USD 501 welcomes teachers from around the world

Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 5:50 PM CDT
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In less than 24 hours Scott Dual Language Elementary School will be filled with students.

“We cannot wait to get all of the influx of our wonderful scholars tomorrow,” the school’s principal Pilar Mejia said.

Some kids will make their way to Marien Morato’s classroom.

“It’s going to be a fantastic year,” Marien said.

She is one of eight international teachers at the school from Spain. They’re part of the Visiting International Teachers Program.

“Without them we could not continue our dual language program. It’s a program that teaches students in the context of content and culture more than just language,” Mejia explained.

USD 501 is the only district in the state that offers a dual language program from Pre-K through high school.

Marien spent nearly a month getting ready for the first day of the school year.

She had support from school and community mentors to create lesson plans and adjust to living in a new country.

“I didn’t have a car, so they came with me and they helped me to buy one,” Marien said.

Marien, also a teacher in Spain, said they year will provide lessons for her too.

“I would like to learn about the methodologies they use here, so maybe when I come back to Spain I can apply some activities or some things that I learned here,” she added.

She says she cannot wait to meet her 3rd grade students.

“We are also going to do some games, and this way we are going to learn about each other,” Marien said.

USD 501 has 15 international teachers in total this year.