On March 12th, led by the director of Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI), accompanied by their superintendents and principals, 14 Chinese Hanban teachers from UCACI received recognition from State Board of Education in Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).
At the board meeting of ADE, Dr. Frank Servedio, public school program coordinator, introduced the Chinese teachers to the board members, and highly praised their contribution to the Chinese teaching and cultural exchanges in Arkansas. After that, Dr. Guo'ou Zhuang, the director of UCACI, reported to the board members about UCA Confucius Institute and the Teach Chinese in Arkansas Program, and then he briefly depicted the future development and cooperation opportunities. After the introduction, the project director of ADE awarded the teachers “Arkansas Traveler” certificates issued by Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of State Mark Martin, in recognition of Hanban teachers’ effort to promote and improve the cultural exchange and education in Arkansas.
After the ceremony, led by the ADE official and Senator Jane English, all Chinese teachers were introduced to the state senators while the 90th legislatures were in session. The senators all stood up to give a big applause to the teachers, then shook hands with each of them, giving special thanks to the teachers for their contribution to Arkansas.
Right before the recognition, Mr. Qiangmin Li, the Consul General from Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, and Consul of Education Baiyu Xu made a special visit to the University of Central Arkansas and UCA Confucius Institute, commended UCACI for their efforts to Chinese teaching and cultural activities, and cultural exchanges between China and the United State.