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Susan Rudolph is the Newcomer teacher at Place Bridge Academy in Denver, Colorado.  Most of her students are refugees from countries such as Nepal, Burma, and poor African nations.  These students often need education beyond reading and writing – many of them need to be taught how to turn on the lights or use an indoor restroom.  Ms. Rudolph is constantly reminded how different each cultures is. “We were talking about why a book needs a cover,” Ms. Rudolph recalled, “and one of my students said, ‘So the ants don’t eat the pages.’  Who would think of that here?  But when you live in a place where ants are a major part of your life, you think of such things.” We know many of you can relate to Susan Rudolph.  Being a teacher goes beyond the textbook.  Your kids are fortunate to have you!

Susan Rudolph is the Newcomer teacher at Place Bridge Academy in Denver, Colorado.  Most of her students are refugees from countries such as Nepal, Burma, and poor African nations.  These students often need education beyond reading and writing – many of them need to be taught how to turn on the lights or use an indoor restroom.  Ms. Rudolph is constantly reminded how different each cultures is.

“We were talking about why a book needs a cover,” Ms. Rudolph recalled, “and one of my students said, ‘So the ants don’t eat the pages.’  Who would think of that here?  But when you live in a place where ants are a major part of your life, you think of such things.”

We know many of you can relate to Susan Rudolph.  Being a teacher goes beyond the textbook.  Your kids are fortunate to have you!

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