2014 Student Teaching Abroad: The 3rd Malaysian Cohort

Can it be that time again–so soon?

In the Fall of 2013, we selected six bright, talented, and lucky Wilkes student teachers to get ready for the third trip to Malaysia in January of 2014.  This experience is subsidized by Dato’ Fawziah Abdul Karim, the CEO of Sri Utama Schools in Malaysia, and our students spend the first seven-week placement at the Kuala Lumpur school.

6 new teachers

Our new student teachers!  Front, L to R: Robin Sorber, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast;  Back, L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Chase English

6 + 2

New student teachers with two veteran teachers from last year: Nicholas Barno and Jennifer Earley, both from the 2013 cohort.

Lucky for us that we had several “old-timers” from the past two cohorts to assist with the orientation.  Nick Barno, now employed at the Sri Utama School in Johor Bahru, near Singapore, and Jennifer Earley both shared this privilege last year as part of the 2013 cohort. They joined us for one of the sessions.

Also joining the sessions were Stephanie Wilkie, from last year,  and Matt Duffy, who worked at Sri Utama on a 3-month contract during 2013.   Becky Gallaher, a current Sri Utama teacher at the Kuala Lumpur school home on Christmas break, shared stories and videos about the students and the school, to the delight of everyone.

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Orient w Steph, Becky, Matt

Matt Duffy, former Sri Utama international teacher, Becky Gallaher, and Stephanie Wilkie from last year’s cohort, assist in the orientation

William and Victoria Morrison, family members of student teaching supervisor Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, came along to share their points of view.  Each year they have been able to join the experience in Malaysia and are eager to go back again during 2014.  We wonder what adventures await us!

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

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