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Virginia Signs Plan of Cooperation with
Spanish Embassy and Visiting International Faculty

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary recently signed a Plan of Cooperation with the Embassy of Spain and Visiting International Faculty (VIF), a federally recognized teacher-exchange program. The plan recognizes the importance of the English and Spanish languages in global communications and promotes collaboration between Virginia and Spain to enhance learning and international understanding.

The Plan of Cooperation encourages the recruiting and hiring by Virginia school divisions of qualified English-speaking Spanish educators for periods of up to three years while providing opportunities for students, teachers, and parents in Virginia to study and work with educators from other countries.

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The following persons (pictured from left to right) were present for February 26 the signing ceremony at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond: Brandi Jones, administrative assistant VIF; Natalio Ormeño, education advisor, Embassy of Spain; Faye Rollings-Carter, specialist for foreign languages, Virginia Department of Education; Miguel Martinez, education commissioner, Embassy of Spain; Jo Lynne DeMary, superintendent of public instruction, Virginia Department of Education; Alan Young, founder and chief executive officer, VIF; Patricia I. Wright, assistant superintendent for public instruction, Virginia Department of Education; Ken Magill, VIF consultant; Terri Strange-Boston, regional director, VIF.