Maine Honors Two Potential Academics

Mo and Chelsea

Mohamed “Mo” Kilani ’21 and Chelsea Whiting-Puckett ’22

Both of those Kilani and Whiting-Puckett are college students in this semester’s Bowdoin Teacher Students method, which certifies college students to train in public faculties any place in the region.

The Maine Office of Education chosen Kilani, Whiting-Puckett, and Ivy Johnson (from College of Maine–Machias) based mostly on letters of suggestion and a personal essay demonstrating their enthusiasm for teaching, adaptability, travel for advancement, and great interaction techniques.

Kilani, who graduated from Bowdoin final year with a big in Hispanic experiments and schooling, just wrapped up a a few-month university student training practicum at Lincoln Middle University in Portland, Maine. He taught Spanish to mostly seventh graders and some eighth graders.

Now his purpose is to uncover a complete-time work training Spanish in a community faculty in Portland, wherever he has lived with his loved ones because he was ten several years previous. They arrived listed here as refugees from Iraq. (He is fluent in a few dialects of Arabic, Kurdish, French, and Spanish).

Whilst his personal ordeals can support him relate to other immigrant and refugee learners, he says his greater dream is to support language training total come to be a lot more culturally delicate and inclusive. “I want to change how we imagine about language mastering so it is not just an asset,” but somewhat noticed as a portion of people’s identities and our shared humanity, he reported.

He is thrilled to give again to a city he enjoys. “If you are introduced an option to continue to be in your home local community and prosper there, that is well worth a million bucks,” he claimed.

Whiting-Puckett, an English and schooling major, finished her educating practicum in a ninth-quality English classroom at Casco Bay High College in Portland. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, but also would enjoy to locate a teaching task in the Portland area. “Living and student-training in Maine has been an astounding prospect and I want to keep here and develop my qualified vocation,” she said.

Her qualified aim is to teach English or social experiments, and “be section of a staff of educators who build school rooms where pupils and lecturers harness the energy of humility and link to function towards a collective vision of justice for People in america of all identities,” she wrote in her essay.

As a person who identifies as queer, she stated she believes a “detailed, liberatory humanities instruction can prevent” the erasure of marginalized folks and their heritage. 

“Maybe each individual trainer picks up the items that we felt have been most damaged in our very own schooling experiences and runs with them, tries to healthy them again with each other,” she reported. “For me, that’s serving and supporting LGBTQ+ pupils and all marginalized pupils via teaching robust, honest English and social studies programs.”