Private French-Immersion School
In 2010 Fabien returned to
the US for his second J-1 visa term, after teaching French in Helsinki,
Finland. See his interesting dialogue comparing his teaching
experiences in international and immersion
schools in India, Finland, Oman, Syria, and the US. Click on his photo
to access the 9-minute video.
– Public School Chinese teacher
Known as Grace to her
students, she was beloved by the community of both the middle and
high schools where she taught in central Washington, DC, winning awards for
her students plus free trips to China for both students and
staff for three consecutive years. Click on her photo for a fascinating photo-journey of her
positive influence on US education.
Uli Kolbe's teaching
Uli has taught German in
California, Texas and Pennsylvania. He describes the relationship with
schools and sponsors, faculty, students and parents and compares different
regions of the US and types of activities offered. Uli translated a section of J1 Visa
Uncloaked--Complete Cultural Training guide available on Amazon.com.
He also wrote an article for the CHF blog:
German – German Immersion School – California
Article on outside
work opportunities and parameters under J-1 visa status
worked in a different J-1 visa category. After returning to the US,
she was asked to be an advisor on a part-time basis up to 10 additional
hours per week allowed by CHF. Click on photo to read her story giving
an excellent example of how teachers in J-1 status can also serve the
community and further fulfill the State Department Exchange Visitor mission
Teacher – College Prep Charter School
Ramez studied mechanical engineering at the American University in
Cairo. After working for 7 or 8 years as an engineer, he switched to the
teaching profession because he wanted to do something more useful for
society. He now teaches Physics at a College Prep Charter school in
- International School
Taught first-grade German in an international school. Eloise is
fluent in several languages. She offers a fascinating look at how a
foreign exchange teacher is able to assimilate comfortably into American
culture, then bring back a more accurate view of life in
America and the US education system. Click on photo for her
School Baccalaureate - Boarding School
Bradfield began teaching Baccalaureate Math at a large boarding school
for girls. It was his first experience teaching outside of his native New
Zealand, and the CHF teacher exchange enabled him to come with his
family to live in America. Previously he was a professional sheep
shearer growing up on his family's farm in New Zealand. After only two
years at the school, his infectious personality and intelligence won him a
promotion to Dean of Education.
School - Elementary and Secondary Italian
Triola taught a sequential k-12 curriculum for an advanced and updated
approach to the teaching of Italian language and culture.
Click on photo to read her letter to the Cambridge, Massachusetts community.
Unfortunately, we lost her
in 2012, as there was no way to extend her visa status. She is now
teaching in Cambridge, England.
Zhiming Wang Chinese
version - click
- Mandarin and Chinese culture
Zhiming Wang, a university professor
in China, shares his experience to help future teachers who apply
to obtain a J-1 visa through the Cordell Hull Foundation (CHF). Also, you will find several photos chronicling his winter outdoor activities during his teaching days in the U.S. Northeast
- in English.
Celine began her experience in the U.S. teaching French in two NY State high
schools. Though the school district tried to persuade her to return,
she opted to go to Ecuador to teach in a university. She is fluent in
Spanish as well as English. After a year
in Ecuador, she moved to Canada, bore two children, and has returned to
France to complete her PhD in instructional technology.
French-Immersion Charter School Third Grade
Sockmack inspires his students to be better citizens while teaching in his
native language, French. He completed his Masters degree in Education
while under sponsorship of CHF's teacher exchange program.
Sister City Public School
was requested by a Congressman to assist with Keiko Mitsugi's Sister-City
exchange. She dedicates considerable care and attention to creating
educational exchange opportunities for American students and teachers to
visit Japan each year.
Mandarin and Chinese culture
Terrific School in Maine! Click on second photo of Zhiming Wang at left for detailed
description of his four-month sister-city exchange and the his vivid
professional, sports and cultural experiences in a very welcoming Maine town.
Angela Watson teaches History and Geography in a Seattle high school.
Every year she creates a unit on Cordell Hull and his influence during
World War II that helped inspire his Nobel Peace Prize Award in 1945 as
"Father of the UN."
Peru / Canada
Spanish Immersion/ESL -
linguist, Romildo Ghezzi is fluent in French, Italian,
Japanese and Portuguese, plus English and Spanish. In the U.S.
he taught in a public Spanish-Immersion Middle School. He has visited
CHF's Spanish programs in Oregon and Michigan, observing and interviewing
bilingual Spanish teachers.
He is now living
Spanish Immersion -
Public Elementary School Intern
Morantes completed her internship in H-3 Visa status sponsored by CHF.
She shared the rich culture and heritage of Colombia with
her U.S. students. While in the U.S., she attended St.
Thomas University where she took classes in English, Sociology, and
French Immersion -
High School Intern
Chanrion completed his internship in H-3 Visa status in CHF's French intern
program. A great communicator, he came to the US with minimal fluency in
English. After interning for one year, he learned to
speak English so well that he managed to land a teaching job in England for
six years. Now he has moved to the United Arab Emirates to teach in an
Boarding School - Mandarin
Wu You worked in
Connecticut as part of the Start-Talk Program.
Click on Photo at left for a narrative and pictures depicting her
experiences teaching Mandarin to U.S. students.