Fairfax HS teachers welcome Korean administrators
A group of Korean administrators visited Fairfax HS from the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program. They toured Fairfax Academy Korean, dance, fashion careers classes along with FHS science, and physical education classes. Academy teachers, Jin-A Chang and Song Johnston welcomed them and took time to speak to the group and answer questions, and Meredith Barnes invited them to observe her hip hop dance class. The group of educators even went out in the rain to see the garden with science teacher Bradley Webster, after he spoke about his classes, AP courses, Lion Time and R-Time and various other topics regarding Fairfax High School. The visitors engaged in a Q&A session with Mr. Webster’s R-Time students.
During the debrief and panel discussion about FHS and Fairfax Academy with Andrea Cook and Erin Molek, Robyn Langford joined and spoke to them in great detail about sports, female athletes, and the athletic department – as those were all special interests the visitors specifically inquired about before their arrival.
Fairfax High School senior Decker Barborek earned First Team All Met for Indoor Track and Field. The Washington Post called him the “area’s top pole vaulter, clearing 15 feet at the Patriot District championships.”
FHS swimmers Peter Makin (sophomore) earned Second Team All Met for swim and Julia Moser (junior) earned Honorable Mention. To see the complete list please see the Washington Post website.
Sponsored by City of Fairfax Schools Innovation Grant, Artist worked with students over week
Visiting artist John Smolko worked with art students for four days recently at Fairfax High School. Fairfax High art teacher Heather Dilatush invited Smolko, a professional artist and retired teacher who taught high school art for 35 years, to work with her students. Students in Art 1 to Advanced Placement (AP) art classes heard from Smolko on how to achieve expressiveness while they learned some tips on color theory.
Mason Pazhwak of George Mason University and Fairfax High School Alumni has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Malaysia from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Mr. Pazhwak will teach English, promote community engagement, and act as a cultural ambassador at a post assigned by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program.
Mr. Pazhwak is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov.