Published: July 19th 2012July 19th 2012
Four teachers, a principal, and one incredible journey. Making final preparations for our trip to China, I don't think any of us can believe our departure date is so quickly approaching! In just two days our team from Jenison Public Schools in Jenison, MI will leave for Fengtai, China (part of greater Beijing). Here we will be teaching a fine arts camp to 28 fourth through sixth grade students of Fengtai First Elementary School.
Let me introduce our team.
Grant Carmichael is our music teacher who teaches at both Bursley Elementary and the Early Childhood Center. With his 6'6" stature and musical prowess, he will no doubt wow the students of Fengtai! Grant has always viewed music as a global language, and this perspective will certainly inform his teaching approach while in Fengtai.
Tobi Hoeker is a third grade teacher at Bauerwood Elementary who will focus on writing. Tobi brings a global perspective to our team and uses everything from classic childrens' literature to yoga to inspire her students!
Jen Tolson is a physical education teacher at Bauerwood Elementary. Jen uses PE to introduce not only traditional sports, but also includes a great deal of team building, strategy, and problem solving in her teaching.
My name is Emily Derusha and I teach visual art at Bursley and Pinewood Elementary. I immensely enjoy not only teaching creativity and the technical aspects of art, but also guiding students to make meaning through their artwork.
Finally, our fearless leader Crystal Morse. Crystal is the principal of Bauerwood Elementary and will be helping guide our team as we adjust to teaching in China. Additionally, Crystal will continue to build relationships with Fengtai First as we-- Jenison Public Schools & Jenison International Academy-- build a long term relationship between our districts.
I feel confident speaking for us all when I write that we feel incredibly blessed to have this opportunity. Simply traveling to China would be incredible, but the fact that we get to teach! What an opportunity! We are so looking forward to seeing the greater Beijing area, interacting with our students and building relationships with the students and teachers of Fengtai alike.
I will be continuing to update you on our travels and adventures throughout this journey. Enjoy!