Ohio STAR Discovery Educator Ketsana Phommalee recently received her masters degree in Education Media Design and Technology through Full Sail University. She was named the recipient of the program’s Advanced Achievement Award for her academic excellence.
Ketsana’s story is pretty exceptional. Here’s what she shared about her journey:
My name is Ketsana Phommalee. I was born in a small village in Laos. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, even when the school I attended was very poor. My “school” was actually just four poles holding up a weak roof. The students did not have chairs, desks, or books. We used slates and chalks that the teachers provided us for the day. I had to walk through a creepy, scary cemetery to get to school. I remember loving all my teachers. I would stay after school to clean for them. Since they lived right near the school, I would stop by and help pull weeds from their gardens, just so I could spend more time with them.
When I was eight years old, my family had to flee Laos because of political persecution. We had to live in the Thailand Refugee Camp for over two years.
I was eleven years old when I first learned to speak, write, and read my ABC’s. I have been a teacher for the past 16 years and I still can’t believe that I get paid for working with my students, helping them to love reading, writing, use technology and learning everyday. I can’t believe that I am living in America, the land of my dreams, but I am doing what I have always wanted to do-working with students and helping them find success in school and life!
I bet you’ve had adventures along your path. We want to know about them and share them. Have you been recognized in your local newspaper? Have you been published? Were you featured in an article or nominated for an award? We know STAR Discovery Educators are doing amazing things, but we don’t always hear about it. So take a moment to toot your own horn. Tell us about it. We want to brag about you too!