Return to Rabat

Sunday, March 24 – Monday, March 25, 2019

Our final two days in Morocco were spent debriefing our field experience with our cohort. We spent an afternoon with Moroccan alumni of exchange programs and brainstormed ways we could stay connected. We shared our observations around our guiding questions, and gave feedback to one another. By sharing our experiences, we broadened all of our experiences.

Fulbright TGC 2018-2019- Morocco Cohort

My exhaustion was extreme. I had pushed myself through my field experience in Tangier, and I felt like I had so little left. It took a superhuman effort to show up to our meetings. On the contrary, I was still up for little excursions around Rabat- a random tram ride, a trek to find a bookstore, an afternoon at the ancient ruins of Chellah, a shopping spree in the medina, and a final cultural dinner at an amazing restaurant- Le Ziryab.

Rabat from my window

I was haunted by the finality of these days. The last Moroccan tea. The last call to prayer. The last nut from my takeout basket from the restaurant in Tangier. The last French episode of The Voice. The last Moroccan sunset.

I am so grateful for this experience. I have a deep appreciation for the people who made it possible, for Miriem and Wyatt, for my cohort. In my last hours in Rabat, as I packed my impossibly full suitcase, I thought of how I had gathered so much to remember that it would be hard to take it all with me. But, I am determined to take Morocco with me, wherever I go.

The bookstore excursion

Author:

Most of the time, I am simply "Mrs. Olmos," a busy classroom teacher in a rural district in Southwest Washington State. I teach English, WA State History and Drama to students that range from grades 7-12. I believe in allowing students to use their own creativity and individual voices to enrich learning experiences in my classroom. A typical day in my room includes student-led conversations, collaborative projects, and art supplies. Beyond the classroom, I dedicate myself to many areas of educational leadership. Currently, I am a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms and a member of the leadership team for the Washington Teacher Advisory Council. I am proud to be a National Board Certified Teacher, and a facilitator for National Board Candidate cohorts. Over the years, I have served on committees, panels and cohorts at the district, state and national level. My areas of interest include English Language Arts standards, curriculum and assessment, teacher preparation and certification, equity in rural education, project-based learning, and arts-integrated instruction. In my spare time, I have dogs, horses and and a husband to share my life on a small farm surrounded by green hills and rivers. It's a beautiful life.

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