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Union County Teacher Wins International Teaching Award


“VIF's approach to international education for the past 20 years has positively influenced the lives of more than one million students, educators and community members,” said Althof. “I’m honored to be a part of that history and I share this honor with my students and principal.”

The International Educator of the Year award is given to outstanding teachers who inspire students, colleagues and community members to embrace different world views. Past International Educator of the Year winners have exposed students to the world's languages, its cultures and the diverse perspectives of all people.

“Trevor Althof is an inspiration for other teachers to emulate,” said David Young, CEO of VIF. “In order for our young people to compete in the global economy, it is important for them to understand how to interact with people from different countries. VIF teachers provide those opportunities every day.”

The winning teacher was selected based on a series of sources provided by the teacher, including:
1. A letter of support from a supervisor or administrator including information about the educator’s teaching performance and cultural contributions to the classroom, school and community.
2. A short video or portfolio to demonstrate the teacher’s instructional skills and integration of culture.
3. A brief essay to describe either their promotion of global awareness or why it is important to integrate culture and global concepts into teaching.

Althof’s award also ties into Union County’s leadership in the N.C. Global Schools Network (GSN), which is an alliance of schools, school districts, organizations and businesses that are committed to creating collaborative approaches to international education.
Union County was among the first school districts in the state to support GSN’s goal to create education systems with a deep commitment to international education and 21st century student preparation, leveraging those extraordinary systems to attract multi-national businesses and international investments to local communities.
The contest was open to all of VIF’s international teachers, as well as U.S. teachers participating in any VIF program, such as Splash Language Immersion, Global Gateway, Global Connections, Passport or Cultural Studies. Kensington Elementary’s Global Gateway Program transforms an elementary grade level within the school into a global learning environment with a focus on preparing students for success as global citizens. Grade level teams work together to offer their students an enriched curriculum that covers the core standards for the grade while infusing the instruction with information related to one region of the world.

There were five award recipients and this was the first year that the contest was also open to U.S. teachers. Other award winners were: Yina Galeano Morales, Eastfield Global Magnet, McDowell County, Colombia; Anita Fourie, Gray’s Creek Elementary, Cumberland County, South Africa; Nélida Verónica Raffin, McDonald Green Elementary, Lancaster County, Argentina; and Angela Morales Levy, Carrboro Elementary, Orange County, Peru.

To schedule an interview with Trevor Althof or to request a headshot, please do not hesitate to call Lilyn Hester at 919-882-1979 or email lhester@capstrat.com.


Written by: Dr. Rachel Clarke
Posted: May 09, 2012 by Dr. Rachel Clarke

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