William Arthur is an experienced School principal and educator who has worked in multicultural schools in the UK, Middle East and West Africa and currently U.S.A. He has worked in both outstanding and challenging UK schools.
He holds a BSc Hons degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Cape Coast and a Post Graduate in Education from Cambridge University, plus a certificate in Leadership from the National College of School Leadership in the U.K. He is currently obtaining the National Professional Qualification for Headship at the University of London.
William has presented orientations for the Cordell Hull Foundation in San Diego, Colorado, Arizona and New York City. He has mentored or supervised the mentoring of trainee teachers from Bedford University, Open University, Leicester University, Northampton University, De Montfort University, Greenwich University, and London Metropolitan University–all in the United Kingdom.
In December 2015, the school which he heads was named by the Hanban as the “Confucius Classroom of the Year in the US” and top 10 in the world. He traveled to Shanghai last year to personally receive the award from the Vice Premier of China. He travels extensively in Europe and Asia.
As a Head of School, he provides transformational leadership and as a teacher, he inspires his students to excel, which he also does when he delivers J-1 visa orientations to new teachers sponsored by CHF. It is our honor for William Arthur to represent the Cordell Hull Foundation delivering J1 visa orientations all over the US for cultural exchange teachers who come to the US from over sixty countries to help anticipate challenges they will face and offer solutions for overcoming them, thereby making the most of their exchange experience while in the US.
Susana Ghio has served as an educator and administrator for 30 years, and began representing CHF on the West Coast in September 2015 with the presentation and filming of the CHF Spanish orientation in Portland Oregon. She also designs and conducts an Encuentra for teachers of Spanish in mid-year sponsored annually to obtain feedback and offer further guidance on their progress in adapting to US culture and the public school system in Oregon.
She presented CHF orientations to new teachers coming from the Spanish Government exchange program this year in Detroit, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana. She also presented in Spanish to a mixed group of Mexican and Spanish teachers in Salem, Oregon. Susana represented CHF at the Capacitacion in Puebla, Mexico in March 2016 where she presented an J-1 Visa orientation for 90 teachers and interviewed all the CHF teachers being sponsored for the Mexican Migrant program to test their oral communication in English. She also has helped orient teachers from Mexico working in CHF’s summer program to make the transition to year-round teaching.
Susana is an Argentinian-American immigration lawyer holding certifications in Elementary Education K-8 and Secondary Education: and an Administrator License ESOL/Bilingual Education /Spanish. She has worked with CHF for many years and was elected in March 2016 to serve on the Cordell Hull Foundation’s Educational Advisory Board at the Board of Trustees Meeting.
Susana colorfully and expertly narrated three CHF orientation videos which can be viewed on: www.vimeo.com/154676090, …153993958, … and 153582272 – current passwords to view: chfny (Passwords are subject to change without notice.)
Benjamin Orillon is a bilingual American citizen, native to France. Benjamin served as the President of the 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.
Currently Lower School Head at the French American School of Puget Sound, 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.