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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press • May 1,2013 + PHOTO COURTESY OFTHE SAN MARCOS ISD San Marcos Teachers of the Year San Marcos CISD Teachers of the Year are Elida Smith, Bilingual Education at Bowie Elementary; Connie Bagley, Dyslexia Specialist at Crockett Elementary; Vicki Alford, Special Education at De Zavala Elementary; Amanda Cochran, Pre-kindergarten at Hernandez Elementary; Elizabeth Smith, Dyslexia Reading at Mendez Elementa- ry; Journeth First, English Language Learners at Travis Elementary; James Pactanac, Math and athletics coach of Goodnight Middle School; Brian Cole, English Language Arts and World History at Miller Middle School; Jess Meyer, Social Studies at San Marcos High School. The San Marcos mayor and city council will recognize the SMCISD Teachers of the Year at 4:30 p.m. on May 7, National Teachers Day, in the council chambers. Cultural Exchange Continued from pg. 3B have to write everything down in every class, never multiple choice." All the other students chimed in, saying multiple choice ques- tions are unheard of in their countries. Another difference for the students is the culture of drinking alcohol and doing illegal drugs among nigh school students. Valeria recalled an incident earlier this school year where drug sniffing dogs were brought into a classroom. Another stu- dent told her it was "normal." For most students, the drink- ing age is 16 or 18, so in some ways, they are already past the excitement of having their first legal drink. According to Eline, "it's just not a big deal anymore." And while she hails from a cotmtry where smoking pot is legal, she said in her experience, American students are doing more drags than students in the Netherlands. One thing the students had in common was they like it here. A few are even considering com- ing back to the United States for college. "I would like Texas for college but maybe Pittsburg, PA," said Candice Duplan of France. Her brothers were exchange students a few years ago- they were placed in Tuscan, AZ. Exchange students are able to select their host country but the town or city in which they end up is a surprise. While in the exchange pro- gram, the students said they are not allowed to visit their families either by going back or having them come here, but they can write, call and email. All of them use Skype to communicate with folks back home. Cnidchol visited her older brother in Dal- las once but he has not been to Central Texas. When asked if before they came here, they thought Ameri- cans were fat, lazy and obnox- ious. That question elicited many giggles, though they were hesitant to say outright that was the case. Over the course of their time in the United States, the students said their worldview, opinions and perceptions have changed. "You're just a little part of the world," Valeria said. "There is always another part of the world - you're not alone. You have to respect everyone because there are other people in the world." Eline said she can tell she is different since coming to this eountly. "I changed a lot since I left my country," she said. "My person- ality is, like, way different." Even her friends say her per- sonality is very different. Eline is one of the students who said she would live in this country after college. She dreams of working for a large company and travel- ing all over the world. The others made similar comments: "You just change." "You get used to totally different things." "You're independent." Looking back over the last eight months, the exchange students had mostly positive experiences. Some had done a little traveling- Missouri, Corpus Christi, Las Vegas, San Antonio. Candace visited the LBJ ranch as well as Houston and Galveston. "We went to NASA. It was re- ally cool," she said. Candace, among others, recommended telling future ex- change students to bring empty suitcases to pack all of the things they want to buy for themselves and their families back home. Valeria would pack a bag full of peanut butter to take back home - she fell in love with it. For Candace, it wasn't just one thing she wanted to take back. '1 want to buy everytningy" Candace said. m Ear. 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