New Educational Ministry Underway
Dr. Tom McGowan, a retired Professor of Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has begun an educational ministry in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. This ministry currently involves supervising a student teacher working as an English teacher in Colegio Episcopal Todos Los Santos in La Romana, and may expand to leading mission teams of educators from the companion dioceses in the United States and assisting with curriculum and teacher development in the Dominican Episcopal schools.
Dr. McGowan commented on his emerging ministry: "
For the future, I'm planning to organize mission teams with an instructional focus - working with teachers to offer workshops to their colleagues and support them as they further improve their teaching methods (already quite proficient, by the way). We have several options for a less-traditional form of mission team that addresses the teaching/learning process within a school rather than 'building buildings' (e.g., a team from Nebraska, a partnership with teacher educators at a Mexican university). Our immediate focus is quality English language instruction, but a longer term goal might well be bilingual 'magnet schools' across the Diocese. Even longer term, there's the possibility of viewing the Episcopal schools in the DR as a true system, with common vision and goals as well as quality teaching in particular areas for which they become well known."
To read an article by Dr. McGowan with more details about his work in the Dominican Episcopal schools, click the link below: