"I Did Good Work"


There’s nothing better than a student who is so proud of the work they have completed in class. Faces beaming with pride and plastered with huge smiles, I often hear this phrase throughout the day, “Teacher Delaney, I did good work.” From the kids I work with in class to other students out in the sandbox at recess, kids all over the James Place are proud of their education. I never get tired of students showing off their papers, their handwriting or whatever they may be learning in class.

 You don’t have to spend much time in the classrooms before you realize the education students are receiving at the James Place is absolutely incredible. Every single classroom is full of kids who are excited to learn and teachers who push their students to reach their potential. Working alongside Teacher Aisha in top class, we get the opportunity to teach kids before they go off to primary school. We are creating foundations for the rest of their education. 

For these children, learning to speak English well will change their life since all of their future schooling is focused on English. I love hearing my class work hard and encourage their classmates to speak in English.

Our preschool recently memorized this verse from Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that He who began good work in you will bring it to completion…” The Lord is certainly at work in the preschool changing the lives of students, families, and teachers (especially mine). Our preschoolers definitely know how to love well and they teach me how love better.

- Delaney Stephens, Long Term Volunteer Education Intern