This fall, a PSU student teacher will get part of her experience in another country. Julie Penner, a music education major from Pittsburg, is doing the first five weeks of her student teaching in Brisbane, Australia.

Jean Dockers, director of teacher education, said the program will give Penner a solid learning experience and also an enriching study-abroad experience.

An experienced traveler, Penner said she jumped at the chance to student teach in another country.

“I’ve actually traveled quite a bit, both in the U.S. and internationally,” Penner said.

Penner plans on being either an elementary school music teacher or a band teacher and said she is eager to see how the schools and students in Australia differ from those in the U.S.

In Brisbane, Penner will be at the Morayfield East State School, which includes children through seventh grade.

Dockers said Carol Werhan, a new member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department faculty, was instrumental in getting the international student teaching opportunity in place. Werhan came to PSU from Minnesota State University, where she helped establish the program.

When she returns to the U.S., Dockers said, Penner will complete 10 weeks of student teaching in Carthage, Mo.