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What do Kazakhstan, GHS Advisory teacher Wes Franklin & Washington DC have in common? Ask Dinara Yessimova...

posted Feb 2, 2015, 5:19 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 6:13 AM ]
Sometimes students and parents question the effectiveness of an Advisory period. So much focus is put on actual class time that the extra time spent in school seems irrelevant for students in high school. The fact is, GHS teachers take this time to touch base with their students and help keep them on track so they can reach their future goals. Wes Franklin is one such teacher and Dinara Yessimova is one of the students who benefited from his Advisory class.

Back home in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, Dinara learned to speak three languages, English, Kazakh and Russian. While exploring the English language and American culture, she became intrigued with life in America based on the movies she had seen, the music she listened to, and books that she read. Dinara aspired to step out of her comfort zone to come to America to learn more about the English language and American culture, so in late August she arrived in the United States to spend her senior year at Greely High School. Shortly upon her arrival, however, she quickly realized that movies, music and books often provide a glorified or inaccurate impression of America. She also observed many similarities between the two countries and has been inspired to create positive change in America.

Among the topics of personal interest to Dinara is the topic of gender inequality in the employment market here and in her native country and she wants to be a part of the solution that addresses this issue while she is here. To help Dinara get a clearer understanding on how to create change through our political system in the states, Wes Franklin nominated her to the Civic Education Workshop, a one-week program in February, in Washington, D.C. funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The program provides an opportunity for exchange students to gain a better understanding of some of the key concepts and values that are an integral part of U.S. society and culture. Participants learn first-hand about the U.S. federal system of government and other important concepts through seminar discussions, briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill. Dinara was chosen to attend this workshop through a highly competitive application process where only 115 students are accepted.
Her teachers at Greely have stated that Dinara is an outgoing, hardworking and focused student with immense potential. She is often observed speaking with her American counterparts about the differences and similarities that she has witnessed between her life in Kazakhstan and America. By completing this workshop, we believe that Dinara will be able to transfer the knowledge that she receives to help be a part of the solution and create change in her country. Way to go, Dinara!    More Spotlights...