“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.” SSF teachers and staff, along with the teachers and staff of Global ADE’s Stephen Mazujian Middle School and high school, took that quote to heart on a retreat this month. For this trip, they chose to visit the Cambodian provinces of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri. These sparsely populated provinces, located in the far Eastern part of the country, gave our staff the opportunity to learn from ethnic tribes residing in the region. These areas are also distinctive for their beautiful forests, waterfalls, and a cooler mountain climate. Additionally, because SSF and Global ADE staff were combined on the retreat, they enjoyed learning from each other, sharing experiences, and building relationships.

SSF looks forward to any opportunity it has to recognize our hardworking staff, especially the classroom teachers, who are dedicated and care deeply about the children they teach. Although in earlier years we were able to fund a short field trip or picnic for the staff, our budget has not allowed this for several years. We were very grateful for a donation this year from Irvin Spitler, who designated his donation for a well-deserved staff field trip.

The teachers and staff from all schools, along with their families, send their THANKS to Mr. Spitler for his generous donation, which made this learning experience possible.