Computer science teacher Liu (Rachel) Yiran was the first foreign exchange teacher to visit Harker this school year from the World Foreign Language Middle School (WFLMS) in Shanghai, China.
During her Sept. 15-26 visit, Liu spent time observing and teaching classes (including computer science, Mandarin, Chinese, history, English, acting and debate) at Harker’s lower, middle and upper schools. Reflecting on her observations, she called it a great honor to visit Harker.
“Harker not only provides excellent facilities but also rewarding curriculum, which benefits every student’s overall development. Teachers are professional and creative; they spare no effort in practicing Harker’s philosophy of pursuing excellence. I am deeply impressed by everything in Harker,” she said.
While visiting from Harker’s Chinese sister school, Liu also made time for sightseeing with several Harker faculty and staff members, who showed her such attractions as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Gilroy Outlets, Napa Valley and Carmel/Big Sur. A bittersweet farewell dinner the evening before Liu’s departure concluded her memorable time at Harker.
“Going to our world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is always a big hit with our visiting teachers. Rachel took so many pictures of the exhibits and the information placards to share with her students back in Shanghai,” recalled lower school teacher Kathy Ferretti, who accompanied Liu to the popular attraction.
Established in 1996, WFLMS is located in the southwest part of the Xuhui District in Shanghai, an area regarded as an important educational location. For many years, Harker has had both a student and teacher exchange program with WFLMS as part of its ongoing effort to build progressive academic and cultural relationships that prepare students to become global citizens.
“I thoroughly enjoyed hosting Rachel. … She observed a large variety of classes and was particularly interested in seeing how our teachers used technology in their curricula. The students responded very well to her and many mentioned they enjoyed having her visit their classrooms. What a wonderful experience for everyone!” reported Jennifer Walrod, Harker’s director of global education.