The sixth cohort in Grossmont College’s “Middle
School Teacher Training” for instructors from Mexico
is on campus this spring.
The eight-week course hosts 18 students from two
teacher-training colleges in central Mexico, the
Escuela Normal de Atlacomulco and the Escuela Normal
The students are in their third year of teacher
training in Mexico to become instructors of English
in Mexican middle schools. They come to Grossmont
for four classes in English and English as a Second
Language as part of their accreditation program.
“What is unique about this program is that this is
the only program the Mexican Ministry of Education
is accepting as full credit for teacher training,”
said Peter White, the founder of the exchange
program. “This program has strengthened our
relationship with the Cajon and Lakeside School
Districts,” said White, Vice President of Student
Affairs at Grossmont.
While here, the Mexican instructors live with
American families in El Cajon, Lakeside, La Mesa and
“It helps them strengthen their English skills and
provides them a window into American life and
culture,” said White. “Each Friday they spend a full
day in middle schools in the Lakeside and El Cajon
districts as student-teachers.”
The American students like learning Spanish from
their visitors, and the Mexican
instructors-in-training learn English much faster
when they work with the students, White said.
White had the idea for the exchange while on a
Fulbright administrator exchange program in
1999-2000. He worked and learned at the Teacher
Training College of Central Mexico while his
counterpart, Higinio Ordonez, worked at Grossmont.