Toyota International Teacher Program Sends 40 U.S. Teachers to Japan

May 16, 2007

May 16, 2007 - TORRANCE, Calif. - Forty U.S. teachers, chosen as educational ambassadors by the Toyota International Teacher Program, will travel through rural and urban Japan from Tokyo to central Honshu June 22 through July 7, 2007.

For the first time since the Toyota teacher program's inaugural study tour to Japan in 1999, high school educators in all 50 States and the District of Columbia were invited to apply for the 2007 program. Previously open to teachers from only 10 states, Toyota sends educators on a study tour to learn about Japan's past and present, explore global issues and experience the culture firsthand. The selected teachers will bring their unique perspectives to those they meet in Japan, and upon their return to the United States, share insights from their experience with their students, colleagues and community.

The Toyota International Teacher Program to Japan focuses on four themes – history, education, environment and technology – and how these affect industry and society. Program activities include visits to elementary, secondary level schools, factories and sites of historical and environmental importance. The study tour will also be highlighted by discussions with well-known authors, historians, educators, environmentalists and business leaders. This unique experience has been distinguished as one of the preeminent professional development programs in the country for American teachers.

"In 1999, Toyota was proud to send its first group of teachers on an annual study tour to Japan. We now mark another milestone by selecting high school educators to participate from across the nation,” said Michael Rouse, corporate manager, philanthropy and community affairs, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. β€œAt a time when the need for a global community, workforce and society has never been greater, this expansion will help a broader spectrum of teachers integrate environmental and cultural themes in multiple disciplines."

Funded through a $1.2 million annual grant from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), the Toyota International Teacher Program is the only one of its kind sponsored by a major U.S. corporation. To date, nearly 500 teachers nationwide have participated.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) in Washington, D.C., the nation's most experienced nonprofit educational exchange organization, administers the program. "Exploring another society and culture transforms individuals and has a significant multiplier effect that extends to the classrooms and communities of every Toyota program participant," said IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman.

The study tour to Japan is one of three international professional development programs for teachers that Toyota sponsors each year. The Toyota International Teacher Program strives to expose educators of all disciplines to the diversity of peoples and ecosystems worldwide in an effort to inspire the creative teaching of international, cultural and environmental themes in U.S. schools and communities.

The next 2007 study tour will be to the Galapagos Islands in October, and the selection process for this program is currently underway, including applications from many bilingual educators. In March 2008, another international opportunity will be offered to Costa Rica, and applications are being accepted through September 7, 2007.

The 40 educators traveling to Japan this summer teach a variety of subjects and were selected based on their professional and leadership qualifications as well as their plans to incorporate their experiences and research into their curriculum. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, employed full-time as a secondary classroom teacher (grades 9-12) and have a minimum of three years of classroom experience. The 2007 Toyota International Teacher Program participants are:

John Griffin			Walter Wellborn High School		Anniston
Chelonnda Seroyer		Bob Jones High School			Madison

Ann Curtis			Shenandoah High School			El Dorado
Norma Mota-Altman		San Gabriel High School			Alhambra
Devery Rodgers			South East High School			South Gate

Terese LeFavor		        Cherokee Trail High School		Aurora

Richard Bilenchi		Punahou School				Honolulu

Kelly Frascht			Abraham Lincoln High School		Council Bluffs

Teena Bolton			Gifford Street High School		Elgin
Michael Delligatti		Canton High School			Canton

Gaea Wimmer			Centre High School			Lost Springs

Keri Polevchak		        South Oldham High School		Crestwood
Lyle Taylor			U.S. Grant Career Center		Bethel
Jeffrey Wright			Louisville Male Traditional High School	Louisville

Glenn Delcarpio		        John Ehret High School			Marrero
Elizabeth Meyers		French Settlement High School		French Settlement

Joshua Bridger		        Dover Sherborn High School		Dover

Kamilah Williams		Suitland High School			Forestville

Kristen VanDusen		Brewer High School			Brewer

Alicia Walker			Park Hill South High School		Riverside

North Carolina
Mary Beth Immediata		Ravenscroft School			Raleigh
Lisa Sterling			Southeast Guilford High School		Greensboro

North Dakota
Lynn Dewitz			Steele-Dawson Public School		Steele

New Jersey
Caryn (Lori) Perez		Livingston High School			Livingston

New York
Victoria Dougherty		Hudson High School			Hudson
Joel Key			Bronx High School for the Visual Arts	Bronx
Linda Maier			Emma Willard School			Troy

Jennifer Boggess		Mount Notre Dame High School		Cincinnati

Clayton Morishita		Clackamas High School			Clackamas
Nichole Spearman		Yamhill-Carlton High School		Yamhill

Laurence Marcial		Delaware Valley High School		Milford
Amy Pint			W.B. Saul High School of 
				Agricultural Sciences			Philadelphia
Thomas Redfern			Milton Hershey School			Hershey

South Dakota
Jerome Janisch		        Milbank High School			Milbank

Cecilia Moix			Franklin Road Academy			Nashville

Denise Howard		        Stratford Senior High School		Houston
Linda Mayfield			Newman Smith High School		Carrolton

Brian Kane			Lehi High School			Lehi

Chuchun Tsai			W T Woodson High School			Fairfax

Douglas Woodrow			Okanogan High School			Okanogan

About Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers. Toyota sold more than 2.5 million vehicles in 2006 in the United States.

About Toyota's Education Programs
In addition to sponsoring a number of nonprofit educational organizations, Toyota offers three major programs that support teachers with grants and students with scholarships; Toyota TAPESTRY, the largest K-12 science teacher grant program of its kind in the U.S.; Toyota Community Scholars, which provides 100 scholarships to high school seniors based on academics and community service and the Toyota International Teacher Program. Toyota also supports scholarships through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund; United Negro College Fund; Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; National FFA and the American Indian College Fund. In 2006, Toyota USA contributed $40 million to U.S. philanthropic programs, with a majority of funding supporting education. For more information, visit or contact

About the Institute of International Education
An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world's most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization. IIE designs and implements over 250 programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. IIE also conducts policy research and provides advice and counseling on international educational opportunities abroad. The Institute of International Education has a network of 15 offices worldwide, over 800 college and university members and more than 5,000 volunteers. Information about IIE can be obtained from IIE's Web site:, or by contacting Joshua Beatty at


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