Every year, the Cordell Hull Foundation presents orientations around the country in various cities on the East and West Coasts and in between.  In 2017 two dozen were scheduled in New York City, Oregon, Washington, DC, Kentucky, New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan, Indianapolis, Tucson, and Portland and Salem, Oregon. We consider the orientation the most important part of the Teacher Exchange Program, training in the complicated J-1 visa and preparation for the inevitable adjustments to living in a different culture.



LanguageDATE                   CITY
ThursSpanishJune – variousSalem, Oregon
ThursMandarinJuly 25Bowling Green, KY – Betty YU, Ph.D
Fri.SpanishAug. 11Indianapolis, IN
Sun.EnglishAug. 1Washington, DC
Sat.English – MandarinAug. 19New York City – separate sessions
Sat.FrenchAug. 19Santa Rosa, CA – Benjamin Orillon
Mon.English/ MandarinAug. 25Kalamazoo, MI – Lee Ryder, Esq.
Sat.FrenchAug. 24Minnesota – Veronique Liebman
Sun.FrenchAug. 27New York City – Benjamin Orillon, Marianne Mason
Sat.MandarinSept. 16San Diego – William Arthur
Sun.EnglishSept. 23Denver, CO – William Arthur
Sat.EnglishSept 24Burbank, CA – Marianne Mason
Sun.FrenchSept 25Burbank, CA – Sebastien Pelletier, Nadine Bouriche
Sat.EnglishSept 30San Francisco – Marianne Mason
Sun.FrenchOct. 1San Francisco – Benjamin Orillon, Marianne Mason
Sat.EnglishOct. 7Tucson, AZ – William Arthur
Sat.SpanishOct. 21Detroit
Sat.EnglishOct. 28New Orleans, La – Yu Jiang, Ph.D, Marianne Mason
Sat.FrenchTBDKansas City – Elimane MBengue


Benjamin ORILLON


Benjamin Orillon is a bilingual American citizen, native to France.  He served as President of the exclusive Association of French Schools in North America, an organization of approximately forty-five US and Canadian French-American schools certified to teach the national curriculum of France, from 2006 to 2010.

He has moderated CHF orientations in both French and English in San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas, and New York City.

Currently Lower School Head at the French American School of Puget Sound (near Seattle, Washington), he previously served as Chief Admin Officer of the Lycée Français de San Francisco, Head of the Lycée Louis Pasteur in Calgary, Canada, Lower School Principal of the International School of the Peninsula, in Palo Alto, California, and Head of School of the bilingual French-Japanese Kansai French School in Kyoto, Japan.

Passionate about bilingual education, Benjamin earned a BA in Linguistics from University of Rouen in 2004 and holds a teaching degree from Ecole Normale du Var in France.  Having also taught at various schools in France and the French International School in Hong Kong, he has extensive experience in international education and language acquisition.

Marianne MASON

As President of the Cordell Hull Foundation, Marianne Mason has designed and presented orientations in New York, several California cities, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Dallas and Austin, and a dozen other US cities in English and French.  She presented similar orientations in 2009-10 in Paris and Athens on invitation from the Greek and French governments.  Marianne has overseen the growth of CHF’s teacher exchange program spanning two decades from 30 to 700 teachers sponsored per year.

She earned a Masters degree in Non-Profit management from New School University in 2005 and a post-graduate certificate from Stanford University for Non-profit leaders in 2008.  She speaks French and Spanish.   She began her career in International Education as a public elementary school French teacher.

Her book J-1 Visa Uncloaked–Complete Cultural Training Guide, available on Amazon.com, contains the Foundation’s new-teacher orientation materials compiled over a decade of collaborating with professional foreign educators:  Orientation Manual, Pre-Arrival guide for exchange teachers, Visa and Immigration Booklets, and Orientation quiz materials in six languages.  Version II was updated in 2015.  The third edition is now being edited to reflect the new J-1 teacher regulations implemented in February 2016.

Also a professional actress, Marianne also performs periodically in New York theatre, television and web series.

William ARTHUR

William-Arthur-headshotWilliam Arthur, an International School principal, has worked in multicultural schools in the UK, Middle East and West Africa. He holds the NPQH-National Professional Qualification for Headship in England from the University of London, a BSc Honors in Biological Sciences from the University of Cape Coast and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University.

Since 2014 he has conducted new-teacher orientations for CHF in Colorado, San Diego, Tucson, and New York City. He helps anticipate challenges they will face and offer solutions for overcoming them.  William has mentored or supervised mentoring of trainee teachers from several UK universities: Bedford, Open, Leicester, Northampton, De Montfort , Greenwich, and London Metropolitan Universities in the United Kingdom.

In December 2015, Tucson International School was named by the Hanban as the “Confucius Classroom of the Year in the US” and top 10 in the world.  As Head of School, he traveled to Shanghai to personally receive the award from the Vice Premier of China.

As a School Head, William provides transformational leadership and inspires his students to excel.

Betty YU, Ph.D

Betty Sheng-Huei Yu  于聖惠 was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US when she was nine years old.  She is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese.  She has given orientations for new teachers in J-1 visa status for the Cordell Hull Foundation for several years. Currently, she works as an Instructional Specialist for the Metro Nashville Public Schools.  She has twelve years of teaching and administrative experience in the K-12 public education system. Also Dr. Yu served four years as Associate Director for the Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University (WKU).

Betty has a broad educational background including a BS in Economics from Vanderbilt University, Masters in Elementary School Counseling, Rank I in Supervisor of Instruction, and Education Doctorate in the Organizational Leadership strand from Western Kentucky University.

Carlos CHUBB

Born in England and raised in Spain, Carlos Chubb has presented orientations for CHF in 2016 and 2017 in Washington, DC, Indianapolis and New York City.  He wrote, designed and implemented two hugely popular Kahoot quizzes into the orientation program on the history of the Foundation, US political structure, and the J-1 visa.  When not representing CHF at orientations or on video, he teaches Spanish and coaches Basketball.

Prior to coming to the US two years ago in J-1 visa teacher status, he taught English, Science, and Math in Sevilla, Spain. He also served as a parent counselor in a private school in Spain.

You can find a selection of CHF Instruction videos on this website narrated by Carlos in English and Spanish by accessing the following link:  www.cordellhull.com/instruction-videos

Susana GHIO

Susana Ghio served as an educator and administrator in Oregon public Schools for many years.  Susana has presented orientations to CHF Spanish teachers in Oregon, Detroit,  Indianapolis, Idaho and Utah.  She represented CHF at the Capacitacion in Puebla, Mexico in March 2016 where she presented an J-1 Visa orientation for 90 exchange teachers for the Mexican Migrant summer program and tested their English competence.

For the past few years, she conducted a mid-year Encuentra for CHF teachers of Spanish to obtain feedback on their challenges to adjusting to life in the US.

Susana narrated three CHF orientation videos which can be accessed on this website under Orientation:  http://cordellhull.com/videos