Scott Christian

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Description of Service

On June 24, 2000, Scott entered into an intensive community-based pre-service training program. This program included 110 hours of training stressing teaching methodology and an introduction to the Ghanaian education system. Scott taught in a community school where he was observed and critiqued by experienced Ghanaian and American teachers. In addition to teacher training, he received 70 hours of language training in Krobo, 40 hours of cross-cultural education, and 25 hours of tropical health instructions. Scott stayed with a host family throughout the eight weeks in order to enhance cross-cultural understanding.

After successfully completing training requirements, Scott was assigned to teach at Krobo Girls Secondary School (KGSS) in the Eastern Region. KGSS is a Presbyterian school and Science Resource Center with three grade levels for General Arts, Science, and Vocational Arts students. Scott taught Elective Chemistry (equivalent of grade 11) and team-taught two levels of Integrated Science (equivalent of grade 10-11). Scott's responsibilities as an active member of staff included serving as teacher-on-duty, supervising field trips, facilitating student forums, and advising on various committees (security, entertainment, Diamond Jubilee pageant).

Scott updated his skills by attending and leading professional workshops. Scott participatged in Peace Corps in-service trainings for science education, indigenous language and cultural training, diversity issues as well as HIV/AIDS education and information technology.

In addition to his educational activities, Scott took time to appreciate many customs of the dominant group in his community. he photodocumented many significant cultural festivals for the Krobo people (puberty and agricultural rites) as well as the production steps for beadmaking in Ghana. While taking time to study them, Scott realized the importance of beads to the local economy and in history for his community. Scott has since enjoyed expounding on this subject to students, art volunteers, and visitors to the local bead markets. Scott is currently working to open the local bead market to the U.S. trade market in the future.

Lessons Learned

About Scott Christian Today

Scott Christian has been teaching high school math/science through the special education department at Riverwood International Charter School. He continues to explore his community wherever he lives in the world.

External Links

http://www.msu.edu/~chris432

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