For Immediate Release
Elise Villemez, Senior Program Officer
(Randy Barrette/Menifee County High School/Frenchburg, KY
Awarded Department of State Fellowship
To Host (Maris Montes/ An Educator From Uruguay)
Washington, D.C., January 9, 2012 – Mrs. Maris Montes from Uruguay has been awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State to participate in the Educational Seminar: 2012 Uruguay Educator Exchange Program. She is one of 16 educators who have been selected from Uruguay to participate. She will be hosted by Randy Barrette, Spanish and World Cultures Teacher at Menifee County High School in Frenchburg. She will visit from 4 – 16 February. Mr. Barrette is one of 15 U.S. Educators who has also been awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State, and will travel to Uruguay for two weeks in the summer of 2012 for the reciprocal component of this exchange.
Students, faculty, staff of the Menifee County school district, as well as community members of Menifee County, are encouraged to participate by hosting Mrs. Montes in their homes, classrooms, and at community or school-related activities. The program seeks to introduce the participant to the entire community, giving her a well-rounded experience and view of both the K-16 education system and social life in this part of the country. Please contact Mr. Barrette via email to become involved, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Educational Seminar: 2012 Uruguay Educator Exchange Program is a short-term, mutual exchange opportunity for U.S. and Uruguay school principals and teachers. The program provides a short-term professional development opportunity for U.S. and Uruguay educators to share best practices on issues of mutual interest to their schools, students and communities. The Uruguay educators spend two weeks in U.S. schools with their U.S. partners in February 2012 and the U.S. educator’s travel to Uruguay for two weeks this summer in their partners’ schools. The program is individualized through collaboration between partners and focuses on teaching strategies/instruction, the development of joint educational projects, personnel administration, school systems and management, global issues and culture, curriculum development, student affairs, and/or educational policy.
The Educational Seminar Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world through academic, cultural, and professional exchanges. Currently, Educational Seminars are administered with Argentina, Brazil, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and Uruguay. The program is implemented by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS (http://www.americancouncils.org/es).
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