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Parkway Teacher Selected as Fulbright Memorial Fund Participant

This October, Debbie Van Ryn, gifted teacher at South Middle School, will depart for Tokyo as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. Van Ryn was selected from a national pool of nearly 2,300 applicants by a panel of educators for this honor. This program allows distinguished primary and secondary school educators in the U.S. to travel to Japan for three weeks in an effort to promote greater intercultural understanding between the two nations. Van Ryn will be among 200 educators visiting Japan in October. They will begin their visit in Tokyo with a practical orientation on Japanese life and culture and meetings with Japanese government officials and educators. The group will then travel in groups of 20 to selected host cities where they will have direct contact with Japanese teachers and students during visits to primary and secondary schools as well as a teachers college. They will also visit cultural sites and local industries in addition to a brief home stay with a Japanese family. For more information on the Fulbright Memorial Fund go to: www.fulbrightmemorialfund