Meet Amy Okimoto, a 3rd grade teacher from the USA! This summer, she’s partnering with Nepali teachers and administrators to exchange ideas about education.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching for 21 years, including grades K-8, and gifted & talented. I currently teach 3rd grade in Aurora, Colorado.

Why do you teach?

I teach to positively impact the future and build children up by helping them achieve their potential.

What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?

Travel, cook, exercise, cheer on the Broncos, and spend time with friends and family.

Where have you traveled? Is travel important to you?

Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, the Philippines. Travel not only helps you learn about other people and places, but also provides the opportunity to learn about oneself.

What are your strengths as a teacher?

I believe my strength is my ability to nurture students’ spirit and innate curiosity.

What do you believe is the biggest benefit of the TIEs program?

The collaborative effort between the US and Nepali teachers allows the Bhassara students to benefit from multiple perspectives and a wide range of expertise.

What do you hope to learn from your partner teachers?

I hope to learn more about the Pariyatti class, the moral education that is taught as part of the curriculum here at Bhassara. They have 5 “Universal Goodnesses” that they emphasize, and I want to learn about how these influence students’ relationships with each other and with their teachers.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

I’d be a dolphin. They’re free, intelligent, connected to others, and I love the ocean!

Stay tuned to the TIEs blog for more profiles of our Nepali and American teacher participants!

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