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Five UCPS teachers recognized for global education

Five UCPS teachers were recognized during the Global Education Recognition Ceremony Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Pictured, from left, are Amy Jackson (East Elementary), Jennifer Mao (Walter Bickett Education Center), Meredith Sizemore (Porter Ridge Elementary), UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis, Jennifer Whitley (Forest Hills High) and Gabriel Oprea (South Providence).

Five Union County Public Schools teachers earned recognition Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, for their efforts in bringing globalization into their classrooms.

The teachers, all in the fourth cohort of Union County Global Teacher Leaders, were recognized during the Global Education Recognition Ceremony held at Central Academy of Technology and the Arts.

They were selected through an application and portfolio process.

In order to be selected, teachers had to meet criteria and were judged in a point system, which reflected their dedication to global education and how they incorporated global themes within their classrooms and schools.

Portfolios were judged by the school system’s Globalization Committee comprised of teachers and administrators from around the county.

The teachers are Amy Jackson (East Elementary), Gabriel Oprea (South Providence), Jennifer Mao (Walter Bickett Education Center), Jennifer Whitley (Forest Hills High) and Meredith Sizemore (Porter Ridge Elementary).

“Thank you for being a living example of global education,” said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis. “That starts in the classroom and teaching them an appreciation for others who don’t always look like them. They see it modeled in your classrooms. You make a difference in so many ways.”

This is the fourth year that UCPS has recognized global education. The recognitions result from the Global Schools Program designed to encourage educators to bring global education to the classroom.

The Global Education Recognition Ceremony opened with a video presentation produced by Thomas Kohlbrenner, the film production teacher at Cuthbertson High School. It celebrated the global education being taught across the UCPS system.

Leslie Craven, the CATA band director, led a performance by a small group of students. Benton Heights Elementary’s Dorian Strings provided music during the reception.

New Global Citizens and Visiting International Faculty (VIF) funded the reception for the event.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 18, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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