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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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Focus on Mothers

Posted on Apr 8, 2017

Focus on Mothers

Leading up to Mothers’ Day in May we’d like to put our focus on all the Moms who are connected to Spitler School.  Many of our teachers are Moms, and we certainly have Moms and Grandmothers scattered far and wide who help Spitler School through their financial support. Many of our students have amazing Moms. We’d like to recognize a few of the special Moms of Spitler School. Between now and Mothers’ Day we would also like to invite you to honor a special Mom with a donation to Spitler School. We’d be happy to recognize your special Mom with an acknowledgment on our Facebook Page or...

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Spitler Teacher Receives National Recognition

Posted on Mar 29, 2017

Spitler Teacher Receives National Recognition

“The more you try, the greater the results you have. Everything is in your hands” Words of wisdom from 28-year-old Chhiv Ley, sixth grade teacher at Spitler School and this year’s recipient of Cambodia’s Outstanding Educator Award. Chhiv Ley was selected after an exhaustive evaluation to be honored as this year’s “Techo Sen Champion” for all of Cambodia! She began her teaching career at Spitler School in 2011. She received training at South East Asia University and obtained her Teacher’s Certificate from the Provincial Teacher Training College in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “It was obvious...

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