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By: Sarah Jayne Bleiweis

*I teach because I have an earnest desire to make a difference in the world...

*I teach because I believe in education as "painting on a human canvas"...

 *I teach art because my paintbrush is my best tool for change ... being my ability to not only create art, but to teach & inspire my passion for art in others...

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During those first few difficult months of teaching in Bethlehem, I was struggling to cope with the harsh realities of the surrounding conflict and my 1stcrash-course experience in teachingthe classroom.  I found myself fighting back the feelings of hopelessness & despair, while questioning my ability to really make a difference in the world.  As I look back now, I realize that it wasn't so much about ME and the difference that I could make in the world, but instead it was more about the Palestinian teachers AND students at the school who were the ones who really made THE DIFFERENCE in my world, as they helped and inspired me to be resilient like them, and continue on.

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