Mitchell County teacher will study in Mexico this summer
SPRUCE PINE – Amy Thomas, a fifth-grade teacher at Deyton Elementary School, is the 2019 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 grant is dedicated to supporting her participation in Go Global NC’s Global Teachers – Mexico 2019 program.
Thomas will participate in the program this summer as a member of a delegation of 41 teachers from across North Carolina.
“As a teacher in Mitchell County, I am honored the Samuel L. Phillips Foundation is giving me the chance to have this educational opportunity to travel with Go Global NC to Mexico,” Thomas said. “I am excited to learn more about the Mexican/Latino culture and bring back things I have learned to my classes, students and fellow teachers. During the two weeks in Mexico, I will be working with educators and others in the states of Guanajuato and Mexico City while experiencing the culture and society of Mexico. These experience will be an invaluable asset to not only my students but also to me as an educator.”
Thomas is the second Mitchell County teacher to benefit from a Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation grant. Harris Middle School eighth-grade science teacher Sam Sirois studied in China in 2018 with Go Global NC.
Go Global NC’s Global Teachers professional development program focuses on a different country each year.
Countries selected have a significant impact in North Carolina and the world or can provide North Carolina teachers with new ideas or solutions that will be useful in their classrooms, schools or districts.
Delegates participate in comprehensive domestic workshops, an immersion experience and a follow-up workshop. Go Global NC is part of the University of North Carolina System.
More than half of Latinos living in North Carolina cite Mexico as their country of origin (2016 Census); Mexico is North Carolina’s second-largest trading partner (NC’s Global Engagement Snapshot); and Spanish is the most commonly taught second language by far in public schools (NCDPI).
Education leaders and generous donors from across North Carolina have recognized the value of the Global Teachers program since it began in 1991, and their support of teachers continues this year.
“Ms. Thomas could be described as the definitive Teacher of the Year in all capacities of highly effective teaching,” said Brandon Birchfield, principal of Deyton Elementary School. “Her dedication to teaching and learning is visible daily. She gives 100 percent of her energy to her students without reservation, collaborates with all stakeholders in a highly efficient manner resulting in positive outcomes for everyone, serves as a major foundational component of our MTSS Framework and mentors a beginning teacher.
“We are excited for Mrs. Thomas to represent Mitchell County in the Go Global NC program. We are eager to learn about the rich experiences and innovative strategies she will encounter as a participant in the program.”
Global Teachers delegates are prepared to share this unique experience when they return to North Carolina with new knowledge and skills that will benefit the students in their classrooms.