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Education

It was an enticingly warm, spring-like evening when Yaji took over ThinkTank in Portland’s arts district in March. Lanterns were hanging at the main entrance in celebration of this being the final day of the Chinese Lunar New Year—a sense of newness permeating the air.

I’m vice-chair of the Mohawk Trail District’s School Committee and have a finger on the pulse of new and different things that happen. A year ago, our high school/middle school principal, Lynn Dole, traveled to China with Fox Intercultural Consulting and established sister-school relationships with Danghu High School in Pinghu and QingHe Middle School in Hangzhou.

Having missed the opportunity to celebrate Halloween with my students last year, I was even more determined to share with my Grade 8, 10 and 11 students the fun and wacky things Americans do to celebrate this holiday.

Bangor Daily News, July 14, 2014: The hallways of Searsport District High School normally would be sleepy and dark on a summertime weekend, but on Saturday the gymnasium was alive with the sounds of laughter and shouts — in Chinese.

The Times Record, June 2014: Fifth-graders from Harriet Beecher Stowe on Friday gave a bittersweet goodbye to the 21 Chinese exchange students they hosted last week. “There were a lot of hugs, and lots of tears,” said HBS Principal Jean Skorapa. Read the full story here.

June 2, 2014: Suzanne Fox was a featured guest on MPBN's radio show, Maine Calling. To listen to the show, click here.

The Forecaster, May, 2014: The term "international delegation" usually summons images of somber diplomats with business suits and briefcases. It's less likely to bring to mind chipper elementary school students, outfitted with lunchboxes and sneakers. Read the full story here...

My Mother’s Day was spent in Shanghai speaking to a mother’s book group about U.S. education and studying in New England. The evening before, I had given the same talk to a different audience: a Christian mom’s group.

As usual, our gathering in early March ranged through a wide variety of themes. The weather in Beijing this time of year is not great, but people joke that the gathering of officials and delegates for the National People's Congress clears the air quality with their "big talk", or "吹牛" (chuī niú).

Almost routinely over the past couple of months, I have been met with interesting experiences as I continue my teaching stint in a private Sino American school here in Zhangzhou, China.

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