L-W Central History Teacher to Share German Study Tour with Students
Friday, July 31, 2015

After returning from the Goethe Institutes two-week study tour in Germany, Lincoln-Way Central History Teacher Karen Desruisseaux has much to share with her students.

As a Western Civilization teacher, there is no textbook description that can match standing in an old stone church and examining the treaty that was signed after the Thirty Years War, said Desruisseaux. I learned so much about Germanys history that I cannot wait to bring my experiences back to the classroom.

Among the highlights of the trip, Desruisseaux was moved by the number of Tripping Stones, or small square gold stones placed in cobblestone paths that included the names of Holocaust victims, the place they were last free before being captured by Nazis, the camps they were placed in, and their dates of death

Desruisseaux said she wants her students to learn about the Tripping Stones because they represent lives destroyed by war and that Germany has a very public and constant reminder and memorial to the people who died.

Before I left, I asked my students what they wanted me to ask or find out on the tour and several students expressed interest in how and what is taught by German teachers, she said. I am looking forward to having conversations with my students about U.S.A. and Germany similarities, economic and immigration issues.

Desruisseaux was one of 97 American educators selected for the professional development tour.