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Alumna honored as International Educator of the Year

The Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA) recently recognized Ms. Lee Link (1988) as the 2009 State of Ohio International Educator of the Year. This yearly award honors a unique K-12 educator whose commitment to international education and awareness serves as a stellar example to their students, their colleagues and their local community. The Columbus Council on World Affairs is strongly committed to supporting educators in the advancement of global understanding and the reduction of cultural stereotypes.

Link, who teaches international business and Japanese in the Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools International Business Program housed at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Columbus, Ohio, lived and worked in Japan for 7 years and has traveled extensively throughout the world. She developed a sister-school partnership with Hachinohe National College of Technology in Aomori Prefecture, located in northern Japan, and is planning a study tour in June, 2009 for her students to travel to Costa Rica and experience the workings of a fair trade coffee plantation, eco-tourism and micro business development operations. In addition to her work with the International Business Program, Link works as a teacher educator with the alternative licensure program for teachers of Chinese, Japanese and Spanish at the Ohio State University.

The Columbus Council on World Affairs established this award to recognize outstanding international endeavors by Ohio educators, and requires applicants to demonstrate excellence in instruction, the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities, and the inclusion of initiatives that encourage students to become engaged and informed citizens of an increasingly interdependent world.

Link was nominated for the award by Andrea Applegate, Director of Workforce Development at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and went through a rigorous selection process by a committee appointed by the Columbus Council on World Affairs composed of representatives from academia and other educational entities, community organizations and global business companies.