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Edinboro University officials welcome to campus Sweden’s International English School recruiters

Seeking teachers of all subjects for private Swedish schools

01/23/2012

EDINBORO, Pa -- Three representatives from Sweden’s Internationella Engelska Skolan (International English School) will meet Tuesday with Edinboro University School of Education officials and students in a recruiting effort for the Swedish schools.

The International English School is one of the leading free schools in Sweden, delivering education to more than 11,000 students in 17 schools and showing results far above the national average there, according to Dr. Jody Gallagher, director of Edinboro’s Career Development and Adult Student Services, and Philomena M. Gill, Associate Director of Career Development and Adult Student Services.

IES recruiters will tour Edinboro’s campus, and then meet with students during a number of sessions Tuesday morning and afternoon.

According to Edinboro’s career counseling office, IES’ core competence is at the middle school level, with students 10-to-16 years of age.

The philosophy of the IES, which was founded as a private school in 1993 and approved by the Swedish National Agency of Education, is based on the premise that “English is the language of the world” and that for Swedish students to succeed globally, they must have a command of the English language.

Because of Edinboro University’s reputation for producing excellent teachers at all levels, the university has become a regular stop on IES’ recruiting missions to the United States.

Last year, for example, two Edinboro School of Education graduates, Hannah Kipfer of Meadville, and Kali Keyes of Mayville, N.Y., were retained by the IES and are now teaching at a new facility in Sweden. Hannah is a physical education teacher, while Kali is employed as an English, math and science teacher.

With a population of nine million, Sweden is the third largest country in Western Europe.