First Easter in the Global Mercy®Academy

First Easter in the Global Mercy®Academy

Being onboard the Global Mercy over the past few months has been a privilege, a joy and sometimes a challenge! It is very special to be part of the first group of teachers and students to fill these rooms with learning, color, fun and laughter! The Global Mercy...
Persistence

Persistence

Merriam-Webster defines PERSISTENCE as the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people. When I was teaching 5th and 6th grade on the M/V Anastasis, the Junior High and High...
Twin Spirit

Twin Spirit

How does an academy build school spirit when there are no intramural nor intermural sports available, no homecoming, no dances? The staff discussed this question, especially since we are a K-12 school, with numerous grades having three or less students. Since all...
Survival!

Survival!

The AFM has a swimming pool on its top deck which the whole crew enjoys. However, one day it was put to an extraordinary use. Our Safety Officer took the upper grades (6-12) to the pool to learn about survival at sea. First, they had to don the heavy at-sea survival...
Benin: Learning History and Getting Refreshed

Benin: Learning History and Getting Refreshed

Many of the countries we work in have unique historical and cultural stories to tell. Benin was a port for the brutal slave trade, run largely by the Portuguese. On one field trip, we took the upper grades (6-12) to the Musee D’Histoire de Ouidah at the Forte de S....
Global Mercy Academy – A Teacher’s First Impression

Global Mercy Academy – A Teacher’s First Impression

In early December I said goodbye to the Africa Mercy Academy, my home of over 2 years to embark on a new journey to the Global Mercy Academy. I had seen many images of the new academy, the classrooms, and workspaces but I was extremely excited to see it in person! It...