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UM News
June 21, 2013

MISSOULA –Three University of Montana teacher candidates recently returned from a 16-week student-teaching practicum in the Palni Hills of south India.

UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences recently entered a partnership with Kodaikanal International School in Kodaikanal, India, to afford UM teacher candidates the opportunity to conduct their 16-week student teaching practicum at this international site.

KIS is a boarding school that educates grades P-12. Students and staff from more than 30 countries share in a multicultural residential experience intentionally set within community life. The pupils are diverse in ethnicity, economic status and religious beliefs. KIS combines a challenging academic program with a rich range of extracurricular activities. International baccalaureate and American curricula are offered to about 600 students.

On July 5, three more teacher candidates from UM will depart for India to assume their autumn semester student-teaching assignments. Secondary English teacher candidate Katie Reilly and elementary education majors Carly Chenoweth and Jessica Lauwers will be next to hold positions at KIS.

For more information on the UM and KIS partnership, call Nancy Noel Marra, director of the Office of Field Experiences in UM’s College of Education, at 406-243-5581 or email





Contact: Nancy Noel Marra, Office of Field Experiences director, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-5581,