Harris teacher will study in China
SPRUCE PINE – Harris Middle School eighth-grade science teacher Sam Sirois has been named the 2018 recipient of a grant from the Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people and the well-being, growth and enhancement of Mitchell County.
The award granted to Sirois will support her participation in Go Global NC’s “Global Teachers” annual professional development program.
Sirois will participate in the Global Teachers – China 2018 program this summer as a member of a delegation of 35 teachers from across North Carolina. Sirois is the first teacher from Mitchell County to earn this honor.
“Our Global Teachers program provides comprehensive domestic workshops and an immersion experience in a different country every year,” said Nicholas Rau, director of education and training – Go Global NC. “We select a country that has a significant impact in North Carolina and the world or that is known for best practices, especially in education, that we can study and apply in our state.
“In 2018, we will study China because it is the world’s second-largest economy and North Carolina’s third-largest trading partner. In addition to learning about the country and culture, we will focus on technology, environmental sustainability, and unique approaches to education that may give teachers new ideas or solutions that would be useful in their own classrooms, schools or districts.”
Go Global NC is part of the University of North Carolina System.
Go Global NC’s Global Teachers – China 2018 program will allow participants to:
• Gain insight into the country’s history, culture, and physical environment;
• Learn about conservation efforts to protect rare animals and environment;
• Explore how China’s educators use technology in their classrooms; and
• Study alternative education as a method of building a ready workforce.
Principals, administrators and generous donors from across North Carolina have endorsed participation of teachers in the Global Teachers program since its beginning in 1979, and their support continues this year.
“We are excited as a district that we can send such an outstanding teacher to this wonderful opportunity,” said Chad Calhoun, superintendent of Mitchell County Schools.
Global Teachers participants understand this exceptional experience will allow them to return to North Carolina with new knowledge and skills that will benefit the students in their classrooms.
“I am so grateful to receive the Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation grant and deeply honored to represent Mitchell County on this journey,” Sirois said. “China is a country rich in culture and history, and I am especially excited because I have students that return to China every year to visit their own families. This professional development trip will give me insight into the culture and heritage and will improve my ability as a classroom teacher to be more globally inclusive. I look forward to sharing my adventures with my students and community.”