Lenovo, a worldwide computer and technology company that began in China, opened its doors to the delegation for a tour and a look at the latest technology that may be appearing in the classroom. The company’s North American headquarters are located in Morrisville, North Carolina and sponsors a mobile device for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Both the 2017 recipient, Lisa Godwin, and the 2018 recipient of the honor, Freebird McKinney, are traveling with the Global Teachers – China 2018 delegation. McKinney will also be joining the Global Teachers – Mexico 2019 delegation.
The afternoon brought a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Unfortunately, Tiananmen Square was closed due to restoration and rennovation, but there was plenty to see in the Forbidden City. Continued introduction to the historical sites of China continue to help build the delegates’ understanding of the country’s culture and values.
Tiananmen Square: https://goo.gl/maps/4Cg1MHPR4e22
Kiddie sees the Forbidden City which in China is called The Palace of Museum. I’m so grateful for this opportunity… what an amazing experience! @GoGlobalNC @WillowSpringsES #GlobalTeachers pic.twitter.com/zTPnkFieHg
— Ms. Gower's Class (@MsGowersClass) June 20, 2018
Teachers Julie, Lisa, and Lynn reflect on the day’s activities.Julie Pittman has been an English teacher at R-S Central High School in Rutherfordton, N.C since 2003. Lisa Godwin teaches kindergarten at Dixon Elementary School in Holly Ridge, N.C. and recently began her work on the National Teacher of the Year team, which concludes in early 2019. She is the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Lynn Ray is the Teacher Advancement Coordinator with Clinton City Schools, supporting teachers with professional development and teacher leadership opportunities.
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