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Barrow BOE introduced to international hires

WINDER - Barrow County School's participation in the Visiting International Faculty program gives more than lip service to its slogan of "World-class education, hometown values."

Winder Barrow High School Principal Rob Johnson introduced school board members to two of the new hires for this year, citing them as an example of this world class education.

Gillian Hume from Australia will be teaching ninth-grade science. She has been hired by the Barrow County School district on a three-year stint through the VIF Program.

Douglas Agar from Canada is the other acquisition. Agar is bringing 30 years of experience to the special education program at Winder-Barrow High School.

"This is one way we can truly bring international talent to share with us," Johnson said. "We are very excited to have them here. They have already won the hearts of the kids and faculty."

VIF is a program that recruits educators from outside the United States and matches them with primary and secondary schools in the U.S. for up to three years at a time. The VIF teachers serve not only as full-time classroom teachers, but also as ambassadors, helping open students' eyes to the world beyond their borders.

Johnson said that he had heard about the program, watched the video and visited North Carolina where the program is based before decided to participate in it. VIF offers teachers from 52 countries the opportunity to take part in this exchange program.