By: Jon Herrin, STC developmental English instructor
As a developmental English instructor at STC, I have been using my skills teaching on weekends, but not at the college. It is part of service work I perform in Monterrey, Mexico, helping to train and develop bilingual teachers there one weekend a month. My family and I lived and worked for more than three years in Monterrey before coming to the Rio Grande Valley in June 2011 and that’s how I became involved with this work.
I love the passion and energy of these student-teachers in Mexico who want so much to do well in their work. And although it might not seem like a safe thing to do for others, I’m not sure I want a “safe life”; I prefer a meaningful life that impacts others and this service work is making a real difference.
I want to add that I am very grateful to Monica Gomez, an STC instructor who mobilized others in her department to donate more than 100 pounds of books, CDs, DVDs and other resources that were given to the student teachers in Mexico.
With activities like these, STC continues to cross borders and expand the scope of influence!
For more information contact Herrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.