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Schools in two different countries become partners

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TRAER (KWWL) -

For 28 years, Steve Foster was the elementary school principal here at North Tama in Traer.

Now, he's in his second year as principal at the American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR). Foster said 50 countries are represented at the school.

"We provide an American school experience for the military families, the state employees, American businessmen and their families overseas, along with Italians who want to have an American school experience," said Steve Foster.

Foster's move to Italy came about when an old neighbor who worked for the state department suggested he look into an opportunity to go overseas.

"I got online, and I did some research. Ran into a man named Ralph Yar from Margeno, and he recruits for overseas schools. He encouraged me to join their system and I did and I got this job in Rome," said Foster.

Foster's former colleague at North Tama, counselor Teresa Keefe O'Meara, visited AOSR for a week in October to train staff in conflict management. Her trip triggered the idea of a formal partnership between the schools.

Some of the teachers at AOSR have American teaching experience, but the ones who don't are expected to visit North Tama later this year.

"Hopefully travel both directions as well. Nothing takes the place of being there and being able to have those conversations with other professionals," said Teresa Keefe O'Meara.

The goal of the partnership is to improve education for students in Rome and Traer.

"It's important for students to get a global aspect," said O'Meara.

O'Meara and Foster said the students are more similar than different, despite going to school in two different countries.

"Both schools are doing great things, and the more they can share with each other, the more both can benefit," said Foster.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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