Cultural Activity Reports

  Ann Maria Hourigan 

Ann Maria Hourigan teaches in a British International Baccalaureate Pre-K to Grade 8 (IB) school in Manhattan consisting of approximately one-third British, one-third American and one-third international families. She plans annual excursions for New York students to visit the school’s sister city in London and serves as Head of the Science Department and IB Coordinator. Her report focuses on:

1.  Cross-cultural exchange (London and New York schools)
2.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative
2.  British Science Week

Click on the photo above to access her report.

Shanshan LIU

Shanshan LiRound-Colorful Chinese charactersu comes from the prestigious Hanban Program, the Education Agency of China which carefully selects their top teaching talent and generously dispatches highly qualified and motivated Chinese teachers all over the world, paid by the Chinese Government, to spread Chinese culture and teach Mandarin.  She teaches in an Elementary School in Western Kentucky and also participates in a variety of community outreach programs throughout the state including the Confucius Institute’s Traveling Mobile Bus which features displays and videos on Chinese culture.

Click on the photo above to access her report.



cottagefrancaisbalboa_regine-roundRegine has now been teaching at the San Diego French Immersion School, La Petite Ecole, for three years.

She finds ingenious ways to incorporate French History, Geography, cuisine, traditions, art, and celebrations into teaching both in the classroom, during innovative field trips, and at festivals, fairs, and other events in and around San Diego.  She also volunteers for the Balboa Park Holiday Nights which attracts visitors living all over California and surrounding states, where people from many countries and cultures share their food, music and art.

Click on the photo at left to access her report.


         Julien BUDRINO



Julien BUDRINO has been teaching at a French-American International School in New York City for the past few years and submitted this report involving excursions around the city as part of his request for a 4th and 5th year extension in J-1 Teacher Visa status.

Click on the photo at left to access his report.




           Oscar PAU


Oscar PAU hails from Spain.  He is currently in his second J-1 visa term working at an International    School in New York City.

After 6 years, he is now helping to create the curriculum for the Spanish language program, and thanks to the new J-1 teacher extension for an additional 4th and 5th year, he has just received approval to stay for two more years.  He also lends his organization skills to aid the Cordell Hull    Foundation in presenting new-teacher orientations in New York in August.

Click on the photo at left to access his report.


      Leah Schmalenberg

Lee Schmalenberg teaches in a private school in California, and is showing her 5th-8th grade students how to place ice curling.

Instead of playing on ice, she substitutes a sunny field in Los Angeles.  Ice Curling is a sport that Canada usually dominates in the Winter Olympics.

The goal is for students to learn the rules of a new game and to gain interest in watching other countries compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

For the second Interactive Internet cultural activity, her students collaborated with a 6th grade Science class in Canada to develop a mini science fair, presenting two separate projects to each school, sharing ideas through chat, blog, and email.  Students can get ideas from others who live in different climates and have experienced extreme weather conditions to help them better understand their project topic.