“One of the rarest moments of my professional career.”

New Hope teachers visit Lake Michigan.

New Hope teachers visit Lake Michigan.

The New Hope teachers had a great second half of last week at Hubbard Woods School in Chicago. A few highlights included a video shared by the Hubbard Woods teachers about their time in Guatemala, a visit to several large urban schools, a trip to the top of the Sears tower and Lake Michigan, and snow! Below, two (translated) reflections from New Hope staff on their experience.

by Mynor Lemus

When I decided to dedicate my life to education, many people advised me that it wasn’t the best profession or the best pay.  Yet after having the experience of working with Common Hope, I have realized that I wasn’t mistaken, on the contrary it reaffirms my decision. The experience of the last three days has been incredible, from the plane trip until the moment I write this. The reception of the people beginning with Maureen, the director of Hubbard Woods School; the warmth of the teachers; the positive attitudes and service of David, Shawn, and Todd, the teachers who traveled to Guatemala this past June; the families that hosted us for delicious dinners. Yesterday in the morning assembly the school presented a video comparing what we do [at New Hope School] with what they do here at Hubbard Woods, and it was truly a magical moment, making me realize the importance of our work as an NGO, and how much people far away value it. Para leer en español, haga click aqui.

by Leslie Murga

At Hubbard Woods School, I have lived one of the rarest moments of my professional career. Being here I have seen the magnitude of what we are doing, how with our daily efforts we are making a difference and working to contribute a grain of sand toward the building of our country. Being immersed in the work, in the daily routine, one doesn’t observe such things! Seeing the video the teachers took while at New Hope School, making a comparison with what they do every day … there aren’t many differences, but it motivated me to achieve more, with more enthusiasm, and to give my best every day. When someone else arrives to observe our work I hope they will see us like this, doing our work with much love, like we have observed the Hubbard Woods staff working and serving others. Leer en español aqui.

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2 Responses to “One of the rarest moments of my professional career.”

  1. Steve Jungling December 7, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    I am so glad to hear that your visit to Chicago was so rewarding to you. I have visited the New Hope school twice over the last two vision trips, and let me say I am very impressed with the dedication and efforts over the staff, Common Hope and Mynor. Mynor your story is amazing and was so good to see you again in October tho only enough time to shake your hand.

    Bless you all for your work!


  2. Kate December 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Thanks for the kind words, Steve! I will pass along to Mynor and the other New Hope staff.



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