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Collum leaving Courier for position in El Salvador

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Melissa Collum pictured with two students from HIP Academy, Kenya. Collum started a program that collects used soccer balls to give away in the developing nations where she works.

By Melissa R. Collum

There are times in one’s life that you have to look at your priorities and make the decisions to return to the things that bring you the most joy.
As a life-long educator, teaching and working with educators has not only been my career but also my passion. My profession has afforded me opportunities to travel and work around the world; using my skills to try and make a difference in the lives I have touched.
Many of you may know that I consult with groups, schools, and educational systems around the world. I work with them to help implement best educational practices for the needs and edification of their students, educators, and development of their country. This is something that I have been doing for over 20 years and it enhances my work in my classrooms in the United States.
When the opportunity to implement, first hand, some of these practices I have been working on in El Salvador arose, I decided to seize the moment. Not only will I be working on professional development for the educators of the country, I will also have the opportunity to step back into the high school history classroom, which is where my teaching career began, so long ago, in East Africa.
Although I will be abroad, I am not leaving the Prairie du Chien community and will return when my work is completed. I might even submit a column to the Courier Press about my journey.
Thank you, Prairie du Chien and surrounding communities for entrusting me to be your voice for news and community engagement. My last edition, as editor of the Courier Press, is July 5 and I will continue writing until July 10.

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