December JLS Highlights


Swimming is often mentioned as the highlight for December JLS – so we gave swimming it’s own post. Here are some other classroom highlights:

Kindergarten: Our students loved making Gingerbread cookies. It was a 3 day project – mixing the dough, cutting out the cookies and decorating them, and eating!

The 1/2 grade class learned about holidays around the World.

Learning about St. Lucia Day
Holidays around the World

The 3/4 grade class did a fun 3-day project making globes.

End of Day 1

Day 2 – painting the oceans

Day 3 – adding the continents-

5/6 grade class made topographical maps of the United States.

The end of December JLS means Christmas! But it also means that we have to say good-bye to some of our friends. We gathered on the last day for our pinning ceremony. Each student has a pin with their initials that is pinned to where they are living. Students who were moving changed their pins to recognize their change in location. We also prayed for our friends who were going back to the village and some who were leaving to go to the States.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Program


This year, we combined our JLS Christmas Program with the International Church of Yaounde’s (ICCY) worship service on Sunday, December 15th.

3-year old preschool.

The 3-year old preschool sang in French: Bonjour, Les Amis and Noël, Noël. They were a bit nervous to be in front of all of those people.

4-year old preschool and Kindergarten

The 4-year old Preschool and Kindergarten class sang  Baby Jesus We Love You & O How I Love Jesus.

1st-6th Grade

The 1st-6th graders performed the program, Signs of Christmas by Pam Andrews. Their favorite song was Deck the Halls.

It is common in Cameroon to have matching outfits made for special occasions. Don’t they look great in their Christmas outfits?!

Merry Christmas!

International Teacher’s Day


October 5 is International Teacher’s Day. To celebrate in Cameroon, there is a special fabric made (in two colors). Teachers can choose their fabric color and have an outfit made just for them. So fun to celebrate our First Semester Teachers by matching.

It took us a while to all have the outfits made, so we wore our outfits every Tuesday until we had a day when the entire staff was there wearing their outfits and we could take a picture. The day finally arrived on December 3 – only 2 months behind 🙂

December 2017 – Swimming & Singing


SWIMMING – As part of the December Joint Learning Session, our students participated in 10-days of swimming lessons at various commercial pools in Yaounde. It is a highlight for our students and they make great progress.

SINGING – Students also worked hard to learn the words to songs for our Christmas Program. Many students had speaking and solo parts as they honed their performance skills.  It was an evening of recognizing the colors of Christmas that remind us of Jesus’ birth.



Photo credit: Jason Carmean

Our Staff, 2017-18


Every year, the make-up of our staff changes a bit.  Some are in Cameroon long-term, some for a few years and some for just one year.  For however long each person is here, we know that God brought them to work with us for just this time…for just this class and these students.  God is faithful!

Meet the staff of the 2017-18 school year.


Mary Santos, FES Coordinator (Principal)


Christy Carmean, ERC Manager


Barbara Lane, Grade 5 & 6 Teacher


Tracy McLean, Grade 3 & 4 Lead Teacher


Lori Gassler, Grades 3 & 4 Co-Teacher


Megan Smith, Grade 1 & 2 Teacher


Teresa Lee, Kindergarten Teacher


Heidi Boeckel, Preschool Teacher

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Renee Isaac, French Teacher

Needs for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Grade 3 & 4 teacher (combination class)
  • Homeschool teacher/tutor – teach the children of missionaries living in the village


New Beginnings



Joint Learning Session, August 2017


The 2017-18 school year began with almost 3 weeks of a Joint Learning Session.  Home school students and The Greenhouse students learned together about Ancient Rome, writing research papers, science and reviewed their math.  They learned to play basketball better and how to tie knots and how to use them!  It was a full three weeks of learning and fun!