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Two students selected to teach in Europe

MAY 1, 2003 - Two Muskingum College students are putting their education to work a long way from New Concord. Kate Ryder '04 and Jessica Raffelson '04 will travel to Europe to teach English to students in Spain and France, respectively.

Ryder will teach at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, Spain. She will teach English as a second language to Spanish-English majors and to those interested in taking an English course. Ryder is the fourth Muskingum student to teach in Spain.

Dr. Russ Brown, professor of Spanish, offered Ryder this opportunity, but Ryder didn't give it more complete thought until she did a semester abroad at the University of Alcala de Henares in Spain. Ryder said she is very much looking forward to her next experience across the ocean. "Even if you have only a small interest in traveling and studying in another country, do it," Ryder said.

"One semester abroad was not enough for me. I am very excited to be returning to Spain. I love the new appreciation for the U.S. I feel when I'm over there," Ryder said.

Raffelson is president of the French Club, and majors in French with a minor in Spanish. She will be going to the Institut Unversitaire de Technologie in Nice in the south of France.

Raffelson will assist 10 different professors and may act as a substitute when the faculty needs her. "I don't know exactly what courses I'll be involved in, but the school specializes in computer science, engineering, marketing and business," she said.

Dr. Jean Morris, associate professor of French, told Raffelson about the possibility of teaching in Nice, gave her information about it and guided her through the application process. Dr. Morris also was a student teacher at IUT.

Raffelson will leave this August for nine months and Ryder will leave this September, returning to the states next June.