United Arab Emirates 2017

Date: March 10 through March 19, 2017

This delegation of educators returned from the March 10-19, 2017 study tour in the United Arab Emirates with exciting stories and experiences to share with their students and communities. Trip highlights include touring the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, meeting with the Ministers of Education and Happiness, riding in self-driving cars, visiting local schools and “dune-bashing” in Jeeps across the dunes in the desert!

Participating Educators

  • Alexandra Siemon: Dana Hall School- Private (Brookline, MA) - Western Civilization (9th), Middle Eastern Studies (10th), Advanced Placement European History (12), Global Education Introduction (9th) 
  • Bill Spedding: Keystone School- Private (San Antonio, TX) - World History; Modern China (10-12) elective; Modern Middle East (10-12) elective
  • Carolyn Reitz: Booker T Washington HS for Performing Arts- Dallas ISD (Dallas, TX) - World History (9), Sociology/Psychology (12)
  • Courtney Ferrari: Valley Catholic Middle School- Private (Portland, OR) - Social Studies (7-8)
  • Dawn Schmidt: Desert Vista High School- Tempe Union High School District (Chandler, AZ) - AP World History (10), Honors US History (11), AP European History (12)
  • Deana Dynis: Coppell ISD Administration (Coppell, TX) - Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, AP/IB/GT courses (9-12)
  • Dhara Lad: Emmett J. Conrad High School- Dallas ISD (Dallas, TX) - Pre-AP World Geography (9)
  • Kathryn Hodgkinson: The Hockaday School- Private (Dallas, TX) - World History & US Geography (9-10)
  • Kristi Neuroth: Ravenwood High School- Williamson County School District (Nolensville, TN) - AP Human Geography (9-12)
  • Lindsay Bowman: Harrisburg Academy- Private (Mechanicsburg, PA) - U.S. History (6), Civics & U.S. History (7), Geography and Global Issues (8)
  • Nicole Vickerman: Clark High School- Plano ISD (Plano, TX) - World Geography, Pre AP/IB World Geography (9)
  • Wendy Seeliger: Lewisville High School- Lewisville ISD (Lewisville, TX) - World History, AP World History (10)

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