International Student Teaching: 25 Students Receive Spring 2020 Placements

What will you learn by exploring new places and meeting new people?

Because Appalachian State University promotes global learning, the Reich College of Education (RCOE) strives to provide its teacher candidates with a well-rounded education through multicultural and international opportunities. 

25 RCOE students will participate in an immersive global experience as part of the college's International Student Teaching (IST) program. 

Eligible students apply to participate in IST and those selected by the RCOE International Committee spend the final one-third of their student teaching semester in an international school. Placements are available in six countries: Costa Rica (spring only), England, Germany, Ireland, South Africa (spring only) and Thailand.

Up to 25 students are accepted for placements during the fall and spring semesters.

Spring 2020 Placements

The students selected for spring 2020 placements (by country) are:

Costa Rica

Participants will student teach at Colegio Metodista de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica. 

  • Megan Aeschleman, Middle Grades Education, Science and Social Studies
  • Lexie All, Spanish Education
  • Victoria Fortenberry, Elementary Education
  • Cassidy Harris, Middle Grades Education, Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Abbey Long, Elementary Education
  • Adam Ortega, English Education
  • David Podbieiski, English Education
  • Dorothy Williams, Middle Grades Education, Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Olivia Woody, Elementary Education

England - Potter's Bar

Participants will student teach at Wroxham School in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England. 

  • Hope Bryant, Elementary Education
  • Tabitha Wallace, Theatre Arts Education

England - Puckeridge

Participants will student teach at Ralph Sadleir School in Puckeridge, Hertfordshire, England.

  • Samantha Burnett, Theatre Arts Education
  • Kaitlyn Lambert, Elementary Education
  • Miranda Miller, Elementary Education
  • Savannah Washco, Elementary Education


Participants will student teach at Gutenbergschule in Karlsruhe, Germany. 

  • Camille Dupree, Elementary Education
  • Laura Ialuna, Elementary Education
  • Jacob Morgan, Middle Grades Education, Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Kara Old, History Social Studies Education

Ireland - Bray

Participants will student teach at Bray School Project National School in Bray, Ireland. 

  • Elizabeth Heaton, Elementary Education
  • Diane McPherson, Career and Technical Education, Business, Finance and Information Technology


Participants will student teach at Piboonbumpen Demonstration School, Burapha University in Bangsaen, Thailand.

  • Whitney Billingsley, Elementary Education
  • Leah Fredenburgh, Elementary Education
  • Fiona Skenderi, Elementary Education
  • Katelynn Skinner, Elementary Education

Follow the Adventure

International student teachers share their experiences via a weekly blog that is posted to the International Student Teaching webpage. Follow them as they travel and teach abroad. 

Each blog will include the student’s perspective on their experience traveling, weekends spent exploring the country, and their experiences week to week teaching including their view on the school, teachers, and curriculum. 

Be an International Clinical Educator

If you are interested in IST, you should attend an information session and apply one semester prior to your student teaching semester. Visit the International Student Teaching webpage for scheduled sessions*, to learn more about the application process and to see upcoming deadlines.

The deadline to apply for fall 2020 placements is February 17, 2020. If you missed the information sessions but are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Bill Peacock for more information.

*Information sessions are held at the beginning of each semester. The webpage will be updated with a schedule of sessions as that information becomes available.

Published: Feb 3, 2020 4:33pm