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Teachers from overseas school visit Iowa classrooms


Four educators from the American Overseas School of Rome visited North Tama schools in Traer. They met with teachers and fielded questions about Italy from students.

"I've worked at American School of Rome for more than 30 years, but this is my first experience being in an American school in the USA," said Susan Prideaux.

The AOSR and North Tama are partner schools sharing ideas and information.

"This small town is reaching out to the world," Miriam O'Brien.

It started because the former North Tama Elementary principal, Steve Foster, is now a principal in Rome. After North Tama counselor Teresa Keefe O'meara visited the overseas school last year, the idea came about to bring the Rome educators to Iowa.

"I've talked to many teachers and gotten many ideas we'll be able to use in our school," said Prideaux.

Elementary School Coordinator Susan Prideaux, originally from Australia, said she wants to take ideas on instrumental music and band back with her.

Miriam O'Brien, originally from Ireland, is a reading teacher. She said she's impressed with how much time the students spend reading each day and hopes to take that back to Italy.

"I've just been amazed at the professionalism of the teachers, how engaged the students are, the resources that are available locally," said O'Brien.

All four said they're enjoying the scenery of Iowa and not getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from school. Plus, the students are very impressive.

"The kids are really developing as whole people. They're extremely polite, hard working and quiet," said O'Brien.

The AOSR teachers said they can't express enough thanks to everyone with the school and in the community for being so welcoming during their week-long visit.

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