Meet the Team at MAN Model Gorontalo

Each week, Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) spend 20 hours co-teaching in classrooms across Indonesia. Co-teaching relationships both in and out of the classroom must be navigated by each ETA and his or her co-teachers. ETAs may work with between one and four co-teachers, depending on the needs of the school. In this special feature, Indonesiaful invited Grace Wivell, a returning ETA for the 2015-2016 grant period, to introduce herself as well as her co-teachers at MAN Model Gorontalo.

The Team at MAN Model Gorontolo. From left to right: Ike, Tuti, Grace (ETA), Vivo, and Mustain.

The Team at MAN Model Gorontolo. From left to right: Ike, Tuti, Grace (ETA), Cici, and Mustain.

Grace B. Wivell (Miss Grace), Returning ETA
Education: Ithaca College, English (Teaching), 2014
First Placement: SMAN 10 Malang

Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Cooking, Riding my bike through rice paddies
Favorite Indonesian Food: Nasi Padang, Tempe, Kangkung, Milo Sirum (I really like Indonesian food)
Favorite Indonesian Word: Semangat!

Why did you apply to become an ETA in Indonesia?
Throughout my four years of studying education, I developed a strong interest in the experience of ELL (English Language Learning) students, and decided to pursue that interest in my graduate studies. A professor recommended I apply to be a Fulbright ETA, and I saw the program as an amazing opportunity to teach, but more importantly to learn: about teaching strategies from teachers who were trained in a context different from my own, about a unique and fascinating culture in which very few Americans have the opportunity to immerse themselves, and about the experience of living long-term in a place where I do not speak the language (which I foresaw as helping me to become a more successfully empathetic ELL teacher).

Why did you return to Indonesia for a second grant period?
A combination of realizing how much I had learned as well as how much I still had to learn brought me back to Indonesia for a second grant period. As I progressed through my first grant, I learned so much about Indonesian culture and teaching, which made the second half of my grant significantly more successful and less stressful. I could not bring myself to turn down the opportunity to build off of all I had learned in order to continue to grow as a teacher and a human being. I also hope that as a returner I am able to use my past experiences to help other ETAs to be more successful throughout their own journeys in Indonesia.

What is the best part of being an ETA?
The best part of my ETA experience has been the connections I have made with people, especially fellow teachers and my students. The best part of any place is the people, and I feel so lucky to be able to meet so many amazing people here.

What is your life’s greatest aspiration?
I envision remaining a classroom teacher for quite some time, but may eventually try to work in teacher training or curriculum development. Either way, I want to continue to serve the young people I love so much to the best of my ability, both within and without the classroom.

Miswarty Ayub (Mam Cici), English Teacher
Education: Gorontalo University, English Studies Program, 2000

Hobbies: Reading and Cooking
Favorite English Word: Great!

Why did you become a teacher?
I like teaching because teaching seems amazing to do. Facing different students’ attitudes, also their different interests to my class, is challenging. Another reason is my mother and father are teachers too. They already have so many students who have success in their life. And they’ve never forgotten them, they still respect them whenever they meet, and sometimes come to their home for giving something like a dress, cookies, even the money, to thank them. So I want to a good teacher like them.

What is the funniest/ best story you have about the ETA you work with?
This is the first time in my life having a neighbor from the west. And it is felt also by my neighbors, but the special thing is we live close, especially with my family, and my daughters are really proud having an American friend. They talk to anybody about it. They are also really happy when Grace greets them in front of their friends when they were playing.

I have also asked Grace to come to my hometown where my mother and father live. They were surprised when Grace kissed their hand because they knew Americans never do like that.

What is the thing you are most proud of?
I’m proud to be a teacher because, to be a teacher I can share my knowledge and I know that someday my students will be a great man or woman.

HestutiIyonu (Tuti), English Teacher
Education: Gorontalo University, English Program

Hobbies: Cooking
Favorite English Word: Love 😀

Why did you become a teacher?
Because I love teaching. I want to share my knowledge with the students.

What is the funniest/ best story you have about the ETA you work with?
We have an activity every Wednesday with Grace to talk about out plan for teaching English and we can share our knowledge, or ideas, for teaching and I’m really happy to have Miss Grace here because she is so smart, energetic, and so friendly. She has many ideas for English teaching and I’m proud of her.

What is the thing you are most proud of?
I’m proud to be a good mother for my children. Because I can be a teacher and I can be a friend to my daughter or my son.

Meyke Daud (Ike), English Teacher
Education: University of Gorontalo (English Language, 2010)

Hobbies: Cooking
Favorite English Word: Love 😀

Why did you become a teacher?
I like to be a teacher because I love teaching, I love students and I think it’s wonderful.

What is the funniest/ best story you have about the ETA you work with?
The most important thing is on time, discipline. I am really proud of my ETA because of it, and I think I must follow it. And other thing of course she is really kind.

What is the thing you are most proud of?
I am proud to become a teacher, because I can love my student, and give them something of what I have.

Mustain (Yally), English Teacher
Education: Haluoleo University, Kendari (Undergraduate Degree)
Malang State University (Master in Education)
Flanders University, South Australia (Master in Education)

Hobbies: Traveling and Playing Tennis
Favorite English Word: Have. (Because “have” has a lot of meanings. For example, you can say “I have gone” and “I have drunk milk” but, “I have a car,” and “I have my lunch” or “I have my breakfast,” or “I have a bath,” or something like that. Many different meanings, but one word.)

Why did you become a teacher?
It happened. I also have my background in school… when I was in senior high school, I was going at a teacher school, not the general senior high school; it was special for teachers.

What is the funniest/ best story you have about the ETA you work with?
I think so far I didn’t find any funny story. But the best part of Grace as the ETA I think is the quality of her teaching. I think that is the best part. I’ve found she manages and she organizes herself very well, always well prepared before she enters the classroom. That’s the best part. I mean, also I can learn from her how to manage yourself, to be a professional teacher.

What is the thing you are most proud of?
I’m really proud of my mom. Basically, she was a great person. To be honest, she didn’t have any school background, was illiterate, but she can manage the kids—she got nine children—even though she couldn’t read, all the sons and daughters are now in good works, excellent life.

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