Clement Chosen for Phila-Nipponica Program
Aqila Clement, the Program Specialist of Federal Programs at Girard College, has been selected to participate in this year’s Phila-Nipponica Project: Recovering Japan: Preparing Philadelphia Area Educators to Teach about Japan as It Responds to the Disasters of 2011.
Only 12 applicants have been chosen to participate in this professional development project, which provides an intensive study of Japan for educators in the Philadelphia area. As a result, participants are able to apply their knowledge and awareness of Japan to students at their respective schools.
During full-day seminars, participants will be taught by top scholars in the field at the University Of Pennsylvania Center for East Asian Studies to prepare for their extensive faculty-led study tour in Japan. Aqila’s plans are to implement her studies into lessons for Girard students in the 2012-13 academic school year and establish relationships between Girard College and the Japanese schools she will visit this summer.
Always fascinated by Asian cultures, Clement took courses that focused on Eastern Asia and later studied Japanese and Mandarin. She received a B.A. from Temple University, with a minor in Geography and Urban Studies, and began her career in education teaching English in China. When she returned, she continued teaching at a school for students with special needs before she joined Girard College.
In her six years at Girard College, Clement has advanced from an Admission Representative to the school's Program Specialist, managing federal programming and coordinating tutoring programs. In the fall of 2011, she successfully directed the first inaugural Girard College Trailblazer (5K walk/run), a fundraiser for the school's many programs. She is also a mentor of global teen leaders in Three Dot Dash, an international project for global peace, and last year, was awarded “Supervisor of the Year” by the Cadence Cycling Foundation for her assistance with the Girard College Cycling Team. In her spare time, she plays the drums, gardens, studies different languages, attends music events and travels.
Clements hopes to expose Girard students to other community efforts and to inspire them to think on a global scale. The Phila-Nipponica Project will provide an opportunity to teach Girard students about Japan, particularly about its recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.