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August 2, 2006

Albany - - As Dougherty County students returned to class today, some of them met teachers who aren't too familiar with the American Culture. Dougherty school administrators say it's a win-win situation for students and the teachers.

This year 3 Dougherty County Teachers are joining the school system from India. It's part of a program called Global Teachers Research and Resources. With a statewide science teacher shortage, this program is providing a little help to Dougherty County Schools.

His name may be difficult for an American to read or pronounce. So his students call him Mr. V.

"In India the classroom teaching is entirely different. Most of my classroom teaching will be theory oriented, it's not practical oriented. I want some international exposure, in the United States you have all the facilities, it's good for education," says Vijaya Moorthy.

He's one of three new teachers teaching in Dougherty County schools for one year. Mr. V. teaches physical science to these 9th graders.

"Its very interesting because you get to learn more about where he's from and he learns more about here. So we teach him different things and he teaches us a lot of stuff," says 9th grader Ashley Hicks.

Mr. V. has certification just like any other teacher. In fact, he's taught in different countries for 16 years. This is is his first time living or teaching in the United States. Albany High administrators are glad to have him and his counterpart.

"First off, they're male teachers and having males in education is definitely a bonus and secondly they bring a different perspective to education," says Principal Sheila Marshall. 

Mr. V. dismissed his students with a warm goodbye standing by the door as they leave. That's the impression he wants to leave with them.

"Are you going to be a tough teacher? Not a tough teacher. I'm going to be a very soft and smooth person but if things go a little wrong or something I will be a little bit tough, not very firm so automatically children will like me a lot," Mr. V. says.

After his year in Dougherty County, Mr. V. says he wants to incorporate many of the teaching practices he's learned here back into schools in his home country. 

Dougherty County hired about 85 new teachers this school year. County administrators say there are still teaching vacancies at many schools.

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