Hello and welcome to my blog: the continuing story of how I ended up teaching in Rwanda!

I graduated in the spring of 2016 with my Masters in Education, with a focus on special education, from the University of Mary Washington. The year before I graduated with my Bachelors degree in English. I had a wonderful five years at UMW with many exciting experiences in my field and wonderful memories with friends. #mymarywash

Post-grad I had the opportunity to travel and work with children in Rwanda at the Sonrise School and I took itI spent 3 months volunteering at Sonrise in 2016 and fell in love with the culture and people here. 

The Sonrise School is located in northern Rwanda and is a safe space for students of diverse backgrounds to come and learn more about themselves, their community, and the world. If you’d like to learn more about Sonrise School, you can have a look at their website at, http://www.sonriseschool.rw/

As my time volunteering there was coming to a close I decided to move to Rwanda to continue teaching! I am creating a special ed. program to implement in the nursery as well as designing an SAT Prep class to help students prepare for the SAT and improve their test-taking skills.


If you have any interest in coming to Sonrise to volunteer, with or without a teaching background, please let me know! The school welcomes all volunteers and the kids love to meet people from around the world. If you can’t come volunteer, consider supporting Sonrise financially through the African Education Support Foundation. All support is welcome! 

As I continue on this journey, I would greatly appreciate any prayers or kind thoughts you are willing to send my way, specifically:

  • For the logistics, health, and safety during my time in Rwanda 
  • That I will be teachable and humble as I adjust to a culture that is different than my own
  • That I will have wisdom and patience in interpersonal relationships
  • That I will be a blessing to the people of Rwanda, the Sonrise School, and the students I will be teaching

I am so blessed to have this opportunity to work with the students and staff in the Sonrise School community. Thank you for all your support and prayers as I continue on this journey!

[All pictures on this blog were taken by me unless noted and cannot be used elsewhere without permission]