TCEE Hosts Fulbright Scholar
The 21st Century Education Enterprise had the pleasure of hosting Mrs. Maris Montes, a high school principal, from Uruguay from February 4-16, 2012. Mrs. Montes was awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State to participate in the Educational Seminar: 2012 Uruguay Educator Exchange Program. She was one of 16 educators selected from Uruguay to participate. She was hosted by Randy Barrette, Spanish and World Cultures Teacher at Menifee County High School in Frenchburg, and an adjunct faculty for the College of Education at Morehead State University. Mr. Barrette is one of 15 U.S. Educators who has also been awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State, and will travel to Uruguay for two weeks in the summer of 2012 for the reciprocal component of this exchange.
During her visit to Morehead State University, she visited the Center for Regional Development and met with Director, J. Marshall and Americorps volunteer, Rosita Napoleoni-Milan to discuss the current projects CRE implements to serve the MSU region. She attended the 3rd Annual Space Movie Project held at MSU’s Space Science Center; as well as enjoyed a tour of the Kentucky Folk Art Center and a faculty exhibit at Claypool-Young Art Building. To conclude her visit, she met with Dr. Kathy Gunn, the Dean of the College of Education, to learn more about the MSU teacher preparation programs.
Uruguay Educator Exchange Program
The Educational Seminar: 2012 Uruguay Educator Exchange Program is a short-term, mutual exchange opportunity for U.S. and Uruguay school principals and teachers. The program provides a short-term professional development opportunity for U.S. and Uruguay educators to share best practices on issues of mutual interest to their schools, students and communities. The Uruguay educators spend two weeks in U.S. schools with their U.S. partners in February 2012 and the U.S. educator’s travel to Uruguay for two weeks this summer in their partners’ schools. The program is individualized through collaboration between partners and focuses on teaching strategies/instruction, the development of joint educational projects, personnel administration, school systems and management, global issues and culture, curriculum development, student affairs, and/or educational policy.
Bio ProfileMaris Montes is originally from Mercedes, Uruguay. She studied at Artigas Teacher Training Institute in Monte video and got a degree as a Secondary School Law Teacher in 1985. She has been teaching for 26 years to students of different ages and backgrounds. Since 1999 she has been a high school principal and is also an active member of her school where she has played a key role in promoting effective parental involvement in student education. She also works on projects of different topics such as human rights and learning performance for students of poverty. Maris teaches mainly freshmen and sophomores so her students range in age from 14 to 16 years old. On average there are 13 students in her class. She thinks that education is one of the most important life components for all people so they can live in a harmonic society where everybody can enjoy the rights and responsibilities and become better people. Ms. Montes hopes that her participation in the Educational Seminars Program will provide her with opportunities to explore different educational contexts and exchange ideas and experiences with her partner. She also hopes to learn about different aspects of the role of the principal, including professional leadership, strategic management, staff management, and relationship management.
Educational Seminar Programs: The Educational Seminar Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world through academic, cultural, and professional exchanges. Currently, Educational Seminars are administered with Argentina, Brazil, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and Uruguay. The program is implemented by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS (http://www.americancouncils.org/es).