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Local Educators Participate in Foxx’s Teacher in Congress Internship

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Washington, August 1, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON – July 12-19, Rep. Virginia Foxx hosted Jody Carpenter of Ennice and Justin Colbert of Wilkesboro for her annual Teacher in Congress Internship in Washington, DC.

Carpenter and Colbert accompanied Foxx during much of her daily schedule and toured numerous historic and government landmarks.  They attended constituent meetings, hearings in the House Committee on Education and Labor, watched votes, and met Senators Burr and Tillis.  Additionally, their internship included exposure to research resources at the Library of Congress, National Archives, and the offices of the House Clerk and Archivist. 

Rep. Foxx stated, “It was wonderful to have Jody Carpenter and Justin Colbert participate in this year's Teacher in Congress Internship. Getting to know them, hearing about their teaching and concerns for students was very inspiring and confirmed further what I have always believed; education is in great hands of hardworking local educators. My hope is that their experience will have a far-reaching impact and they will take back many ideas and stories to share with students.”

Carpenter is going into his eighth year at Alleghany High School where he is an automotive technology instructor.

He said, “The Teacher in Congress program has been one of the greatest experiences of my professional career.  Seeing Congress at work and shadowing Congresswoman Foxx was very eye-opening and more than I could ever have imagined.  It has given me so much information to share with my students and my colleagues.”

Colbert is going into his eleventh year teaching history at Wilkes Central High School.

He stated, “The Teacher in Congress program has been a great opportunity that all teachers should experience. The program has given me meaningful insight into the operation of Congress that I will be able to share with my Civics students to really engage them in the learning process.”

L-R: Justin Colbert, Rep. Foxx, Jody Carpenter

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U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

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