Statesville, N.C. - Stuart Lambert, a visiting fourth-grade teacher from England at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Cornelius, has been named a North Carolina Outstanding Cultural Ambassador for excellence in providing students an international education to help prepare a new generation for success in the global economy.
The award is from the Visiting International Faculty Program, the largest internationalexchange program linking U.S. schools and teachers worldwide.The VIF
Program is sponsoring nine international teachers in the Iredell-Statesville Schools
and about 900 in North Carolina this year, providing schools highly qualified teachers to give students a world-class education.Overall, VIF
is sponsoring about 1,700 teachers from 52 nations in nearly 1,000 schools in 10 states.
"I have enjoyed educating students abroad through the VIF
Program this year," said Lambert
."It has been very rewarding, as the children are inquisitive about my home country and look forward to lessons where they will experience new and exciting cultural activities." David B. Young, president of the VIF Program, said: "Stuart Lambert is an extraordinary educator and a world-class cultural ambassador.
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regularly incorporates teaching strategies at Woodland Heights Elementary School
had mastered in England.And he
finds innovative ways of using cultural education as a springboard for teaching the curriculum and sparking his
young students' interest in learning. Lambert
once sent his
fourth graders on a fun secret mission: to "sneak" into the Web site of their pen pals' school in England and find out as much about the school as they can.From this stealth operation, Lambert's
"secret agent" students learned to navigate the Internet to find answers to their questions and then compared life in an English school to their own experience in the United States. Lambert
, now in his
second year as a VIF teacher, shrinks the world for his
students, encouraging them to learn about his
heritage and to take pride in their own.
is highly motivated to learn as much as he
can about American society, as well as sharing his
culture with the students and faculty.
has been a positive addition to our teaching staff," said a colleague at Woodland Heights Elementary School