Jason's school officially opens for classes today (no Labor Day holiday here). He was scheduled to have ten students ranging from 4th - 5th grade, plus two who should be in 6th grade but didn't quite pass last year. Quite a range!
He's been doing teacher in-service days for a little over a week. Here he is on his first day - muy guapo, si?
This is the first time in five years that we have not worked together / been together 24/7. While I'm excited for his job, I can't say I'm excited about not being together. I had always imagined needing time away from my spouse -- my perfect spouse (in my imagination) was one that traveled for work :) with Jason, it has all been different than I imagined. Thank goodness! So, this will be a year of adjusting to having less time together and figuring out how to keep our relationship good in the midst of separation and raising a child.
The school moved to a new campus this summer and it is really lovely! What used to be a very large house, with bedrooms converted into classrooms and beautiful gardens surrounding everything. Inside and out, it is a lot different than schools in the States.
One of AMA's focus' is on educating the local Mayan children which is pretty cool. That being said, the majority of Mayan families cannot pay even the small annual tuition for the school. Milpa has been set up in order to provide sponsored scholarships for these children if you are interested.