Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Our Teachers

Dear Friends, 
I am introducing you all the very first group of our teachers. Lets welcome them to Nepal! 

Jon Catalano

Jon was born in Buffalo, New York but has seen, worked and traveled to many parts of the States, Italy and South America.  He graduated with an Engineering Science degree before moving on to studying Mathematics and Teaching through the SUNY system in New York.
With education all around him, Jon grew up in the presence of many teachers, from elementary to university level, from both side of his family. He has worked and taught with a wide range of people. Running scout programs with younger children to teaching and tutoring in high school and college.  He has also has the experience of working at elevated heights, using his skills to instruct the newer climbers.
He is delighted to becoming a part of the Sarswati Foundation and hopes to be able to continue his personal goal of helping others in the world improving their lives.

Daniel Dittrick

Daniel grew up in a small town outside of Cleveland, Ohio in the US.  After receiving his BA from Dartmouth College in Classical Languages and Literature, he went on to pursue a masters degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford’s Department of Peace Studies.  Originally inspired and struck by the practical power of nonviolence from a high school class titled “Gandhi, King, and Conflict
Resolution”, Daniel is excited to harness these philosophies while working at the Sarswati Peace School.
A traveler at heart, Daniel completed a cross-country bicycle trip with a non-profit group raising money and building homes across the United States.  Witnessing the effects of generosity and selflessness, he also sensed the dire need for equal opportunity in education.  After a study trip in Sri Lanka, he further realized that “peace”, as a word, can have different interpretations in each culture around the world.  For him, it was awe-inspiring to meet such passionate people who struggled for the benefit of others and who would keep struggling in face of all adversity because they knew it was the right thing to do

Catalin Petruccio
Caitlin grew up in New Hyde Park, New York.  She went to school in Boston where she graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Human Services.  While there she traveled throughout the Middle East studying Arabic language, culture and social conflict. She also spent time in India working with local NGOs
Caitlin has worked with children ages 3- 17 for over seven years in many different capacities.  She spent most of her summers as a camp counselor for young children and tutored inner-city students during the academic year.  She has taught subjects ranging from civic engagement to personal hygiene and sanitation.  She loves working with children, particularly in India and is incredibly excited to join the Sarswati Team in July!
More updates to follow..

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