FACULTY AND STAFF
Kristi Costellow, Principal
LEVEL ONE TEACHERS:
LEVEL TWO TEACHERS:
LEVEL THREE TEACHERS:
Katie Jo Serrano
TERANGA TO CAREER TEACHERS:
Teranga Academy is designed in partnership with the Fugees Family, Inc. to support teens and their families who are new to the United States and to American schools. Teranga Academy is open to Bowling Green Junior High and Bowling Green High School students who have been in the United States for three years or less, are multilingual, and have had their formal education interrupted. Students participate in one of three levels at the academy for a maximum of three academic years. Teranga Academy is an English immersion program, focused on transitioning to a new country with trauma-informed practices and culturally responsive teaching.
Courses include foundational reading and math, music, art, language support, and recreational soccer to build community among the students.
Teranga is a Sengalese word that means hospitality, respect, community, solidarity, and sharing. The logo is adapted from the Fugees Family logo, with the BGISD’s colors and Statue of Liberty, representing hope, freedom, and justice.
“Teaching there is no shame in being a beginner and that acquiring a complex skill requires starting with the basics is a way to show belief in our students.”
CEO FUGEES FAMILY, INC.
- WKYU NPR: Academy for New Arrivals to US Prepping for Second Year, August 2023
- WKU Herald: 'There's No Shame in Being A Beginner,' May 2023
- Kentucky Teacher, December 2022
- KET Kentucky Edition: August 2022
- WBKO: Teranga Meet and Greet, March 2022
- WNKY: Teranga Academy Opening, March 2022