International Teacher Spotlights the Philippines for Science Lesson
When international teachers step into classrooms in the USA, their backgrounds enrich their lessons in surprising ways. At Denison Middle School in Winter Haven, Florida, science teacher Ulpiano De La Bajan Jr. struck upon a clever idea for sharing his culture and enriching his curriculum. A program member with Educational Partners International (EPI), Bajan hails from the Philippines, and he found inspiration in the lakes of Florida and those back home.
International Teachers in the USA Find Fun, Support at EPI Events
Educational Partners International has been hosting social events for program members in Florida. The get-togethers provide a chance for teachers to meet with one another as well as with EPI staff. Casual and fun, the events encourage educators to share a laugh and a meal, compare experiences, and discuss living and teaching in the USA. They represent just one more way that EPI supports program members after their arrival.
Teachers From Abroad Help EPI Colleagues with Work and Life in the USA
EPI’s Local Liaison program provides mentorship to support teachers new to the program. Whether someone needs help moving in, finding a social security office, or obtaining a driver’s license, Local Liaisons provide top-notch support. Made up of dedicated volunteers, Local Liaisons often express thanks for the help they themselves received when they were new to the program. Participation provides them a way to give back.
Science Teacher from Jamaica Arranges Class for Student Success
Alicea Bigby-Smart designs her classroom for her students’ success. Originally from Jamaica, the science teacher arrived in the USA in 2021 as an Educational Partners International program member. At Grier Middle School in Gastonia, North Carolina, she has transformed her class into a space that encourages learning among all of her students.
Yerba Mate: Brew Up a Taste of Argentina at Home
After Rita Aldorino, an English as a Second Language teacher from Argentina, taught her students about mate, our interest in the drink was piqued here at Educational Partners International. We’ve been waiting for winter to try out the beverage, and along the way, we’ve learned a bit about its history, how to brew it, and how feasible it is to find the drink in the USA. Here’s what we discovered. Follow along and learn how to make mate!