Study Abroad

Saying Goodbye to T.N. Kirnon

January 10, 2015

TN Kirnon

We woke up this morning to the sound of heavy rain. Since the beginning of the week, we were welcomed with sunshine. It is ironic that on our last day at the T.N. Kirnon primary school, the clouds were gray. It was as if the Island knew that our hearts were heavy; we did not want to say our goodbyes. We have all made strong connections with the children and there is so much more that we want to do.

Jessica Baird with T.N. Kirnon StudentAs we entered the school ground, the children were singing their morning songs. All of the school children greeted us, expressed their appreciation, and presented us with gifts. We all shed a few tears at the end of the school day as the children clung to us, begging us not to go, and making sure we would write as soon as we got back home.

However, the day was far from over for us. We had the opportunity to present in front of all of the teachers and introduce them to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It was wonderful being able to share what we saw went well in the classroom, and hopefully motivate the teachers to keep up the good work and positive energy. They then thanked us with an incredible pot luck lunch, filled with all types of Antiguan dishes. It was such a perfect way to wrap up the week. We now have just a short time left in Antigua, but I think we can all agree that there will never be another experience that will mean more to us than our time at T.N. Kirnon.

Leaving T.N. Kirnon