Three WV Virtual School Educators Selected to Study in Mexico

April 06, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three West Virginia Virtual School (WVVS) Spanish IA/IB facilitators have been selected to participate in a month long intensive study in Mexico.  

Laura Bowen from Nuttall Middle School, Fayette County, Ann Blankenship from Fayetteville Middle School, Fayette County, and Leigh Smith from Kermit Middle School, Mingo County will participate in “Mexico: Integrating History, Language and Culture,” in Puebla, Mexico from July 22 to August 23, 2004. The National Endowment for the Humanities is sponsoring the event.  

The program involves a month’s rigorous study of Spanish language and Mexican Culture primarily for K-8 teachers with little or no Spanish. It is intended to help develop a modest Spanish language teaching capability among teachers who are in need, and who are working with media or computer-based language programs.  

The WVVS offers a high school level Spanish I course to seventh and eighth graders in 27 middle or elementary schools in WV. The content is delivered via the Internet and through facilitator-led activities.  

“Thanks to well-designed, age appropriate, electronically delivered content and dedicated West Virginia Spanish teachers willing to learn new technologies, the WVVS Spanish IA/IB program has been a success,” said Donna Miller, Coordinator for the WVVS. “These teachers have taken on the task of daily course facilitation to help ensure that their students acquire a second language.”  

The WVVS is operated through the West Virginia Department of Education. For more information about the WVVS, contact Donna Miller, Coordinator, WVVS, at (304) 558-0304, or at

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