Aebeyo Abraha spends most of the year teaching chemistry at Smith High School in Greensboro. Last summer and again this year, he has been a valued member of the research staff of at N.C. A&T’s Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials.
But that work is on hold for the next two weeks as Abraha travels to India in a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The Teachers for Global Classrooms program will send 65 U.S. teachers abroad this summer (300 applied).
Abraha will visit middle schools, high schools and colleges in Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune. Other teachers are going to Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia, Morocco and Ukraine.
Abraha is particularly interested in bringing global awareness to his classroom and in how to relate science and technology to real-life problems. He’s also looking forward to comparing classrooms, lesson plans and other aspects of teaching.
“What are they doing differently?” he asks.