Sand Through My Toes

My big adventure in the sand

So Proud …. 14 Future Pilots!!

I am not sure if it is the Ticonderoga Testing Pencil, the long days of teaching, the English immersion 24 – 7 with access to the teachers as they walk to and fro from the bathroom, eating in the DFAC, or just sitting on the bench in the courtyard, and/or the hard work put forth by the students that want to fly and improve their country that had 14 students receiving their English Language Completion certificates at graduation!!  Another successful group of future pilots are on their way and are now attending pilot training with the military and some contractors, too!!

For the next three months, 4 DoDEA teachers and 2 DLI Instructors will do their best to ensure that another group of wanna be pilots will graduate and walk the stage in early March to receive their diploma!   With the success rate that we have had, we expect anywhere between 10 – 14 to graduate once again — there are 38 students in the program ranging from 40 – 70 on the English proficiency exam, with 80 being the magic number to graduate!   Thank goodness I still have Ticonderoga’s to pass out on test day!! 🙂

Here are some pics with the students — some graduates, some still in the program!  In my handwritten journal, “Only This Shit can Happen Here” has many funny stories about some of the students that will need to be shared over a few beers and not here! Thank goodness the abundance of pics will be able to accompany the stories…….


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4 thoughts on “So Proud …. 14 Future Pilots!!

  1. Laura V. on said:

    Congrats, Kelly-san. I’m sure it’s their motivation … to impress their awesome teacher…( as well as to fly) that has them doing so well. Proud of you. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  2. Adventure suits you!

  3. Penelope on said:

    Well, It is hard to believe that 1/2 of the year is gone. Several shapened pencils later and you continue to amaze me with your passion and spirit. School is ever changing and we miss you dearly. We have made some grea improvements over these past few months. I am very proud of who we are today. Looking forward to hearing about the next adventure you have as the days pass.

  4. Uncle Craig on said:

    I love your drill sargent pose….sometimes that what it takes to get your point accross! Cherish these moments as you will makes some life long friends. I just attended a pilot training class reunion of guys that I instructed in the finer art of slipping the surly bonds about 42 years ago….circa 1970!! We had a great time and most of them recounted how they enjoyed my teaching techniques.

    Stay safe and check 6.

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