Twyla Bryant, who completed the initial post-baccalaureate teacher certification program at the University of North Georgia (UNG) College of Education in May, was one of 12 teachers-in-training selected by the Transatlantic Outreach Program from the Goethe-Institut to take part in a study trip to Germany, financed by the Halle Foundation.
Bryant, an eighth-grade Georgia Language Arts and Studies teacher at CW Davis Middle School in Flowery Branch, Georgia, participated in the July 8-20 study trip.
She is grateful that she can already pass on some of what she has experienced to her students.
“When I say it changed my life, I feel like that’s an understatement,” Bryant said. “It was great to have this experience and to be able to show my students that there’s a whole world outside of Georgia that we can explore.”
Bryant was a paraprofessional for five years at Oakwood Elementary School before completing post-baccalaureate work at UNG. The Gainesville, Georgia resident was grateful to have gotten the overall preparation to lead her own class.
“I never imagined doing something like this,” Bryant said. “It’s good to see other educational programs and what I can bring back to class.”