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Student Teacher Going the Distance

Paul Sedmak is not hitting the bookstore to gear up for the new school year. Instead, the early childhood education major is packing his bags to kick-off a semester-long international adventure.

In collaborating with the Office of Field Services, Sedmak secured a student teaching placement abroad. Destination? Quality Schools International (QSI) in Shenzhen, China.

Sedmak says a trip to Shenzhen in 2010 to visit his brother and sister-in-law inspired his placement.

My brother and sister-in-law are both teaching at QSI in China, says Sedmak. My sister-in-law arranged for the school to allow me to complete my student teaching there. Anne Price, director of the Office of Field Services and the College of Education were able to figure out a plan for me to student teach abroad.

Sedmak, who will teach at both second and third grade levels, is looking forward to working with students from different cultural backgrounds.

During my student teaching experience, I would like to develop the ability to adapt my teaching methods to students from different cultures, says Sedmak. I would also like to learn different methods of teaching from mentor teachers and hope to make a good impression at QSI for future career opportunities.

The College of Education and Human Services wishes Paul safe travels! Stay tuned for a follow-up of his international student teaching experience in a future issue.