Cairn’s School of Education Returns to Hungary

Hungary-2016-GroupFrom February 19–28, Cairn University’s School of Education once again sent a team to the annual SHARE Family Education Conference in Siofok, Hungary. SHARE Education Services is an organization founded by Cairn alumnus Wes Willis ’63 to address the unique educational needs of missionary families serving in Eastern Europe and other areas of the world.
Every year, families travel to the conference to gain homeschooling resources, complete diagnostic evaluations for struggling learners, and participate in standardized tests to help keep children on track with North American school systems. While the parents attend workshops and consultations with professional educators, the children and teens enjoy a time of fun and learning in a group setting.
Hungary-2016-StudentsThe Cairn team was led again this year by full-time missionary and adjunct professor, Dr. Judy Severns. Mrs. Deborah Schrader, academic assistant in the School of Education, co-led the team and served as lead teacher in a class for five-year-olds. Senior Becca Watson (PK-4 Education) and juniors Becky Dillingham (PK-4 Education), Amanda Kloth (Secondary English Education), and Gabby Schrader (Social Work) gained classroom experience by serving as assistant teachers in the children’s program. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, the team spent time connecting with missionary families and sharing about their experiences as Cairn University students.
“It was an amazing experience that gave me a deeper understanding of what it means to be a missionary for Christ,” Amanda shared.
Following the conference, the team spent a full day touring Budapest with Cairn alumna Danielle Rodriguez ’14. Danielle is currently teaching at the International Christian School of Budapest and lives just outside the city. The team thanks the Lord for health, safe travel, and a time of rich connection with the SHARE staff and missionary families.


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