Host Dr. Laura Horvath is joined by Short Term Mission Leader for the Teachers' Learning Collaborative, Sharon Gardner from Grapevine, Texas
Sharon is the project lead teacher. She has traveled six time to participate in Short Term Mission in Sierra Leone, every year since 2016 with the exception of HCW's Covid restricted travel period. Sharon is also a 2018 recipient of the Grapevine-Colleyville Foundation Star Teaching Award Grant and the US team lead author of the shared curriculum developed by the collaborative, and currently the First UMC Colleyville HCW Partnership Representative, working with local Family Advocates supporting family strengthening and empowerment in Sierra Leone .
We are hoping to include both the US based lead author, and the African team lead author in the TLC's season 3 episode scheduled for release in September 2024.
Helping Children Worldwide program staff worked with the mission team members to produce the program outline and teaching materials for a new kind of short term mission intended to be a model for our future STM deployments.
The opportunity to come to Africa to teach summer school to children in an orphanage for a very short time period is different from what teachers used to do when they traveled with HCW. Now teachers work in collaboration with teachers in a different country to develop a train the trainer “in-service” for teachers in Sierra Leone.