Student Teachers Overseas

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 10, 1996

33 Student Teach Overseas

By Faith Kammerdeiner
UW-RF News Bureau

A UW-River Falls program is giving future teachers a chance to immerse themselves into another culture.

The Overseas Practice Teaching Program works together with overseas schools to find placements for interested student teachers who are completing degrees in Elementary or Secondary Education at a Wisconsin private or public university or college.

During the 1995-96 academic year 33 students participated from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Florida and Kansas.

The program is designed to immerse participants in the "native" population and culture whenever possible. Each student is assigned an overseas teacher who is interested in helping a future teacher develop their teaching skills. Students teachers stay eight to 10 weeks practicing their own teaching skills, evaluating the overseas instructor's teaching methods and helping pupils with homework. Near the end of their stay, student teachers are expected to assume full responsibility for the classroom, or whenever the resident teacher feels that it's appropriate.

Participants enrolled in the program are responsible for paying their own expenses and are encouraged to live with a host family. Future teachers must first complete a minimum of eight weeks of student teaching in the United States before they are allowed to go overseas. Most student teachers are placed in English-speaking countries such as England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand. However, students who wish to student teach a non-English speaking countries are encouraged to do so. Placements are arranged throughout the academic year, including the summer.

The Overseas Practice Teaching Program was created by Dr. Ross Korsgaard, a former faculty member at UW-RF, in 1969. Since its creation, more than 750 students have been placed in overseas schools. These placements span all grade levels and many different academic disciplines.

This year 33 student teachers are participating in the program. Here is a listing by their hometowns, dates overseas, and placement:

WISCONSIN

Brookfield: Gina Humphriss, Oct. 23-Dec. 15, Sydney, Australia.
Campbellsport: Susan Adams, March 4-May 24, Dean Park, Australia.
Clinton: Rebecca Thompson, May 27-Aug. 2, West Lakes Shore, Australia.
Hartland: Julie Burkard, Te Nhae, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Menomonie: Scott Weber, April 15-June 14, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Mondovi: Thomas Bethke, Rutherglen, Australia.
Mosinee: Louise Gorney, Eaglehawk, Australia.
Oshkosh: Jesica Dunham, March 18-June 14, Builth Well, Wales.
Plover: Michelle Herness, Galway, Republic of Ireland.
Prescott: Jon Hillmer, March 11-24, New South Wales, Australia.
Richland Center: Arthur Bernstein, Nurroe, Republic of Ireland.
Rothschild: Michelle Wynhoff, Nov. 6-Dec. 15, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
Sturgeon Bay: Jennifer Kurtz, Oct. 16-Dec. 22, Dunloy, Republic of Ireland.
Wausau: Joy Webster, March 11-Mary 17, Casula, Australia.
Webster: Aaron Nuerer, Dunedin, New Zealand.
West Allis: Amy Hahn, March 25-May 30, County Galway, Ireland; and Carol Schwarz, Baywater, Australia.
Westby: Sarah Hayden, March 25-May 31, Scoresby, Australia, and Stacie Meyer, Valencia, Spain.

MINNESOTA

Cottage Grove: Glori Jean Harper, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Fridley: David Matthews, Thuringowa, Australia.
Henderson: Tricia Voss, Walkerston, Australia.
Melrose: Cara Degeest, London.
Minneapolis: David Greenberg, Oct. 9-Dec. 1, Santiago, Chile.
North Branch: Colleen Bye, Strasbourg, France.
Northfield: Julie Zeman, April 1-June 14, Glenelg, Australia.
Oakdale: Scott Revoir, April 1, June 7, Pialba, Australia.
Rockford: James Gallery, May 27-Aug. 2, Seaview Downs, Australia.
Stillwater: Kelly Curran, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

ILLINOIS

Rockford: Maurice Redd, Croydon, Australia.
Lake Villa: Christy Robinson, Wiltshire, England.

FLORIDA

Tarpon Springs: Linda Wilson, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

KANSAS

Randolph: Tricia Hoard, Bangholme, Australia.


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