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Friday, April 18, 2014

Meet the Belings!

Luke and Kristy Beling are the newest addition to the teaching staff of Whispering Palms School. (Contributed Photo) Whispering Palms School, now in its 26th year of operation on Saipan, is excited to welcome Kristy and Luke Beling to the staff. Kristy is teaching the first and second graders, while Luke is teaching the third and fourth graders.

Luke Beling grew up along the Indian Ocean in East London, South Africa. At 19 he moved to Campbellsville, Kentucky, where he received a tennis scholarship and graduated with a BA in English Literature. He continued his studies while working as the assistant tennis coach for Campbellsville University. In 2009 he graduated with an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. After spending a year teaching in Beijing, China, he moved to Minnesota to marry his wife, Kristy Beling.

The strong sense of community that is fostered at Whispering Palms School, and the beauty around every corner, has made his welcome to the island of Saipan an unforgettable one.

Kristy Beling grew up on a small fishing resort in Northern Wisconsin. Throughout life she has always enjoyed playing sports, learning about new places, and trying new foods. After high school she traveled and volunteered in places like Swaziland, Mozambique, and Haiti. Through her traveling and volunteering, she realized she loved working with and teaching children from all over the world. Kristy pursued her interest in teaching by obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s of Education from Winona State University. She feels overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to teach the kind-hearted and hard working students at Whispering Palms School. (PR)

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