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Hemby Bridge Welcomes New International Visiting Faculty Teacher

Hemby Bridge continues its tradition of global participation as we welcome Heather Greenwood, our latest member of the UCPS International Visiting Faculty program. Mrs. Greenwood comes to the fourth grade team from her most recent teaching position in Eindhoven in The Netherlands, where she taught first, second and fifth grade classes at the International School.  Prior to teaching in The Netherlands, Mrs. Greenwood taught in her native Scotland.  Although she was born in the Borders in a town called Dumfries, she moved at an early age to Glasgow and considers that her home town.

 Mrs. Greenwood moved to North Carolina with her husband, Alan, two-year old son Jude, and their dog Indie. They left behind many family members in Glasgow, Falkirk and Edinburgh, all of whom love to hear about their adventures.  While they are in the United States, they hope to see as many different places as they can.  The top of their list includes Nashville, Vermont, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska.  When asked what is the biggest difference between North Carolina and her most recent home, Mrs. Greenwood replied, “The climate is a big one! Although it gets hot in Eindhoven, it is much hotter here.  I am also used to cycling everywhere.”   She also noted that a major difference between the two school systems is testing, and said that no formal testing is done in Scotland or Eindhoven until high school.

 While at Hemby Bridge, Mrs. Greenwood would like to share some of her experiences and learn from her students and new colleagues. She also hopes to bring an international viewpoint into her teaching, saying, “There’s a big world out there that I’d like my students to know about!”  Mrs. Greenwood added, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to live and work in North Carolina. This is a fantastic chance for me and my family to see a different part of the world, to meet new people and immerse ourselves in everything the American South has to offer!”


Written by: Betsy Ziskind - AIG Teacher
Posted: Sep 29, 2015 by Betsy Ziskind

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