Antioch, Illinois, Native Selected For Peace Corps Service in Sierra Leone

Name: Jonathan Bieschke

Hometown: Antioch, Illinois

College:Carroll University

Major: English literature

Jonathan Bieschke, 23, of Antioch, Illinois, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Sierra Leone on August 3 to begin training as a secondary education English teacher. This program is the first to re-enter Sierra Leone after Peace Corps suspended its programs due to the Ebola outbreak. As an education volunteer, Bieschke will work at the community level to teach English to students in seventh through 10th grade. He will empower youth to live healthy, productive and active lives by improving extra-curricular activities and life skills classes.

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Cross Plains, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Sierra Leone

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Joshua Utter, 22, of Cross Plains, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Sierra Leone June 17 to begin training as an education volunteer. Utter will live and work in a community to teach English as a second language to secondary-level students.

Utter is the son of Sheila and Thomas Utter and a graduate of Edgewood High School in Madison, Wis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2013. 

Utter was inspired by his high school history teacher, Wade DallaGrana, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho more than 30 years ago. Continue reading “Cross Plains, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Sierra Leone”

Lake Forest, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Sierra Leone

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Stephanie Owen, 27, of Lake Forest, Ill., has taught science and coached tennis at a Colorado high school for four years, but now she will make a difference in the lives of new students — in a rural community halfway across the world. Owen has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Sierra Leone June 17 to begin training as an education volunteer. She will teach science and integrate health and environmental education into her lessons in the community where she lives and works.

Owen’s sense of adventure and her desire to help the education system in a foreign country inspired her to serve in the Peace Corps.

“I hope to increase my cultural awareness, learn a new language, and to become a part of a new culture,” she said. “I hope this is my first step in starting an international teaching career.” Continue reading “Lake Forest, Ill., native begins Peace Corps service in Sierra Leone”

Beaver Dam, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Sierra Leone

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Ann Katherine Davies, 25, of Beaver Dam, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Sierra Leone June 17 to begin training as a science education volunteer. As a secondary education science teacher, Davies will make a difference teaching science in the classroom and engaging in other school and community activities.

Davies first learned of the Peace Corps from a presentation in her eighth-grade social studies class. She still remembers the returned Peace Corps volunteer, who served in Nepal, discussing the cultural exchange he participated in. Years later, the experience motivated Davies to apply for service.

“The overall feeling of wanting to do Peace Corps, to help others is what stuck with me,” she said. “I enjoy learning and experiencing other cultures.” Continue reading “Beaver Dam, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Sierra Leone”