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Elkins teacher headed to Argentina

Part of Rotary exchange program

Jonathan Copsey
Members of Roswell Rotary Club, Lee Hollingsworth, left, and Sid Disher, right, surprised Elkins Pointe teacher Marcela Saltos, center, during class to inform her she was selected to spend two weeks in Argentina as part of an exchange program. (click for larger version)
May 07, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. An Elkins Pointe Middle School teacher is the newest local educator selected to travel to Argentina thanks to the Roswell Rotary.

Marcela Saltos, a native of Colombia, teaches Spanish and English as a second language. The Roswell Rotary selected her as the newest teacher to spend several weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, touring local schools and learning about the culture and teaching techniques.

"This will be a unique opportunity for someone who has three countries of educational experience," said Miranda Springman, principal of Elkins Pointe.

"The exchange can help Elkins Pointe and also the broader community," said Lee Hollingsworth, a Rotarian who has headed up the exchange. "A teacher touches a lot of people."

Roswell Rotary has operated their teacher exchange program for four years, alternating between sending a local teacher to Argentina for the summer and taking in an Argentine teacher in North Fulton during the winter. The Rotaries of both Roswell and Buenos Aires take care of the teachers and offer the program at no expense.

The teachers spend about two weeks touring local schools and learning foreign methods of teaching.

"The exchange is exciting," said Springman. "It helps you realize that the way you do things aren't the only way. The teachers learn so much."

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