Academics / Winter 2009

Education Major Gets a Taste of England

The opportunity for Mount Mercy students to study abroad is often easier than they might think. Of course, having your college’s president flex his overseas connections on your behalf doesn’t hurt. Just ask Stephanie Klein, a senior education major from Solon, Iowa.

Klein’s dream was to study in Europe for a semester, and that dream became a reality when Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake personally connected her with faculty at the University of Northampton. Klein now teaches special needs children at a local primary school. She’ll stay four months– long enough, she hopes, to fully absorb English culture and community.

Klein isn’t the only Mustang abroad. Associate Professors of Education Ellen O’Keefe and Nancy Merryman will travel with students this spring to Canterbury to explore the possibility of future student exchanges.

Klein recognizes the unique opportunities study abroad programs afford. “This semester will be one I will never forget, and I am very grateful to Dr. Blake, the Education Department, and the University of Northampton for making this a possibility,” says Klein. “The opportunities to meet new people, learn about new cultures and see the world are unforgettable.”

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