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Oprea Selected as UCPS Global Teacher Leader
Congratulations to Marianna Oprea, who has been selected as a UCPS Global Teacher Leader. Oprea was one of twelve teachers selected based on their commitment to global education. As the teacher of the Transition to Adulthood class at Piedmont High School, Oprea provides many opportunities to facilitate global learning in the classroom and participates in a variety of global initiatives herself to help UCPS to push towards Going Global!
This year, there were 40 teachers who applied for the Global Teacher Leader designation. These teachers had to submit an application detailing their globalization experiences, which were then independently reviewed by a panel. The 12 teachers selected will now work throughout the year to implement global education in all aspects of instruction and provide professional development throughout the school system.
To highlight Oprea’s background in global education, she was selected as a 2012-2013 World Affairs Council Scholar, in which she received a $2500 scholarship to travel to Thailand this past July with other educators and administrators. While in Bangkok, Thailand, Oprea visited many famous Thai sites and established two sister schools that will partner with Piedmont students this year. As part of the Council Scholar Program, Oprea was recognized at the 2013 World Citizen Award Dinner and will be a lifetime member of the World Affairs Council. Her membership will give her the opportunity to coordinate seminars and roundtable discussions with past scholars and experts for curriculum development, content enrichment, classroom resources, and professional interaction.
Oprea definitely “has a passion for global education” as she came to the United States from Romania 10 years ago as part of a foreign exchange program. She is in her third year at Piedmont High as the teacher of the Transition to Adulthood Program. She is a valuable member of the Piedmont Globalization Committee, which works with teachers and students to integrate global awareness into the curriculum. When asked what this selection meant to her as an educator, she stated, “"I am honored to be selected as a Global Teacher Leader. There are many people out there who are all working incredibly hard to integrate globalization and are making a big difference. I am also very excited about the extraordinary opportunity to share my experiences in Thailand and begin our partnership with the sister schools I visited with this summer. I would like to thank our administrators, Globalization Committee and EC department for their support and encouragement in all my globalization activities."
Written by: Donna Helms, Media Specialist at Piedmont High School
Posted: Oct 21, 2013 by CoRetta Limous