Volunteer: Terri Coats-Hamoud
I am from Eaton Rapids, MI and graduated from Michigan State University in 1983. I was an Elementary Teacher/Workshop Co-ordinator/Teacher Trainer in Sierra Leone from 1984-1986. I met my husband in Sierra Leone and we were married in the US in 1987; we have 2 sons, Josh and Kris. We moved to Cove, Arizona where I taught 2 years on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Then we moved to Aztec, New Mexico where I taught 4 years in the "Checkerboard" area of the Navajo Reservation. Then we moved to Albuquerque, NM, where I taught 1 year in a multilingual/multicultural school with the nick-name "Rainbow of Cultures" in the Albuquerque Public Schools, then taught homeschool. We moved back to Michigan, where I taught 4 years in a Charter/Public School Academy. I earned my Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Eastern Michigan University. For the past 10 years, I have been teaching English as a Second Language in the Lansing School District, where we serve refugee students and their families from countries all over the world: Cuba, Mexico, Burma, Somalia, Iraq, Nepal, Birundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Thailand, Viet Nam, and previously from the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The Peace Corps led me to all these wonderful multicultural, multilingual, amazing experiences. Thank you! In all these teaching positions and environments, I have brought Peace Corps' 3rd Goal; I have shared my 2 year experience with photos, slideshows, artifacts, and incredible Sierra Leone stories with my students, their families, and school staff. I believe I've even inspired a future PCV or two! And in July, 2009, I returned to Sierra Leone with my husband, 2 sons, and 2 fellow travelers! It was our oldest's 2nd trip to Salone, bringing along his girlfriend and her brother! The Peace Corps is a Life-Changing Experience! Not only for the RPCVs themselves, but their families and for anyone who hears their stories...and of course, the Families they touch in their Host Countries.
Contributions from Terri Coats-Hamoud
I was an Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone from 1984-1986, assigned to Rogbesseh in Tonkolili District in the Northern Province....not too far from Masanga Leprosy Hospital and Magburaka. I was hoping to be the Great White Hope Teacher...I'm not sure how much impact I made as a Primary Workshop Coordinator, teaching English, Maths, and Science...but if I made any impact at all, it might have been with a Health concept that Volunteers were taught for their OWN survival... One da...