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Bailee Clarkson (left), senior Black Hills State University education major from Belle Fourche, recently discovered familiar faces while student teaching thousands of miles from home. Jenny Enos (middle), and her husband, Luke, currently live in Ireland where Luke plays basketball for Moycollen. The friends found each other through a Facebook posting and now have plans to spend the Thanksgiving holiday together.
A friend of Clarkson’s gave her a stuffed Yellow Jacket mascot before she left for Ireland and she has been taking him to various landmarks across Ireland, including Dingle, The Ring of Kerry, Aghadoe Heights, and Bunratty, Ballynalacken, and Ballynahinch Castles. Here he is seen at the Cliffs of Moher, which we’ve been told is his personal favorite.

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.