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Introducing myself and my journal: I Really Think So

About Me:
I worked for thirteen years in developing countries as a teacher trainer, program developer and director. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa, I was a village based teacher trainer and a curriculum developer. Next, I worked in a refugee camp in Thailand as a teacher supervisor, trainer and curriculum developer preparing refugees for resettlement in the United States. After that, I was an Associate Peace Corps Director in Uganda and Ghana developing and managing projects in small enterprise development, primary education teacher training, art education and water and sanitation. I managed a web based program connecting youth in the Middle East with youth in the United States. I think education should be a catalyst for social change and I'm passionate about the potential for schools to comprehensively serve the culture and climates of their communities. I have a master’s degree in International Intercultural Development Education from Florida State University (That’s the short version of my career.)

Now I’m taking a break. I sit at home in my favorite red chair and read and read and read. My cat, Madame Banana, who I brought back from Ghana, sits with me. I’m looking forward to the amazing conversations I know we will have through Voices of Our Future. It will be good to feel like part of a much bigger world beyond my comfy, red, chair. (Madame Banana is cute but she doesn’t have much to say.)

My Passions:
social justice, service learning, sharing ideas, reading, gardening, beads

My Challenges:
I have multiple sclerosis which makes me wobbly and very tired.

My Vision for the Future:
A peaceful world where each person has a confident voice and kindness is the most important value

My Areas of Expertise:
international education and intercultural communication

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.
Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Potter's picture

Hello, Fatima

It's a pleasure to hear from you. Good luck in your doctoral studies. Sounds like you have so much to offer toward building greaster social justice in this world. It seems like World Pulse is a reat building block in that effort.

What did you think of Florida? I grew up there, but in the northwestern part.

Fatima Waziri's picture

Thank you for your kind words

Thank you for your kind words Potter. I enjoyed Miami very much the weather is awesome but I couldn't stay back there for my lack of Spanish which most jobs required because of the large Spanish population, so I moved to the city that never sleeps NYC.

Peace!
Fatima

Sarvina's picture

Welcome to PulseWire!

Hi Potter,

I’m so glad and excited to see you in our community! Thanks so much for joining us, you are always free to post to your journal and add comments to others posts too, this is where we can freely contribute for the betterment of women and children all over that world. Please feel free to browse through our group section and post to the groups you decided to join.....On worldpulse everything is free...just be yourself.

Welcome again to our PulseWire Community and I look forward to seeing you more in here!!!

Warm Regards,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Potter's picture

Hello!

Lovely to hear from you, Sarvina. I recently reconnected with an old friend who is also in Phnom Phen. He and I worked together in Thailand years ago. It is good to have Southeact Asian connections again.

How did you first connect with World Pulse? I've just discovered it and it seems like an amazing network. I'm looking forward to exploring all these possibilities!

Sarvina's picture

Hello!

Dear Potter,

I'm glad to hear from you also. Sounds great that I have a chance to meet someone who also has a friend in Phnom Penh. Congrats for your reconnection with him! Please bring my best regards to him in the name of Cambodian the same...

What a coincidence to connect with Would Pulse...! I first came here without expectation, I was searching my case study related with World's Education then I found WorldPulse site and I felt so excited when I joined in. A few days later, I got an Email from Jade who is an Online Community Manager on PulseWire asked me to be a Pulse Wire Volunteer Team. From that day, I feel so familiar with PW. It gives me chance and I have learned many new things from the others talented women here. Of course my Education and experience are seem still young but through PulseWire...I have been valued and encouraged to be a strong person and I hope one day I can get my dream.

Wish you all the best!

Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

tocssfoundation's picture

Welcome

Dear Potter,
This is to welcome you and hoping you'll enjoy every bit ....
Regards to Madame Banana.

Shalom.

Potter's picture

Good to meet you

Madame Banana purred sweetly then I gave her your regards. I changed my profile picture so that you could meet her.

So nice to hear from you.

tocssfoundation's picture

The same here ,Potter . I

The same here ,Potter .
I must say that Madame Banana looks so cute.
Two hugs, one for you and the other for her.
Cheers!
Temidayo

Shalom.

WILDKat's picture

Sheroes...

Thanks so much for sharing the Giraffe.org site. Love celebrating those who are not usually celebrated.

Naturally grateful,
Kat Haber

"Know thyself." ~ Plato

Potter's picture

Stick your neck out!

Hi, Kat! Thanks for the comment. Giraffe Project is amazing. I just read your profile wow! You are doing great things. Check out the Giraffe publications. There are a couple intended for younger audiences that your son would appreciate.
I love Alaska and have been fortunate to travel there quite a bit...including Homer. (I remember seeing a billion eagles!)

Amei's picture

Its Amei here :-)

I just replied to your comment on my post...and then realised I really have not read your profile... Now that I have read yours, we have a lot in common. I was trained primary and secondary teacher and was lecturing in Maldives in teaching pedagogy. Worked as teacher trainer and was conducting workshops for in-service teachers. I was also working in curriculum development. Education is my passion.

I moved to Australia to provide a better education. My daughter, Thooha is completing her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy and my son, Jazz just completed year 12 and will be starting uni next year. Fortunately, they adjusted better than me. Thank God :-)

For me, the giving up my job and leaving my comfort zone and moving to Australia has forced me to face some challenges. Getting a job and starting all over again was tough. Now I am adjusting and slowing settling down. My biggest challenge is my emotional state - not well handled when I grew up. However, my education taught me strategies to cope with situations and get on with what I need to do.

I hope we keep in touch often. Thank you Potter :-)

Cheers
Amei

Potter's picture

Remarkable!

It is so interesting how the lives of the women of the VOF community seem to parallel each other, despite the world wide geography, multiple religions and culltures and a gillion languages. Who know what the world could accomplish if we could all simply recognize our common ground! Sounds like you have made huge transitions for the sake of your children and that they are doing well. Have they read your article about your mother? I think they might recognize you in her!

Yes, it will be great to keep in touch. I know nothing about Maldives. I can find it on a map...that's it! I'd love to compare notes about teaching and learning.

Have you begun thinking about Module II? I've been re-reading the classroom materials. Wow! It seems like a huge challenge. I can't wait to see what the correspondants write. What is it like for you to write from Australia vs. Maldives? Thanks for reaching out!!!

P.S. My name is Jana. Potter is my family name which I used on my profile because "Jana" was already taken when I registered. People always called my father "Potter" instead of his given name so it makes me smile when World Pulse folk call me "Potter."

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