Three teachers from Troup County joined a group of LaGrange College education graduate students as they spent a portion of their summer studying the education system in England.
Melissa Stanley of Callaway High School and Christine Crenshaw and Carla Cook of Rosemont Elementary School are graduates of the college’s education department.
“It was such a delight to travel with Carla, Christine and Melissa,” said Dr. Sharon Livingston, assistant professor and director of assessment at the college. “Their optimism and energy are contagious. These three are dedicated teachers who know the value of lifelong learning and continuously strive to make education better for their students.”
Crenshaw, who teaches first grade at Rosemont, said the trip was a way to observe teachers in another country.
“It was so interesting to see how England’s educational system works,” she said. “I’ve started using some of their practices in my own classroom.”
Cook, a kindergarten teacher at Rosemont, said this was the second trip she’s taken with the education department.
A math teacher at Callaway High, Stanley said this was her second trip to England with the college group.
“Returning to England was like visiting an old friend, inviting and comforting,” she said. “I particularly enjoyed touring the schools, engaging with the students and faculty there, sharing ideas and common educational concerns and joys. Of course, the friendships that are forged through the shared experiences of travel are irreplaceable.”
Dr. Don Livingston, chair of the education department, said the trip was part of a class for Education Specialist in Teacher Leadership candidates.
“These students are enrolled in a Comparative Education course where they study the British education systems through seminars, school visits and special presentations by (British) faculty.”
Livingston said this was the second year the group visited Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.
“We plan to do this trip every year,” he said. “Our students tell us that actually seeing the British schools in person helps solidify what they’ve learned in class.”
A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange College is consistently ranked in the top 10 among Southern schools by U.S.News & World Report. It is the oldest private institution of higher learning in Georgia and has an enrollment of more than 900 students.