Happy Easter to All…
My best wishes to all as we acknowledge the Easter gift we all have received…forgiveness!
The Copey Learning Center resumes classes today following the country’s Holy Week celebration. Now, there is expected an uninterrupted string of weeks of education until their winter and our summer break.
The current student count seems lower than it is when in-house. The on-line classes causes various challenges for students and families. Much has to do with personal and internet issues at home. These challenges tend to smooth out as time passes…so we are hopeful.
Last week’s student installment of “Where Are They Now?”, generated several comments from “Friends”. Some comments included:
“Great story – Mariana is a real star!” Ed D.
“Thanks for sharing a new photo of Mariana. I always loved reading about her many successes, especially the spelling bee each year. So happy to read that she is doing so well.” Lisa B.
Where Are They Now…!
Celeste Ulloa is our sixth Pathway Project recipient being highlighted. She was one of the first two recipients in 2016 selected to participate in this project. She was joined by Noelia whom we reported on earlier and shown below during their visit to the United States.
After graduation, Celeste continued her close relationship with the Copey Learning Center while exploring new educational/career options.
When the pandemic hit Copey and forced the shut down of the Center in March 2020, the Copey director soon left her position out of necessity. This caused a temporary leadership void that needed to be filled. Celeste was selected to help keep things together while the Center struggled with the virus crisis.
In the Fall of 2020, Celeste helped implement the first Copey “Distance Learning” project which resulted in Copey students being taught by volunteer teachers we now proclaim to be the “Dream Team”. Then, she orchestrated the November celebration marking the end of the semester of on-line teaching. Today, she is spearheading the implementation of the first semester of the 2021 On-line Education Project by coordinating services with a new talented group of volunteer teachers.
She has been helping us get to know better some of the students. Here is an interview she produced featuring one of the younger students.
It is very unusual that we (Friends) get to work along side a Pathway Project recipient…especially in a leadership position. It is a joy!
Celeste knows the work of the Center and is familiar with the Board of Directors, the students and families. For certain, this is a huge challenge for her under these pandemic conditions but we are all working closely doing what we can to make this year a success.
Celeste provided this update on her life since she traveled to the United States in 2016. Celeste says:
“Here are some of my experiences after the Pathway Project. There has been many and I don’t think that I could summarize all of them and send a short story. So here are some things about me: