For the 2010-2011 school year, Emily Dykstra, 8th Grade English Teacher has been accepted to the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Grant program.
Dykstra will be exchanging teaching jobs and homes with Czech Republic teacher, Katerina Kubesova. In Tabor, Kubesova teaches advanced conversational English among other subject areas, and the two teachers will be exchanging teaching positions for the upcoming academic year.
The students both at Cavelero Mid High and in Tabor have a wonderful, rare opportunity to be educated by someone with a different cultural background, and will have the chance to benefit from a cultural learning opportunity for years to come.
Dykstra and Kubesova will be communicating with their respective classroom students through writing letters and blogs throughout the year so all students will be able to interact with students from another culture. The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people – 111,000 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 183,000 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.
The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.