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[post written by Vanessa Jozwiak, New Oasis Marketing and Relations Associate]
Student coordinators are an important part of New Oasis’s program. These dedicated individuals typically reside in and work in the communities where our students study. This connection to the local area is important in helping identify opportunities for our students from volunteer work to academic enrichment. In addition, they have connections in schools, churches or other organizations to identify supportive and nurturing host families.
The student coordinators work closely with our partner schools to ensure that students excel academically and socially in their new environments. This past week, New Oasis was excited to welcome our newest coordinators to work with some of our new partner schools.
Vol Lindsey will act as the student coordinator for Battle Ground Academy located outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Vol is a retired English teacher and creative writing teacher currently living in Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Middle Tennessee State University. Vol began his teaching career at Cumberland County High School in Crossville, where he quickly became department chair. A few years later he moved to Sarasota, Florida where he founded The Tabernacle Christian School, which is still in operation. In 1983 he returned to Tennessee schools until 2011 when he retired from Maury County school district. During his teaching career, he welcomed many international students into his classroom. Vol always took the extra time to work with these students on their understanding of the language and articulating their ideas into words. Vol continues to substitute teach in the area and takes time to pursue his passions for poetry and other artistic endeavors.
Vol’s first objective is finding nurturing host families for the students coming into his school. If you, or someone that you know, are interested in learning more about hosting an international student we encourage you submit an inquiry form by clicking here. A student coordinator from the area will be in touch with anyone submitting an information form.