I spent my first two months doing curriculum development, researching, gathering materials and resources. I spent time monitoring classes at the Omaha nation language program in Macy, which was very helpful. This is my first semester teaching the Omaha language to grades K through 8th. This is the small classroom in the library for students in the lower grades. I move to a larger classroom for students 5th through 8th grade. I focus on colors, numbers, days and months, animals and common greetings, history and culture. This is the first time that the Omaha language has been offered at St Augustine Indian Mission and my first time teaching it as well. Although I have been an educator for many years now, this is quite different. I am so proud to be able to be a part of this very special project. I really enjoy working with my young Omaha relatives and it is a real challenge connecting with the older students, trying to peek their interest. I will be forever grateful to Father Dave of St Augustine's for his vision and offering me this unique, unprecedented opportunity.
|Some of my Omaha relatives learning the Omaha language & culture.|