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kosair.org LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.16 29 Denis Colman, 29, teaches geography to O-level students (American equivalent: grades 7-10) Parentless as a child — his mother and father were killed when he was 10 — Colman "grew up as myself, with no relatives to support me." At Collegiate, Colman found American students "responsible and knowing how to manage their time effectively," something he will now try to teach at home, along with team-building. He enjoyed opening Louisville students' minds to his country. "They think Ebola is everywhere," he says. "One student asked me, 'Do you have Ebola?' I say, 'Yes, I have it, but I left it at home!'" His favorite American foods? Pizza, burgers and hot dogs, prohibitively expensive in Africa. "The first week I ate a lot of pizza and burgers," Colman says, "so I could feel, 'Yes, I'm rich!'" Eunice Mঞli, 47, teaches social studies, grades 5-7 Now in her 22nd year of teaching, Mtili marveled at how the lesson plans here are "written on the board, so the students know what's next. That is so good." While teaching a lesson at Collegiate devoted to Africa, she "demonstrated how women can walk for five miles searching for water, with their basket on their head and a baby on their back." The teacher loved the look of Louisville. "Everywhere is covered in green, and we don't see dust," she says. Elineema Kileo, 32, teaches informaঞon and communicaঞons technology, grades 1-4 As advanced as St. Jude is over the underserved government schools that he attended as a child, Kileo sees much room for improvement. "Back home, we mostly learn from books. Here, if students are studying rocks, teachers make sure they touch them. That's one of the things we will take to our education system," he says. He also wants to implement a big change in computer sciences. "Children here are learning things like coding, the language of the computer. In Tanzania, very few learn coding, and we don't need to be behind." Pendo Jeremiah, 38, teaches chemistry to A-level students (American equivalent: grades 11 and 12) For Jeremiah, American students are a contradiction. "They are very competitive, from sports activities to taking leadership roles at a young age," she says. "(But) when they queue up for lunch, everybody is friend, no scrambling or fighting to be first." Many American cultural aspects delighted her, such as how families keep dogs as pets, not as guards, and how they eat something sweet after dinner.