As the DRSEA closes out its second semester of classes, we are looking forward to expanding in 2014.
We welcomed our inaugural 15 students last January, took a summer break, and resumed in September, continuing with a heavy concentration in English, as well as a new teacher, Christine Kitts, an East Tennessee native who holds a degree in education from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been teaching in the Dominican Republic since the fall of 2008, and her teaching experience includes both classroom and individual settings. This year, she is one of the 4th grade teachers at The Palms Christian School in San Pedro de Macoris, where the DRSEA classes are taught.
“I understand how important it is for these kids to get a good education,” Kitts said. “Most will not become the baseball players they imagine they will, so it is important for them to have other opportunities to succeed in life. And even if they do succeed in baseball, they need that education in order to appreciate that life as well.”
The next step in the evolution of the DRSEA is to expand English classes, include more students, and next summer open to international students as well as Dominicans with a two-month orientation program, then immersing them in a full academic curriculum.
We have had inquiries from potential students all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Ghana, and Venezuela. We are now taking applications for new Dominican students as well as international students and a preliminary data form is available on our website, www.drsea.org.