Chinese teachers complete Cornwall placements

Pictured, from left, Chris Boulay, principal, Viscount Alexander Public School; Michelle Chen, teacher, Suzhou, China; Joanne Sproul, teacher, Viscount Alexander Public School; and Upper Canada District School Board Superintendent Tim Mills. Chen was one of two teachers who completed a four month placement in Cornwall. Click photo to enlarge. (Photo/UCDSB)

CORNWALL – Two teachers from China are heading back home after completing a placement in Cornwall.

The placements allowed the teachers to learn more about the Canadian education system and allowed them to share Chinese culture with Cornwall-area students.

Michelle Chen was at Viscount Alexander Public School and Sarah Yao did her four-month placement at St. Lawrence Secondary School.

Education superintendent Tim Mills presented the two foreign language school teachers with certificates Friday during a couple ceremonies.

The Upper Canada school board has had a partnership with the school in Suzhou, China, which is 100 kilometers west of Shanghai near the coast of the East China Sea.

“We were extremely pleased to host Michelle and Sarah,” said Matthew Raby, executive director of the Upper Canada Leger Center for Education and Training. “They also shared details about Chinese culture and helped to educate local students about where they come from. It proved to be a real exchange of culture and ideas.”

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