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For everyone considering traveling or teaching abroad
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
5:15 - 715 pm
5:15-5:40 pm Reception (Light Refreshments)
5:40-6:45 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A
6:45-7:15 pm Mingling and Discussion
Stan Chu's (‘72) recent international education experience has been in Kathmandu, Singapore, Taipei, Jakarta, and Rwanda. His earlier work with teachers abroad includes Cambodia, Laos, Paris, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and in Sierra Leone as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He has been a faculty member at Bank Street since 1989 and is currently an advisor, Director of the Early Childhood General Education program, and course instructor.
Debbie Kurtzberg (‘09) After practicing law for 22 years, Debbie changed to a career in teaching. After earning her Masters degree at Bank Street, Debbie served as the Director of the Primary Division of Tsinghua International School in Beijing, China, and as a fifth grade teacher. As Director, Debbie brought many teachers to Tsinghua and helped them to adjust to life and teaching in a very different culture.
Melanie Okadjgwe (’08) has taught preschool at Cedar International School, an International Bacalaurreate school in Tortola, British Virgin Islands since moving there in 2007. In the fall of 2010, she will be a reading specialist at a local speech and language center in Tortola. Previously she taught at St. Ann's School in Brooklyn, NY and was a managing editor in the book clubs at Scholastic for six years. She earned her MSEd from Bank Street College and holds Dual Certification in Teaching Literacy and Childhood General Education (Grades 1 - 6). She also holds a BA in English from Amherst College in Massachusetts.
Beth Norford (‘89) first experience with international education was at Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India where she attended high school. After completing her master’s at Bank Street in 1989, she worked briefly at the International Community School in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, West Africa. In 1992, while a teacher at Bank Street’s School for Children, she helped to establish a collaboration between Bank Street and the Rato Bangala School in Kathmandu, Nepal, founded by a family who wanted to bring progressive education to their country. Rato Bangala is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year and Beth has been privileged to work with them on teacher training and curriculum design. Most recently, she has created a non-profit corporation – Educational Alternatives Worldwide (EAW) - offering consultancy, training and support to organizations throughout the world that wish to implement progressive pedagogy. EAW began in 2010 and is now pursuing projects in Nepal and Guatemala, with much more in the works.