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Volunteer Teacher Mrs. Susan Cannon


Mrs. Susan Cannon is an American teacher with over 25 years of classroom experience in elementary, middle, and high school. She earned a Master's degree in Education from Harvard University . She is currently teaching high school history, English and oral English at the Episcopal Academy, a college preparatory independent school near Philadelphia .

When talking about her teaching philosophy, Susan said: "I have a strong commitment to enhancing the critical thinking and moral development of my students in advisory and classes in English, history and debate. I aim to create an atmosphere in which my students feel safe to risk expressing opinions and fully participating; therefore, I strive to make my classroom a place in which people respect the ideas and beliefs of others and actively listen to each other. Knowing that each student has individual learning strengths and weaknesses, I create learning opportunities in which students may improve their current skills and develop higher levels of knowledge. I try hard to help students become more aware of how they learn best, and to help them develop new ways to learn! I want to inspire students to think about important issues, care about solving problems, and taking positive action to change the world for the better!"

Mrs. Susan Cannon used different artifacts including pictures, greeting cards from her American students to teach the students English, and she also sang songs in English with the students. These activities served as ice breakers to create warm and friendly atmosphere for the students and teachers to put their uneasiness and fear aside. At the end of the day, many students came to Mrs. Cannon to talk to her, and thanked her for her unforgettable presentation. Some surrounded her to get an autograph.

To understand the students better, Mr. & Mrs. Cannon visited the students' families in the evening. They are impressed by the dedications that many Xinglong students have put in their own education and the 100% support that the parents have provided to the students.


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2006 the Phelex Foundation Youth Urban-suburban Cross-cultural Exchange

Thomas Saccardi,a visitor from Wall Street,inspected Dripping Water project and Xieshan project

American volunteers' teaching activity in Xinglong County during the May Day Holiday

In April 2006,The Raybin Q.Wong Educational Foundation's representative Ms.Shaopeizhen visited the tuition-aid project in Xinglong Vocational School.

In April 2006,UPM representative Ms.Soile visited the tuition aid project in Lukou, Jiangsu Province, accompanied by Phelex staff.

In March 2006,community council elelction meeting was held Sichuan and Guizhou Province.

Between November 22 and 28, 2005,visit elementary schools in Henan Province.

Cultural communication between Chinese and American students in 2004.

In 2004,report from the Ansi Elementary School in Yanan.

In August 2003,Making Connections-- City Youngsters meet Rural Children.

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