Here in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, we have many international teachers working in our classrooms. At last count, Frank Porter Graham was home to 15 international teachers and Carrboro Elementary was home to 4! Our combined staff represents 14 countries (Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican, Peru, Ecuador, Burma, Netherlands and Bolivia). Those teachers working here for the short term are highly revered in their home countries and, after a rigorous application process, they are selected to live and work in the United States for up to 5 years. Their presence in our schools brings cultural richness, high quality instruction, and further diversifies our community, positively impacting the lives of students and families alike.
The goal of the International Teacher Support Team (ITST) is to insure that these teachers are welcomed and supported when they arrive in Chapel Hill! In its first year, ITST successfully assisted 3 teachers by offering both community and household support. This allowed them to spend the majority of their time focusing on educating students rather than worrying about the logistics of settling into a new country. Read testimonials from our teachers to understand how important this service is to them.