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Two Starkville teachers travel abroad this summer

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/15 8:32 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Starkville High School teachers Ginger Tedder and Talisha Cheeks are about to put the wraps on another school year.

Their learning, however, will continue into the summer when they travel to Russia and Finland.

Recently, they were awarded a Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellowship.

Cheeks said, "It's a great chance to experience international culture and gain learning experiences. We plan to bring that back to the classroom for discussion points."

The teachers design their own study and travel experience during the overseas trip.

Once they're home, they do a follow up with the organization that provides the trip to help them prepare a program to bring to the classroom.

Tedder said, "We hope to bring back primary sources and artifacts to use as discussion in our classrooms. We will definitely immerse our kids in the culture."

While on this trip, the teachers will, in a way, bring students and the community with them.

They'll use social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and others to have live interaction with students or anyone who wants to follow along.

Tedder said, "Because our kids are very social media savvy, we want them to be a part of this journey because they're the reasons we chose to do this."

The teachers say they do plan to enjoy this trip of a lifetime, but even more, are excited about what they can learn from teachers in these countries.

Cheeks said, "I'm interested in strategies they're using to help learners who are struggling. We also want to help students who are advanced move to the next level."

The overseas trip for the teachers will last for about two weeks.

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