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GSC Alum Teaching in South Korea

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2011

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-4115

Glenville, WV – Laural Smith, a May 2011 graduate of Glenville State College, is teaching abroad in South Korea during the next year. Smith, a native of Frederick, Maryland, will teach conversational English to elementary to middle school aged children in Daegu, South Korea through September 2012. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with specializations in Special Education and Multi-Categorical (K-6) and Elementary Education (K-6) from GSC and wanted to use the skills she learned and apply them globally.

Laural Smith

Laural Smith

“I learned about ET Finders, a company that recruits teachers from Ireland, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States to teach English in non-English speaking countries. I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain experience and learn about a new culture,” said Smith.

While at GSC, Smith was active in the sorority Chi Zeta Pi and the education honorary Kappa Delta Pi. She also participated in the Student Activities Board and the Relay for Life Committee. She graduated Cum Laude.

“I would not be the teacher I am today without the Education Department at Glenville State College. The teachers are very caring and go out of their way to individually help each student reach their goals. Being immediately placed in the classroom to work toward student teaching prepares a student for the real world,” said Smith. After teaching in South Korea, Smith plans on teaching in West Virginia.

For more information on ET Finders, visit For more information on the GSC Teacher Education academic program and degrees, contact Dr. Kevin Cain at or (304) 462-6201.

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