Local teacher selected to study in Japan this summer

Two Alabama teachers have been selected to participate in the Toyota International Teacher Program and will spend two weeks this summer studying in Japan.

Toyota made the announcement today.

Selected from a pool of national applicants, Chelonnda Seroyer, an English teacher from Bob Jones High School in Madison, will travel through rural and urban Japan from Tokyo to central Honshu June 22 through July 7.  She will  learn about Japan's past and present, explore global issues and experience the culture firsthand.

Joining Seroyer on the tour is alumnus John Griffin, an algebra, trigonometry and statistics teacher from Walter Wellborn High School in Anniston, who returns to Japan this year to help mentor members of the new group.

The Toyota International Teacher Program to Japan focuses on four themes - history, education, environment and technology - and how these affect industry and society. Program activities include visits to elementary, secondary level schools, factories and sites of historical and environmental importance. The study tour will also be highlighted by discussions with well-known authors, historians, educators, environmentalists and business leaders. This unique experience has been distinguished as one of the preeminent professional development programs in the country for American teachers.