My name is Lea Finder, and I am from St. Louis, Missouri USA. I have always had a passion for teaching and am excited to have the opportunity to teach at Chipuka. I also love culture and have always really wanted to travel the world and teach English, so moving to Arusha is an exciting next step for me. I first started tutoring math and English when I was fifteen years old at a tutoring center in St. Louis. I worked there until I graduated from high school and moved to Arkansas USA to attend John Brown University. There, I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education with Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement. While at John Brown, I also started an after school tutoring program for non native English speaking students in the area. I led this program for all four years of University, and further discovered a love of working with students from different cultures and backgrounds. Additionally, I worked as a tutor for struggling college students my last two years at University, and really learned how to work with students with a variety of learning disabilities.
I first visited East Africa on a trip to Northern Kenya the summer after my first year of college. While in Kenya, I worked for three months with a literacy program in the Semi-Nomadic Rendille people group and learned about the power of literacy, and how to teach reading well. I then came to Tanzania in April 2015 to finish up my student teaching internship at Haven of Peace Academy in Dar Es Salaam. In Dar I taught in a third grade classroom and further learned strategies of working with students from many different cultures and a variety of ability levels.
I am very excited about the opportunity to move the students at Chipuka forward. I believe that each one of the students that we meet are capable to learn and to one day be successful adults, and I am excited to challenge them to be the best that they can be!