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TERANGA ACADEMY

Teranga Academy Logo

Bowling Green Learning Center
503 Old Morgantown Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Phone: 270-746-2321

FACULTY AND STAFF

Kristi Costellow, Principal

LEVEL ONE TEACHERS:
Ainsley Minton
Liz McClain
Adelle Reyes
Emily Swiney
Hannah Scheidegger

LEVEL TWO TEACHERS:
June Franklin
Leslie Perkins

LEVEL THREE TEACHERS:
Madeline Allen
Katie Jo Serrano

TERANGA TO CAREER TEACHERS:
Zach Brandt
Carter Story

ART:
Erika Walker

MUSIC:
Kelley Wiggins

REC SOCCER:
Daniel Tarnagda
Pierre Espoire

MARTIAL ARTS:
Dalton Sasse

YOGA:
Liz Heller

CULTURAL LIAISONS:
Patricia Allen
Michake Kabera
Luyekecha Panda
Ataullah Tahiri


 

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.

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Teranga Levels & Goals

“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.”

LUMA MUFLEH,
CEO FUGEES FAMILY, INC.

Teranga graduate, Denis at the Moving Up Ceremony

Moving on up! Each semester, Teranga Academy students have the opportunity to “level up.”  

On December 18th, Teranga Academy celebrated 62 students completing one of three academic levels in reading, math, or both, and Denis, successfully completing all levels at Teranga Academy. 

Denis will transition full-time to Bowling Green High School in January to complete his high school coursework.

Annual Talent Show at Teranga Academy

TERANGA IDOL 2023: Students share their talents, build confidence, and practice English on the big stage at the annual talent show.

Kentucky Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman visits Teranga on June 14, and does cardio drumming with students.

Kentucky Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman visits Teranga on June 14, and does cardio drumming with students.

The first graduate of Teranga Academy! Nyota will return to BGHS ready to pursue her dreams!

The first graduate of Teranga Academy! Nyota will return to BGHS ready to pursue her dreams!

Teranga Academy students learning to read music and play ukuleles.

Music In Our Schools Month

Teranga Academy students learning to read music and play ukuleles.

Teranga Academy Trunk or Treat 2022

The Teranga Academy plans celebrations throughout the year to reflect cultures and beliefs within the school community. Learning about Halloween, they hosted a Trunk or Treat with a few community partners stopping by to share treats.

Teranga Academy Trunk or Treat

The Teranga Academy plans celebrations throughout the year to reflect cultures and beliefs within the school community. Learning about Halloween, they hosted a Trunk or Treat with a few community partners stopping by to share treats.

Students beginning the school day with yoga.

Teranga Academy students begin and end school days with movement including yoga or martial arts in the mornings, and soccer in the afternoons. Athletics are built into the school model for students to connect to each other, encourage a team mentality, as well as to promote responsibility and success while students are learning English.

Students practicing martial arts

Teranga Academy students begin and end school days with movement including yoga or martial arts in the mornings, and soccer in the afternoons. Athletics are built into the school model for students to connect to each other, encourage a team mentality, as well as to promote responsibility and success while students are learning English.

First Day of School!

First Day of School!

HOUSE SORTING DAY! Students are divided into four houses for small group activities and competitions throughout the year.

HOUSE SORTING DAY! Students are divided into four houses for small group activities and competitions throughout the year. Meet the four houses: Phoenix | Centaur | Griffin | Chimera.

HOUSE SORTING DAY! Students are divided into four houses for small group activities and competitions throughout the year.

HOUSE SORTING DAY! Students are divided into four houses for small group activities and competitions throughout the year. Meet the four houses: Phoenix | Centaur | Griffin | Chimera.

Teranga Academy Block Party

Teranga Academy Block Party

Coach Daniel works in a small group.

Teranga Academy faculty and staff are the students and soccer players during summer professional learning. 

Luma Mufleh leads a math class taught in Arabic.

Teranga Academy faculty and staff are the students and soccer players during summer professional learning. 

Soccer Drill during summer learning.

Teranga Academy faculty and staff are the students and soccer players during summer professional learning. 

Leslie Perkins leads a group during summer learning.

Teranga Academy faculty and staff are the students and soccer players during summer professional learning. 

bottle cap mural Tree of Change

The “Tree of Change” mural at the Teranga Academy.

The mural was made by Teranga Junior High students in Erika Walker’s art class using over 1,200 bottle caps. The tree represents Teranga: strong, resilient, beautiful, and unique.

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