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A Nash Community College instructor recently visited Zambia as part of a nonprofit organization’s mission to train teachers for a new school.
Director of Early Childhood Education Sarah Prezioso instructed new teachers on techniques using selected curriculum and new technology such as computers and classroom projectors through the Agape Village Foundation, a Christian nonprofit organization with a mission to provide loving care in a Christ-centered environment for orphaned children in Zambia. Most had only used computers while they were students at university.
The school, which plans to open in January, will provide education to children from an orphanage the Agape Village Foundation established in 2012, as well as children from the local village.
“The campus was incredible and the children were so beautiful, kind and precious. I enjoyed spending time with them,” Prezioso said. “Zambia is a very special place full of wonderful people.”
Prezioso received the 2018 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award and has more than 10 years of service at NCC.
“In early childhood education, we describe teaching as an art and a science. Students learn this concept in the very first course. As an early childhood faculty member, I demonstrate this concept for students in a practical way,” Prezioso said. “The science of teaching is the easy part, using research-based strategies to ensure student retention and success. The art of teaching is the challenge, creatively using the strategies to create a positive learning environment for students.”
The NCC Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares graduates to work with children from birth through age 8 in diverse learning environments. For more information, call 252-451-8317.