Tonight, 184 graduates walked across the stage in Wallace Theater to accept their official SEI diploma. Both staff and students agree that SEI has grown and developed students in a very unique way. At SEI, the staff have spent three weeks building strong relationships with students and passing on valuable knowledge about American culture. Additionally, the skills gained in the classroom will benefit the students for the rest of their lives. Tonight we took ample time to celebrate the incredible effort displayed by each student at SEI this year. 184 students will be headed home next week with improved language skills, many new friends and incalculable memories.
The SEI teachers, and a handful of support staff will be headed home in the morning. Because the teachers will not be attending travel week, many students took the opportunity to say thank you to each teacher, and snap a photo or two before they officially said goodbye. Expressing gratitude is an important skill that many students learn at SEI. It’s exciting for the staff to watch the students take initiative to publicly thank and provide encouragement to their teachers. A wise person once said, “students may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel”. This statement sums up the SEI teaching staff well, as they have worked hard in the classroom to build relationships and encourage each student at SEI.
Question of the a day: What do you feel the most proud of?
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: SEI PHOTOGRAPHERS, Michael Johnson and Lindsay Laurie
Mr. Johnson serves as the lead photographer at SEI this year. He was born and raised in Chicago and attended a WAnet high school. He has a degree in Graphic Design from Anderson University and has been doing commercial photography for almost 20 years. Mr. Johnson taught English and Art in South Korea for 3.5 years and is passionate about interacting with international students. In his free time he likes to play trivia, drink coffee and converse with friends.
Fun fact: his photography appears in collections around the world.
Lindsay Laurie is assisting Mr. Johnson with photography needs at SEI. She currently attends a WAnet school and will be a senior this year. She has lived in Beijing, China, West Palm Beach, Florida and Chicago, Illinois. In her free time she likes to play soccer, write poetry, work on her photography skills and travel.
Fun fact: the average height of the photography team (Mr. Johnson and Lindsay Laurie) is 165 cm.