"On the one hand, we are eager to go home because of our families and job opportunities," said Elena Fedotova, director of the International Information Center at Tomsk State Pedagogical University.
"They miss us and we miss them.But on the other hand, it will not be easy to say goodbye to our host families, to all the people who surrounded us and participated in our personal and professional careers." Fedotova
, stationed at the Scotland County Schools'
Central Office, added, "We will feel that something has changed inside us, because it was another step forward.These programs look into the future because it actually prepared us for life in a democratic, multicultural, global society." Fedotova
and three others from the visiting group gathered Monday in the Scotland High School library to sum up the events and experiences of the past five weeks in Scotland County
.Their mission was to learn more about the United States' instructional methods.
While the Russians took some time out for pleasure, their overall goal, said Fedotova
, was to study the United States' experiences in education "for democracy and citizenship, for education is part of it, with further adaptation of the American
experiences to Russian conditions.
"We are in the final stage of achieving and accomplishing our goals," Fedotova
said."We have collected and analyzed all the materials gained here for five weeks, plus one week in Washington, D.C.And now we have created our own program, which is called ‘Towards A Democratic School in Russia.'" She
added, "Inside this project, all our different topics we worked on are presented and closely integrated into the whole system, using the international and more-American experience."
"Of course, we all enjoyed the visit, the program which was constructed, taking into account all the different backgrounds."
said, "I would personally like to say thank you to Dr. Terry Franklin from the Central Office, my mentor.He
will also conduct the final workshop on Saturday, where the Russian project will be presented." She
said, "We will never be native English-speaking, but communication has been no problem.
"You always felt hospitality, support and desire to assist.That made all communication easy," Fedotova
added, "Everyone adjusted to the situation."