Jenelle Stolberg

When I first signed up for Antigua, I thought it would be a great experience to have on my journey to becoming a physiotherapist.

That was my plan anyway until I met a woman that we all know and love, Dr. Joanna Sheppard. A woman, who when I told her I was going into physio said to me, “Pfft you’re not a physio, you’re a teacher” to which I replied, “ya right.”

Fast forward to the end of the first day of school in Antigua, Mamma Jo came to pick us up. I hopped into the front seat of the White Knight, she looked at me and then turned her eyes back to the road. After a moment she said, “I told you so.”

And she was right. I felt like (now this might sound cheesy) I had truly found my purpose and my passion. I ended up going back to Antigua with the Champions three more years after that.

This program changes you whether you want it to or not. Those kiddos change you. That Island changes you. Being a part of the Champions teams changes you. There are no words to describe it but the moment you get back home to Canadian soil, you just know.

Since then I have moved to Alberta with my fiancé. I now teach Grade 3/4 with an amazing team of educators and I am loving every second of it. I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Champs on two…

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