University of Kentucky institute sends Northern Kentucky principal to China

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. -- A Northern Kentucky principal hopes to share lessons she learned 7,000 miles away with her students. 

Mary Beth Huss, principal of Kenton Elementary, recently returned from a trip to China. Huss and 15 other educators visited four schools as part of a program offered by the University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute. 

The institute’s K-12 Education program works with teachers, students and parents to bring Chinese culture to the Commonwealth.

“Schools there aren’t just about academics,” Huss said. “They build in just as much around love and compassion and self control as well.”  

Huss said it was evident schools were well funded and education was highly respected in China. She said she feels it is her obligation to study education around the world in order to better serve her students.  

“If we are going to provide our students with 21st century learning in schools and also a world-class education, I think it is my duty and my responsibility to them that I enhance my own experiences in learning and be able to visit other schools,” Huss said.

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