A new year is on the horizon for Fe y Alegría 44, the high school where I work. Though students will not arrive for classes until March 4, we teachers gathered yesterday to begin preparing for the year ahead.

At the top of the agenda has been forming comunidades, or communities. Every teacher is assigned to one of five comunidades–Animación (Animation/Liveliness), Bienestar (Welfare), Cultura (Culture), Disciplina (Discipline) and Proyección (Projection)–and is expected to help their team realize a variety of projects throughout the year.

I am a member of Animación. Besides helping plan Day of the Student, other teachers’ birthdays, a festival dealing with gastronomy and some other activities, I’m really not sure what my role will entail.

That said, I’ve decided to assume it is my job to keep my colleagues pumped up, or animados. Given the nature of staff meetings (I once caught another teacher pretending he was an airplane), this will be no small task. If you’re reading this, Mom, please put Jock Jams Vol. II in the mail pronto.


About brianharperu

A recent Marquette University graduate who inexplicably finds himself living and working as a Jesuit Volunteer in Peru, Brian enjoys writing, learning new musical instruments, imagining himself to be a better athlete than he is, eating pancakes and voting as part of his civic duty.
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