Black Hills State University elementary education major, Bailee Clarkson, senior from Belle Fourche, discovered some familiar faces while student teaching abroad in Ennis, Ireland.
When Clarkson arrived in Ireland she posted her status on Facebook to let her family and friends know she had arrived safely. A few hours later she had a message from recent BHSU graduate Jenny Enos, and her husband, Luke, who is a former BHSU basketball player. Luke is currently playing basketball for Moycullen, a village outside of Galway, Ireland. It turned out the couple was living only about an hour from where Clarkson was studying. The friends met in Galway and now have plans to spend the Thanksgiving holiday together. Clarkson finds this comforting since she left her family and her fiancé after getting engaged only a few weeks before she left for Ireland.
Clarkson is doing her student teaching at Doora NS, a small country school outside of Ennis with only four classrooms. The classrooms are multiage with four teachers and four special needs assistants. She works with third through sixth grade students and is learning a great deal about the culture and the Irish language. Clarkson plans to graduate from BHSU in December and hopes to stay in the area and teach.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016