Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Showing her work

Student creates Web guide for interns teaching in Bhutan

A new website created by Amelia Jackson ’16 aims to help college students get accustomed to teaching at Jigme Losel Primary School, one of the most popular “Practicum in Bhutan” options for participants in the Wheaton in Bhutan program.

A new website created by Amelia Jackson ’16 aims to help college students get accustomed to teaching at Jigme Losel Primary School, one of the most popular “Practicum in Bhutan” options for participants in the Wheaton in Bhutan program. Each semester, the college sends a Wheaton faculty member and eight to 12 students from Wheaton and other colleges to study at Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan.

Students heading to Bhutan through the Wheaton/Royal Thimphu College Partnership Program can receive some extra help if they choose to teach at a local grammar school for their “Practicum in Bhutan” course, thanks to a fellow student.

Amelia Jackson ’16 has created a new website that helps college students get accustomed to leading classes at Jigme Losel Primary School, a popular placement option for participants in the Wheaton in Bhutan program. Each semester, the college sends a faculty member and eight to 12 students from Wheaton and other colleges to study at Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan.

Jackson’s website offers tips that teachers can use right from the beginning.

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Letting art speak

Junior supports, spreads creativity across China

Silu Lin ’17

Silu Lin ’17

About four years ago, teenager Silu Lin ’17 was visiting a village near her home city of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China, as part of an effort to connect children in need of educational support with people of means. There, she met a young girl who loved to paint.

The girl, about 11 years old, was living with her disabled father and a brother in a small, government-funded room. Without a desk, she created all her artwork on one of two beds the family shared.

“She showed me lots of her drawings, which were really gorgeous,” said Lin, who wondered what other talents lay hidden among children living in these conditions and what stories they might tell. [Read more...]

Returning home to improve health care

Ruth Gakpo ’16 sets up medical sites in Ghana

Ruth Gakpo ’16Ruth Gakpo ’16 knows firsthand the importance of quality health care in curbing disease.

Growing up in Ghana—a small nation in sub-Saharan West Africa—she witnessed family members, friends and neighbors suffer from illnesses such as malaria and cholera. But it wasn’t until she moved to the United States, and experienced its health care system, that she realized that those diseases were not trivial but, in fact, preventable.

“Armed with new awareness and knowledge, I was determined to learn as much as I could about health care and medicine with the hope I could one day treat and care for others so that they, too, might survive,” she said. [Read more...]

New faculty welcomed

Wheaton welcomed three new tenure-track faculty members in fall 2015. Assistant professors Brad Bishop and Aubrey Westfall joined the Political Science Department, and assistant professor Nancy Scott joined the Business and Management Department. [Read more...]