige Trusty is near completion of her degree in Mathematics, with a secondary teaching certificate enabling her to teach Mathematics to students in grades 7-12 (Form 1-O/A Levels). Her cooperating teacher is Mr.  Casey Dhevan.  Meet Miss Paige:

Paige Trusty with the students of Form 4B (Sophomores)

Paige Trusty with the students of Form 4B (Sophomores)

Miss Paige gives plenty of real-life examples.

Miss Paige gives plenty of real-life examples to help her students wrap their minds around linear graphing.

3. Chase English (all 6’6″ of him) will soon be certified in Pre-K through Grade 4.  He has established a wonderful rapport with students and staff alike!  His cooperating teacher is Mr. Alfred Sy, who has welcomed Mr Chase as an equal partner.  Meet Mr. Chase

Mr Chase at the new Jungle Jim for the Kindies.

Mr. Chase at the new Jungle Jim for the Kindy students.

Mr Chase with two colleagues en route to class

Mr. Chase with two colleagues en route to class

4.  Mitch Yamrus is pursuing his degree in Biology with a teaching certificate in Secondary Education, 7th through 12th grade.  Mr. Mitch is being mentored by Miss Zainurain Binti Zainal Abidin, and he is teaching Biology and General Science to Forms 1-5 (High School).  Meet Mr. Mitch:

Mr Mitch and Miss Ain

Mr. Mitch and Miss Ain

Mr Mitch teaching a lesson ecosystems....

Mr. Mitch teaching a lesson on ecosystems

5.  Robin Sorber will soon graduate with a degree enabling her to teach Pre-K through Grade 4.   Ms Robin’s cooperating teacher is Mrs. Lalaida Appukutan, and Robin is feeling very comfortable with her colleagues in the Kindy .  The children have really taken to Miss Robin!  Meet her:

Miss Robin looks after the Kindy Students after a swimming class.

Miss Robin looks after the Kindy students after a swimming class.

Miss Robin gets these enthusiastic reactions no matter who she tells!

Miss Robin gets these enthusiastic reactions no matter what the question!

6. Last but not least is Rachel Gill, who is soon to graduate with a degree in Chemistry and a certification to teach secondary students. Her cooperating teacher is Miss Shariza Sharir, and the two of them have become good partners and colleagues.  Rachel teaches Chemistry and General Science to students in Form 1-5 (Grades 7-11). Meet Miss Rachel:

Miss Rachel running a lab

Miss Rachel running a lab

Miss Rachel runs a basic lesson on cell structure.

Miss Rachel holds an introductory lesson on basic cell structure.

While their days are filled with teaching and lesson planning, they do manage to get out and experience the sights of the local area.  Next: the 2014 trip to Hindu holy site, the Batu Caves.

Selamat Datang! Welcome to Malaysia, 2014!

February 17, 2014

We finally arrived at Sri Utama School in Kuala Lumpur, after leaving our homes about 48 hours earlier.  We had had a great flight, but we were glad to be at the end of that long journey.  This was January 30, 2014, on the Eve of Chinese New Year.

We were greeted at the airport by Wilkes alumn Nicholas Barno, who now works as a teacher in the Johor Bahru Sri Utama School.  Nick took us to meet the administrative leaders of Sri Utama, and they took us out for roti canai and teh tarik– all time favorites in this country (and what we will probably miss a lot when we come home).  Kate McGurk and Becky Gallaher, also Wilkes alumni who work at the KL school, were there.  It was a happy reunion!  Have a look at this gang:

Whole gang

Above photo, from left to right: Nadia Hassan, Matthew Bryant, Nawwar Hassan, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Chase English, Rachel Gill, Nick Barno, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Mitch Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Kate McGurk, Becky Gallaher, Omar Joseph.

 

Matt Omar Nadiya

Roti 3

Roti 3+

Nawwar, Nadiya, Omar & Matt

Paige ('14), Kate ('12), and Becky ('12)--Old friends together again.

Paige (’14), Kate (’12), and Becky (’12)–Old friends together again.

Thank you, Sri Utama, for welcoming us once again!

Goodbye, Istanbul!

February 17, 2014

We had arrived in Istanbul at 4 pm, and it was almost 10 pm–time to make our way back to the Ataturk Airport.  Our flight was leaving at 1 am and we wanted to be sure we arrived in plenty of time.  But before we said goodbye, we had to find just one more cafe and have a truly Middle Eastern meal!

(L-R) Chase English, MItchell Yamrus, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast, Paige Trusty, Robin Sorber

(L-R) Chase English, MItchell Yamrus, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast, Paige Trusty, Robin Sorber

 

Now it’s on to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Sri Utama Schools!

The Blue Mosque, 2014

February 17, 2014
What an incredible sight!

At dusk we found the Blue Mosque.  What an incredible sight!

Words failed us when we saw the beauty of this historic mosque, which was built in the early 1600s, during the rule of Ahmed I.

Rachel in the courtyard, in front of those lovely arches.

Rachel in the courtyard, in front of those lovely arches.

It is called the Blue Mosque because of the tiles used to adorn this holy place, which is called Sultanahmet Cami in Turkish.

Dusk at the Bue Mosque

Dusk at the Bue Mosque

Fountains outside the Blue Mosque

Fountains outside the Blue Mosque

For more information on the Blue Mosque, go to their website at http://www.bluemosque.co.  But for now, just enjoy the sights of this wonderful place through our eyes.

Inside the Blue Mosque, the ladies must cover, since it is a place of prayer.

Inside the Blue Mosque, the ladies must cover, since it is a place of prayer.

The Blue Mosque offers visitors incredible beauty inside, at every angle.

The Blue Mosque offers visitors incredible beauty inside, at every angle.

Inside, lights have been placed throughout the Mosque

Inside, lights have been placed throughout the Mosque.

The dome from the inside

The dome from the inside

Above the door, inside the Mosque.

Above the door, inside the Mosque.

Mitch capturing the minarets at night

Mitch capturing the beautiful and intricate designs inside.

L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Rachel Gill, Paige Trust, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Chase English

L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Rachel Gill, Paige Trust, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Chase English

2014 Student Teaching Abroad: The 3rd Malaysian Cohort

February 16, 2014

Can it be that time again–so soon?

In the Fall of 2013, we selected six bright, talented, and lucky Wilkes student teachers to get ready for the third trip to Malaysia in January of 2014.  This experience is subsidized by Dato’ Fawziah Abdul Karim, the CEO of Sri Utama Schools in Malaysia, and our students spend the first seven-week placement at the Kuala Lumpur school.

6 new teachers

Our new student teachers!  Front, L to R: Robin Sorber, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast;  Back, L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Chase English

6 + 2

New student teachers with two veteran teachers from last year: Nicholas Barno and Jennifer Earley, both from the 2013 cohort.

Lucky for us that we had several “old-timers” from the past two cohorts to assist with the orientation.  Nick Barno, now employed at the Sri Utama School in Johor Bahru, near Singapore, and Jennifer Earley both shared this privilege last year as part of the 2013 cohort. They joined us for one of the sessions.

Also joining the sessions were Stephanie Wilkie, from last year,  and Matt Duffy, who worked at Sri Utama on a 3-month contract during 2013.   Becky Gallaher, a current Sri Utama teacher at the Kuala Lumpur school home on Christmas break, shared stories and videos about the students and the school, to the delight of everyone.

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Orient w Steph, Becky, Matt

Matt Duffy, former Sri Utama international teacher, Becky Gallaher, and Stephanie Wilkie from last year’s cohort, assist in the orientation

William and Victoria Morrison, family members of student teaching supervisor Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, came along to share their points of view.  Each year they have been able to join the experience in Malaysia and are eager to go back again during 2014.  We wonder what adventures await us!

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session