FACES OF PENN FOSTERJoan T. of Kaneshie Ghana, Africa
“I am Joan T., and I am 53 years old. I registered with Penn Foster College on December 2005 as a student in the Early Childhood Education Program. Before my enrollment in the school, I had taken an early childhood certificate course and had subsequently worked since 1990 in the nursery and also as a childminder for seven years. The nursery teaching is not well remunerated, but when I sent my curriculum vitae and stated that I was taking an online course as an associate degree student, I found a job.

In 2007 I got a job as a head teacher. My job title was to make sure that all teachers had prepared their lesson notes properly, were also on time at school, and obeyed management to the letter. This I did to the admiration of both management and the parent-teacher association, respectively.

I also introduced new drop-off and pickup measures to facilitate easy recognition of who was bringing which child to school, instead of children rushing in without the proper check. I also created activity centres including: a reading and quiet and cozy areas for the children to relax and read; a housekeeping area with props and old costumes for the children to dress up and play roles of different professions, to enhance their language development; and an art and creativity centre where the children could express themselves freely in different forms of art to the admiration of their parents.

We went on excursions to the museum, the Kwame Nkrumah Royal Mausoleum, which is an archive containing all the information about Ghana’s first president Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, of blessed memory. We also organized a trip to the airport where the children were taken to the arrival and departure halls and also viewed airplanes landing and taking off to various destinations. My stay in the school made a very good impact on the children. Many passed their assessment to primary schools. I believe this is because of the discipline and wide knowledge obtained over the past four years with Penn Foster College.”

—Joan T.


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