Four West Virginia Educators to Study in Japan

July 25, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Four West Virginia educators have been invited to participate in a fully funded study tour of Japan as part of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program.  

Nancy Jenkins, a science teacher at Berkeley Springs High School; Sandra Shaw, an art teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley; Marianne Tomasic, an English and creative writing teacher at Hedgesville High School; and Bill Walton, principal at South Charleston High School, were chosen for the program.  

Jenkins and Shaw traveled to Japan in June, while Tomasic and Walton will make the trip in October.  

During their stay in Japan, the educators participate in intensive training sessions on the Japanese educational system, culture, economy and government. In addition, participants visit schools to observe Japanese education methods and interact directly with Japanese people and culture.  

Each year 600 American educators from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., participate in the program in three program cycles. Educators are selected for the program under a system that allocates a minimum of two slots for each state in each cycle. The selection is based on proposals for follow-up activities that the teachers submit as part of the application process.  

The Fulbright Memorial Fund is named after the late William J. Fulbright, who served as a U.S. Senator from Arkansas and chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1959 to 1974.

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