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Featuring Wendy (Schuch) Hall '93


Position: Communications Director
Employer: Won by One To Jamaica
Location: Jamaica

Position: "extra" 4th Grade Teacher
Employer: Fairview Elementary
Location: Monroe, North Carolina
Certification: Elementary Education (K-6)
(Profiled: May 2013)

♦  How did you connect with this job opportunity?
  What attracted you to this position?
♦  What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?
♦  What are some of your challenges in this role?
♦  How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?
♦  What advice would you give to a current GCC student in order to better prepare for this type of work?
♦  What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

♦  What are the challenges and rewards of teaching in another culture?
♦  What are the challenges and rewards of living in another culture?


How did you connect with this job opportunity?

I served as a Red Box Missionary to Jamaica in college.  My husband and I then led dozens of mission trips over the years with various organizations across the island (and in the US).  The year I served as a Red Box Missionary, Josh Shaffer was also with Red Box and we got to know one another well in that context.  Years later, he was on staff with Won By One To Jamaica and eventually we connected my skills and talents and the ministry's needs and I came on staff.


What attracted you to this position?

I am passionate about missions in Jamaica - I know I have been called both to serve in that way and also to help educate children.  This position allows me to do that in Jamaica (where some of what I do allows me to develop educational aspects of our ministry) and also in the United States (where I am also a part-time 4th grade teacher). 


What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

Designing creative ways to increase the literacy and the educational opportunities for children in Jamaica.  For example, we have hosted Book Fairs in the schools and community.  In addition, we designed "tutoring stations" for American volunteers to be able to use time with children to have an educational emphasis. 


What are some of your challenges in this role?

The educational aspect is only one component of my position with the ministry and a secondary one at that.  I am responsible for helping to prepare teams to come and serve in Jamaica, which is a large responsibility in and of itself, since the ministry is growing quite rapidly. 


How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?

My time at GCC allowed me to develop as a learner, as a teacher, as a missionary, and as a Christian.  This position allows me to combine all of these things. 


What advice would you give to a current GCC student in order to better prepare for this type of work?

Serve, serve, serve!!  Use the opportunities you have to serve in a variety of cultures and environments.  Your calling as a teacher may not be to the traditional role of a teacher, but rather a vessel of God in some other context. 


What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

All of my jobs have come to me, rather than me seeking them out and applying for them.  It was about doing what I felt God wanted me to do (volunteering to lead mission trips and volunteering at my children's school), with no intention of those experiences turning into jobs.  Yet God turned these into job opportunities in His timing, even when I wasn't looking for that.  Now I have a great balance of being home with my own children and serving other children through education.  I am very thankful.

 

What are the challenges and rewards of teaching in another culture?  

Challenges - One challenge is needing to be sensitive to the variances in the culture and language when working with students. Since most of our educational resources come from our connections in the US, we have to filter out what is and isn't appropriate for the children living in poverty in a small, rural, isolated village in the mountains of this developing country.

Rewards - My favorite reward is seeing my biological children grow up with some understanding of how most of the world lives.  They have genuine connections with Jamaicans and at times use those relationships to read, practice math facts, and do meaningful activities with the other children.  I love seeing them feel natural interacting with people of other ages, races and cultures because they have been serving in missions for so many years now.


What are the challenges and rewards of living in another culture?
N/A - I live in the U.S and travel to Jamaica a few times a year.

 



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