Stacey DeBoe
From WCS inFocus

From WCS inFocus

A Spring Station Middle School teacher is using her knowledge to help educators in Africa.

As a recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, support services teacher Stacey DeBoe traveled to Botswana in July. The Fulbright Award recognizes the exemplary work of teachers and is earned by applying for a grant. The grant allows the recipients to travel abroad and collaborate with other schools, nonprofit organizations, teacher training institutions and other educational organizations.

“When I left Tennessee, I left summer behind and entered winter in the southern hemisphere,” DeBoe said. “Botswana is a country in southern Africa, and it is in the sub-Saharan area of the continent.”

While overseas, she visited schools and helped come up with new ways to provide inclusive opportunities and streamline Individual Education Plans for students with significant disabilities.

“I had a wonderful experience learning about a new culture and customs in a different region of the world,” she said.

While she was there, DeBoe didn’t miss the opportunity to explore the country and meet new people.

“I used my weekends to travel and was able to visit Madikwe Reserve in South Africa as well as Chobe National Park in northern Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe,” DeBoe said. “The people of Botswana are kind, warm and generous with visitors. They love their children and have great national pride as well as strong connections to their home village.”