CONWAY, Ark. (August 14, 2013) – Recent Hendrix graduate Sarah Pullen of Richardson,
Texas, will be moving to Rwanda in September to serve as the principal at Nsinda
Ikirezi Primary School.
Pullen previously worked at the same school for two months last summer as a volunteer
first- and second-grade teacher.
In her new position, Pullen will be living at the school, teaching fifth- and
sixth-grade students, acting as the liaison for relations to the United States,
and keeping up with the scholarship program she’s running.
In fact, there’s not much she won’t be doing. Pullen will be a teacher, administrator,
mentor, businesswoman, publicity specialist, fundraiser, translator, water-fetcher,
and professional thank-you note writer.
By law, Pullen and her fellow teachers are required to teach in English, but
she is learning to speak Kinyarwanda, the local language, in hopes to decrease the
Pullen initially became interested in Rwanda through her friendship with many
of the Rwanda Presidential Scholars at Hendrix.
“I absolutely loved Rwanda,” she says. “And throughout my last year in college,
I considered many options of what to do with the teaching license I was acquiring
and kept returning to the school to teach there as an option since I had developed
good relationships with the owners of the school and the other teachers there.”
Originally Pullen just planned on accepting only the headmistress position. However,
after thought and prayer, she realized she had access to the richest country in
the world and could better help her school if she started ways for people to donate.
She teamed up with Commission to Every Nation, an inter-denominational organization
that sends out missionaries to wherever they feel called and to pursue whatever
they feel called to do as long as it aligns with Christian philosophy. As a licensed
non-profit, they allow Pullen to accept donations from individuals in the United
States to use at her school.
At some point Pullen might expand the school to include a high school or work
with the general education infrastructure in Rwanda but for now, Pullen plans on
staying at Nsinda Ikirezi Primary School until her faith calls her elsewhere.
“Perhaps it fits the most in the way that Hendrix has never been about training
someone for a job so much as it’s training for someone as a person,” she says. “That
works well for me since I won’t be working a typical ‘job’ anyway.”
To learn more about Pullen’s project, visit
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