Erin Cole

I am the director of Education at the House of Hope Orphanage in Zacapa, Guatemala. I am a teacher from St.Paul, Minnesota.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

On April 14 we went on a field trip to the local zoo. It was such a fun day. The kids had a great time. Here the zookeeper is explaining the zoo and rules to us. Posted by Hello

Oasis students watching while the zookeeper wakes up the crocodiles! Posted by Hello

Hector and Manuel get brave and pet the python! Posted by Hello

This is me with all the Oasis teachers at our field trip to the Zacapa zoo. We are holding a 170 pound Royal Python. I'll bet that doesn't happen on every zoo trip! Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Erin speaking to parents at conferences Posted by Hello

Erin and Donna Richardson at Pasabien waterfall. Donna is visiting from Calvary Worship Center in Minneapolis, MN. Posted by Hello

Erin and Debbie at the top of Ipala Volcano in Chiquimula Posted by Hello

Mission Zoe youth group at the top of Ipala Volcano, which we climbed during Spring Break Posted by Hello

Debbie Lyon and Erin at a ranch in the mountains near Zacapa on Easter weekend Posted by Hello

Parent teacher conferences

Friday, April 8 we had our first Parent teacher meeting. It was very successful. We had a great turn out. We started with a general meeting where I addressed all parents with general school information and announcements. The teachers also greeted the parents. We sang the Guatemalan national anthem. One of the teachers, Jenny led the group in the song. Then the parents all went to meet with each teacher and receive report cards.
One of the hightlights was that we were able to have laptop computers on the students' desks showing projects they have been working on.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

End of Unit 1

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pedro Luis, who likes to be called Peter and Melvin in their first grade classroom.  Posted by Hello

Estuardo, Santos, Erin and Blanca at the sixth grade graduation. Posted by Hello

Chicken Pox (Varicela)

A week ago, the first grade teacher, Miss Odeth called me on Sunday afternoon. She told me she had the chicken pox. We had just finished our Spring Break week and were ready to start back to school. I didn't know what we would do without her! We only have one teacher for each class. Except Kindergarten, which has an assistant teacher. So I put the Kindergarten teacher in First Grade for the week. Things went very well in both classes. I was impressed by the teachers' flexibility. Miss Odeth called me last night and said she is better and will be at school on Mon. Praise the Lord!


2005 marks the opening of Oasis Christian School. We have 50 students and 8 staff members. We are also happy to have several short term helpers online for this school year. I continue to be the only full time missionary working at the school. I have been blessed and God has added to my strength daily.