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Starkey Hearing Foundation Visit

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Starkey Hearing Foundation Visit

Spitler School was pleased to receive a visit from representatives of the Starkey Hearing Foundation in May. According to Foundation’s website and the World Health Organization, more than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, with the greatest prevalence living in developing countries. Most cannot afford hearing aids or even have access to the care they need. Teachers at the school identified six children they thought may have hearing issues and the Starkey team came out to conduct some examinations. At first the kids were a bit nervous about the whole experience even though  one...

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Sondra’s Experience at Spitler School

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Sondra’s Experience at Spitler School

~Sondra Murphy, Librarian, Massachusetts, USA I fell in love with Cambodia on an impromptu visit to Siem Reap two years ago.  I was only in Siem Reap for one week, but I never forgot the sights, smells, and smiles I encountered. After returning to my job in the States, I would sit in my office and day dream about returning to Cambodia. I wanted to volunteer and give back to the people who had so touched my heart. Every day on my lunch break I would scour the internet for work or volunteer opportunities offered by trusted NGO’s, but there weren’t very many available. I found the...

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Kitty’s Workshop

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Kitty’s Workshop

A big challenge  facing our English teachers is providing meaningful instruction to  students with varying levels of English proficiency within each classroom. We were very fortunate to have Kitty Johnson volunteer her time on a Saturday morning to share some creative techniques with the English teachers from Spitler and Kurata schools.  Kitty is one of four English Language Fellows sponsored by the US Embassy in Cambodia. Her host institution in Siem Reap is the Center for Khmer studies, where she teaches a class in Academic English for archaeologists and historians hoping to study in an...

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Chlong Reoun (Sarin’s Mother)

Posted on May 4, 2017

Chlong Reoun (Sarin’s Mother)

Chlong Reoun will be celebrating her 84th birthday this year! Chlong Reuon married her husband, Chea Reth sometime in the 1960s and the couple  had nine children. The family lived in the countryside and worked as rice farmers, fished and sold vegetables in the market.  Although Sarin’s mother never went to school, she had skills in budgeting and managing money for the family. Reth was educated and served as a  soldier in the Non Lol government party until the Khmer Rouge  regime. The hardships the family endured during this time are hard to imagine. When asked to recall some happy times with...

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Ardoth Kessler (Pam’s Mother)

Posted on May 4, 2017

Ardoth Kessler (Pam’s Mother)

Pam Spitler’s mother, Ardoth Kessler, was born in Michigan USA in 1929. She was a wife and mother to three children and worked many different jobs to help her family. In 1965 she experienced a mother’s worst tragedy when her oldest son, Lugene, made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country during the Vietnam War. Despite this devastating loss Ardoth endured and continued to live her life with kindness and warmth. She moved from Michigan to Arizona where she cared for the elderly as a professional caregiver until she retired. She was a great mother to her two remaining children and a...

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Nell Rae Spitler (Danny’s Mother)

Posted on May 4, 2017

Nell Rae Spitler (Danny’s Mother)

Danny Spitler’s mother, Nell Rae Spitler, was born in 1923 in the state of Oklahoma USA. Her birthday falls on Mother’s Day this year (May 14) and she will celebrate her 94th birthday. Nell Rae was a dedicated wife and mother to four children.  She was a talented musician and was always expanding her skills and learning. After her children were old enough she returned to college and received her bachelor’s degree. She became a proficient painter, photographer, and lecturer. Her passion was travel, and she visited over 50 countries. She was an adventurist traveler and visited countries like...

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