Thursday, May 8, 2014

Last Day

We are up and ready to travel this morning.  So thankful that we are all safe and healthy and had a great experience.  After breakfast, the ITE 2014 team will depart for the airport and our journey home.

The faculty and staff on this trip have had a wonderful experience working with these young people.  They are great ambassadors for the U.S. and our University.  They all agree that they have become better teachers and better people.  Each one of them has made a difference in the life of a child.  The dedication and commitment to teaching is evidenced by all of them.

At this time, I would like to say "THANK YOU" to the families and friends who shared these amazing young people with us during the past 12 days.  You should be very proud of them.  They have represented themselves and your family in a wonderful way.

Thank you also to Dr. Karen Karp, Dorothy Vittitow, and Heather Adkins for their great contributions to this experience.  You have worked hard from early to late but always with a smile and a willingness to make this a great experience for our students.  I appreciate you all so much!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dean Haselton who has the vision and commitment to international education experiences.  Without his dedication to our efforts, the experience would not be nearly as powerful and meaningful as it has become.  All of us want you to know how much we appreciate your assistance.

As we head home, we leave a piece of ourselves in this wonderful place.  But each of us are also filled to brim with a greater understanding of a culture much different than our own while also finding that we have much in common. 

Thank you all for following us on this wonderful adventure.  I will post more photos as soon as we get a better Internet connection, so stayed tuned until Saturday.

Dr. Margaret Pentecost

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