Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Welcome from the WTOSP Manager, Mike Lohre

First and foremost, WELCOME, students and friends from China!  We are very excited to meet all of you very soon.  We hope to make your time in the United States as educational and enjoyable as possible, and our goal always is to build bridges between our two cultures through education, communication both written and spoken, friendship, and travel.

My name is Mike Lohre, and I am the Manager of the WTOSP.  Wuhan and its people and students are very dear to me.  I taught two summers in Wuhan, and have managed this program since 2009.  I'm lucky to work with great people and soon you'll meet program assistants and many talented teachers and leaders.

I was raised on a family farm in Minnesota and we raised pigs, sheep, cattle, corn, beans, oats, alfalfa and chickens.  I was the first in my family to graduate from college and I studied Journalism.  I later was a Journalist but I also worked as a Warehouse manager, salesman, pipeline leak fixer, road construction worker, grain bin builder and many other odd jobs.  I started teaching in earnest after I got my Masters Degree at age 30, and I have now taught English at Ohio State for 17 years. 

I think you can still consider me a newlywed, as I was married on March 17, 2012, and you will meet my wife Irene very soon. Irene is originally from The Philippines and she works at a nursing home for the elderly here in Columbus.

Okay, that is plenty for now.  This blog allows us to write, post pictures, create links to research and ideas, and even share videos or video reflections and interviews.

We'll learn how to use this blog once everyone arrives and there will be entries on the blog to help you.  For now, look for informational posts and introductions here.  Welcome to the Wuhan To Ohio Summer Program 2013!

That's me, Mike Lohre, with my wife Irene.

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