8 States Host Foreign Teachers under Program

By Stepzinski, Teresa | The Florida Times Union, October 6, 2002 | Go to article overview

8 States Host Foreign Teachers under Program


Stepzinski, Teresa, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County is among public school systems in eight states hosting teachers in the Visiting International Faculty program.

About 1,800 teachers from more than 40 countries are working at schools nationwide this year, said Ned Glascock, spokesman for the North Carolina-based cultural exchange program.

In addition to Georgia, those educators are teaching at schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, New Jersey, Kansas and California, he said.

No Florida schools are in the program at this time, officials said.

"We have educators from 29 countries working in Georgia schools this year. Most are working in metro-Atlanta school districts," Glascock said, noting that most of the international teachers come from Great Britain, Canada, Jamaica, Australia and South Africa. "We also have eight [North] Georgia teachers working abroad this year."

The program, founded in 1987, is an intercultural exchange program in which international educators teach regular classes and share their culture with elementary and secondary students. Program teachers arrived in American classrooms in 1989 -- beginning with North Carolina schools -- and the program has since branched out to other states, he said. …

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