I visited seven Pinellas County Schools and the Administration Building, Florida, with 20 other teachers in my prefecture, Iwate, Japan. We went there by a program named 'Sending Teachers to Schools Overseas' by the Ministry of Education in Japan. Although this was my 5th trip to overseas (3rd to USA), visiting Florida was my first time. It was a very good chance to update information about the USA, which I tell my students in my TEFL classes. It can be said that my primary purpose.
We were moved very much since all the people in the schools and the Administration Building were so good to us. I deeply appreciate it. Also, I made a lot of American friends during my visit. They are obviously my treasure in the future. Please keep in touch with me from now on.
I will put several hundred pictures taken by my digital camera in the links below.
Special thanks to Mr.Gary Wallace, a previous Assistant Language Teacher who has worked with me, for checking and correcting my English.
Thu. Oct.12 Departed from Narita at 16:20--Arrived at Tampa Bay at 19:28 (The flight took us 12hrs. 30mins.)
Fri. Oct.13 Orientation, Sightseeing in Tampa Bay
Sat. Oct.14 Departed from Tampa by bus--Arrived at St.Petersburg, Sightseeing in St.Petersburg
Sun. Oct.15 Studying about Penillas County
Mon. Oct.16 School visit to Countryside High School, and Perkins Elementary School
Tue. Oct.17 School visit to Baypoint Elementary School, and visit to the Administration Building
Wed. Oct.18 School visit to Eisenhower Elementary School, and Safety Harbor Middle School
Thu. Oct.19 School visit to Palm Harbor University High School, and Palm Harbor Middle School
Fri. Oct.20 Preperation of the Dinner Reception, Educational Exchange, and the Dinner Reception
Sat. Oct.21 Sightseeing in St.Petersburg, Home visiting
Sun. Oct.22 Observation of various activities in Pinellas County community
Mon. Oct.23 Departed from Orlando at 15:25--Arrived at L.A. at 17:26 (The flight took us 5hrs.)
Tue. Oct.24 Group Activity
Wed. Oct.25 Team Activity
Thu. Oct.26 Departed from L.A. at 11:00
Fri. Oct.27 Arrived at Narita at 14:20 (The flight took us 11hrs. 30mins.)
The pictures I took....