Fall 2019 – Greenhouse class pictures

5/6 Grade Class – Teacher Mrs. Barb Lane
3/4 Grade Class – Teacher Miss Melissa Dillenbeck
(Helper Abby the dog)
1/2 Grade Class – Teachers Mrs. Elizabeth Roettele and Mrs. Lori Shinar
Kindergarten class – Mrs. Renee Isaac
4 year old Preschool Class – Teacher Mrs. Rachel Penkoff
(Kindergarten joins with the Preschool class on Monday and Wednesday mornings)
Three year old French Immersion Preschool
Teacher – Miss Monique Um

The Amazing Squad Egg Drop


As part of the 1/2 grade science class, the students were tasked to drop an egg off the balcony without it breaking.

The first day – they tried with plastic Easter Eggs.

The second day they used hard boiled eggs.

The final test on the third day was with real eggs. Unfortunately – all the eggs broke. The class is learning that with engineering, as well as many other things in life, you often don’t get it right the first time.

Mr. Shinar, an engineer, came later to work with the students to find success in their project.

The First Egg drop with Mr. Shinar included a pillow and a parachute. The egg did not break.

The second time, they tried to decide what was necessary and what was extra, so they took away the pillow and left the parachute. Again, the egg did not break.

The third and final time, they used padding from the pillow, but took away the parachute. The egg broke this time.

The main goal was to tackle a hard project and to realize that failure is part of the learning process. Through many failures and some successes the students learned about trying, failing, asking for help, rethinking and trying again.

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!