Phoenix Union High School District and Arizona State University’s Teachers College are teaming up again for the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). Sixteen teachers from seven countries are at ASU this semester for professional development, which includes pairing up with a Phoenix Union teacher.
The ILEP Fellow teachers met their partner teachers, January 19, for the first time, and they will team-teach every Thursday at three campuses-Metro Tech, North, and Central. Two teachers each come from Brazil, Senegal, India, Indonesia, Kenya and three from Egypt and Philippines, where they teach English, math, science or business.
The Fellow teachers range from five years to 17 years in experience, and qualified among over 1000 applicants. Three other cohorts of 16 international teachers are at Kent State, James Madison and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
This is the sixth year Phoenix Union has participated in this program, and many of the partner teachers have done this before. The partner teachers are:
Central–Dawn Maxwell, Xavier Flores, Aric Bilas, Math; Kelly Bragg, Kevin Berlat, English and Michelle Trush, Biology.
Metro Tech: Jennifer Moore, Michael Kelly Blakely, Stephanie Knorowski, Aurora Arrellano and Rebecca Halonen, English.
North: Kalia Athena, Joann Martin; Nicholas Valente, Erin Henderson,-English; and Renata Geurtz, CTE.
Teachers from Kenya, Philippines, India, and Indonesia will be at Central; Brazil, Kenya, Philippines, Egypt and Senegal at Metro Tech; and Brazil, Egypt, Senegal, and India at North.
The ILEP fellows are required to teach a content lesson and a cultural lesson.