The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Teacher Quality is pleased to announce a new cohort of teachers from China who will be available to teach Mandarin Chinese in Arkansas Public Schools during the 2010-2011 school year. ADE Assistant Commissioner Beverly Williams personally interviewed this unit of teachers, and those with the highest level of speaking skills, writing skills, and language understanding were chosen to teach in Arkansas. Each of these candidates holds a master's degree in teaching Mandarin Chinese and has experience teaching Mandarin Chinese as a second language.
Superintendents of school districts interested in hiring a Mandarin Chinese teacher for the 2010-2011 school year are to send a letter on district letterhead to Ms. Barbara Culpepper at the address below. The letter is to clearly state the districtís interest in hiring one of these teachers.
In the near future, ADE will notify all interested parties and convene a meeting at which details of the program will be discussed. Representatives from districts that currently employ Chinese teachers from this program will be present to discuss all related topics.
Letters stating a school district's interest are to be sent by March 19, 2010, to:
Ms. Barbara Culpepper, Coordinator
Office of Teacher Quality
501 Woodlane Street, Suite 220-C
Little Rock, AR 72201