ACU students share experience in China with future educators

Posted February 18, 2010

 Last summer, Abilene Christian University education students had the opportunity to teach English as a second language at a Christian academy in Beijing, China. Recently, those students and the chair of the Teacher Education Department, Dr. Dana Hood, gave a presentation about their China experience at the 2010 Future Educators Association National Conference.

The ACU students' presentation, titled "What I Learned about Teaching in China," was selected from many submitted proposals. Students Tori Valadez, a junior from El Paso; Emily Folwell, a senior from Abilene; Brian Johnston, a junior from Abilene; Shelby McElvain, a senior from Oakley, Calif.; Jessica Rodriguez, a senior from Kyle, Texas; and Ally Dunn, a junior from San Antonio, presented.

"The students who participated in our 2009 China Study Abroad program were transformed by the experience – personally, spiritually and professionally," says Hood. "This shaping experience was the topic of their presentation at the conference. They had powerful messages to share about how their lives were changed."

The FEA National Conference is held each year to provide high school students, university teacher candidates and university teacher education faculty the opportunity to network with FEA members from across the nation. This year's theme was "Illuminate the Heart and Mind. Teach!" The six ACU students met with other education students from across the nation in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12-14.

Go online to learn more about ACU's Teacher Education program.