Carbondale Elementary School District 95 welcomed three international school administrators as part of the 2012-2013 Adminstrator Exchange Program.
Ade’lia Maria Leal Lopes of Portugal and Ivan Jose Nunes Francisco and Jose Ribamar Carvalho, both of Brazil, will spend three weeks in Carbondale touring schools, visiting classrooms, meeting government officals and visiting local organizations. Program provides an opportunity for CES to collaborate with international partners on administrative experiences, develop school management strategies and increase international understanding.
Lopes became a school administrator when she was asked to run a the age of 23 by a colleague. School administrators are elected in Portugal. She agreed to run, thinking there was no way her colleagues would elect someone her age, and she was elected.
“I didn’t know anything about anything,” Lopes said. “I made a program about school leadership.”