Welcome to my blog! I am a Chemistry teacher at Guilderland High School in Guilderland, NY which is just west of Albany. I have been teaching in Guilderland for ten years. In addition to my love of science, I also have an interest in travel. About 12 years ago, my husband and I took a week-long trip to Italy which was amazing! In addition to visiting the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon, we spent much of our time in a rather small town in the Tuscany region. This allowed us to get to know the people of Italy on a more personal level. It was during this trip that I caught the “travel bug.” Since this trip, I have developed a strong interest in not only seeing more of the world but in learning about the cultures of others as well.
Two years ago, I was given a unique opportunity to host a high school Chemistry/Physics teacher from the Philippines at my high school. The College of St. Rose was hosting approximately 16 international teachers for the spring semester thanks to a program known as ILEP: International Leaders in Education, through the U.S. Department of State and IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board). During this time, this teacher was with me at least once a week for approximately ten weeks, learning about our educational system and our culture. During this exchange, I believe that I and my students learned as much about the Filipino culture and educational system as he learned from us, if not more. It was an incredible experience and I still regularly communicate with that teacher today.
Fast forward to this school year. While hosting the teacher from the Philippines, I was made aware that there was a program for U.S. teachers to visit and learn about other countries that was also sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and IREX known as the Teachers for Global Classrooms program. In the spring of last year I applied to this program and in June I found out that I was one of 82 teachers selected from a national pool of candidates for this year’s Fellowship. Part of this Fellowship includes an international field experience. For my field experience, I will be heading off to Morocco this March. Besides learning about the people and culture of Morocco, my goals are to look at how the study of science is approached in Morocco as well as how STEM careers are perceived by females in this culture. My hope is to be able to bring some of this context back into the classroom in order to give my students a more global perspective on how science is used to solve problems globally.
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