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february 12, 2010

13 New nurse works to revive students BY SEAMUS MULVEY AND ALYSSA BARTON STAFF WRITERS


While in Namibia in Southern Africa, Angela Schneider, ELL teacher, encountered numerous smiling African children.

Teachers gain new perspectives Angela Schneider and Darica Griffiths experience life changing events while serving in Romania, Southern Africa through Peace Corps BY KALEE MORRIS



ncountering conditions unfamiliar and uncomfortable is the small downside to an experience that, according to Angela Schneider, ELL teacher, and Darica Griffiths, history teacher, changed everything for them. The Peace Corps gave Schneider and Griffiths the chance to teach English to children in disadvantaged countries. In 1992 Griffiths left the United States with the second group to travel to Romania since the country opened up to American aid. While the first group worked with the overflowing orphanages, the second group focused on teaching English to the children there. According to Griffiths, her goals in joining the Peace Corps included getting out of Glendale and seeing the world. “I wanted to help other people… I wanted to serve my country,” said Griffiths. The living conditions she first encountered left her without heat or running water. A Romanian family took her in and housed her for the rest of her stay. She continues to communicate with them to this day. Griffiths remained in Romania after the commitment agreement of two years for a project she was working on. Her fourth and last year in Romania was spent teaching American and South American diplomats at a private school.

According to Griffiths, the experiences helped her gain a different perspective. “It made me really appreciate simple things... and realize we are all the same,” she said. The biggest thing she got out of the four years she spent in Romania is confidence and knowing that under difficult circumstances and being taken out of her safety zone, she can survive, according to Griffiths. Angela Schneider set off for Namibia in Southern Africa in October of 1998. She completed her three years of service in December 2001. “My secondary projects included helping create a drama group to promote AIDS awareness, running a school newspaper, and organizing and implementing training for pre-school teachers,” said Schneider. Out of the experience she expected to get away, learn about another culture, and decide if teaching was the career for her. “When I think about the things I did — walked for miles, taught outdoors with nothing, was chased by an elephant and a hippo, lived in a mud hut, hauled my own water, slaughtered a goat for a feast, was evacuated and lost everything except the clothes on my back, was evacuated again from the Angolan border after fighting the rebels invading and lost everything again, buried friends, teachers, students, and children who died of AIDS. After all that, the daily challenges I face here don’t seem as daunting,” said Schneider.

With a new nurse arriving at this school, she brings along not only a wave of health but friendliness as well. Nurse Smith was hired as the new nurse on Jan. 19 and is prepared to help anyone in need or ill. Previously to working at this school, Smith worked for the state of Arizona. According to Smith, it was a good 18 years, but much different from working as a school nurse because of her experiences of enormous amounts of emergency care and running several different facilities while working for the state. Ten years before working in emergency care, she ran dental clinics across the state as well. Besides assisting another nurse at Central High School for six weeks, this is the first school she has worked at. So far, Smith has enjoyed helping and working with the students at this school and looks forward to getting to know more of them. “When the students are honest with me, I am honest with them. I do want to help them,” said Smith. Smith anticipates working at this school the rest of the year. If students are in need, she is always available during the school day in Room 706 located near the main office.


When: Every Tuesday after school Where: Ms. Ilardo’s Room 116 What is our goal this year? To take what we learn in Unitown and make it affect the entire school.

International traveler excels in school, athletics, and nursing Just in time for 8th grade, the Bantaculo’s moved to the number four position on her varsity team. Phoenix where they have stayed Although Bantaculo loves Constantly on the move from country to country, ever since. badminton, her real goal for and needing to learn new T h e c o n st a n t the future is to be a traveling languages is a normal affair BY KRYSTAL MORGAN moving from country nurse like her mother. for Renalyn Bantaculo, to country created a She is in the nursing junior. positive experience program, Teens in Nursing, Born in the Philippines, for Bantaculo who at Glendale Community Bantaculo grew up in currently speaks four College. She also volunteers Manila City and spent Filipino dialects, at Thunderbird Hospital once all the free time she had some Arabic, and a week for four hours. English. enjoying nature. Bantaculo wants to become Even though she Sitting on the beach, or a certified nursing assistant is always on the move, and to get her Associates under the shade of a tree, Bantaculo has found reading was Bantaculo’s degree. COURTESY OF RENALYN BANTACULO a passion for the “The reason why I want to favorite way to spend her sport Badminton. be an RN is because not only time. Renalyn Bantaculo, junior, spends the day riding After third grade, she Bantaculo started on the back of a camel with her family. do I want to travel around moved to Fujairah City in playing at the age the world, but the knowledge the United Arab Emirates of 11, in many that I am serving is self because her mother is Renalyn Bantaculo, junior, smiles as she tournaments both in the Philippines and satisfactory,” said Bantaculo. a traveling nurse. She remenises on long summer days in the in Arizona. When Bantaculo has a free moment, she enjoys playing stayed there for three years Philliapines and the United Arab Emirates. During her freshman year at Central High the guitar and has been for the past two years. Bantaculo before moving back to the School Bantaculo qualified for the regional tries to share a message of optimism wherever she goes. Philippines, in the city tournament, and at the end of the season, “Be open minded and look at every opportunity given to Pampanga. she was second on her varsity team. you; choose the best of them all. Your decisions today will The Bantaculo’s then moved back to the United Arab When she transferred to this school her junior year she become your past and will be the outcome of your future. So Emirates after just six months of residence in Pampanga. started on the team halfway through the season, earning be very careful and do the right thing,” said Bantaculo. BY KRYSTAL MORGAN STAFF WRITER


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