Troy Community School District 30-C administrator Kristin Johnson recently spent 10 days in Nepal, conducting math workshops with teachers and working with educators and fourth grade students in their classrooms.
As Troy’s director of curriculum and assessment, with a background in elementary education, Johnson was chosen by Origo Education to be its United States educator representative to work with the not-for-profit STEM education organization, Teachers2Teachers Global.
Johnson applied for the sponsorship because she wanted to share with the Nepali teachers the methods she has learned work best in teaching mathematics to young students
The workshops were called, “A new way of teaching math,” and included hands-on work and student-to-student interaction in the classroom.
The programs were held in the cities of Kathmandu, Bharatpur and Pohkara, and the coaching sessions were held at Gandaki Boarding School in Pohkara, where models of triangles, squares and rectangles were handmade by carving blocks of wood.
Johnson said she will bring new ways of thinking and perspectives back to her Troy schools.
While there, Johnson was also able to experience Nepal’s culture, cuisine and nature. She visited Buddhist temples, went on a safari and took a mountain flight to see Mount Everest.