Welcome back to school! The BEF Board was thrilled to hear from Heath middle school teacher Elyse Terry at our first Board meeting of the year. Elyse recently traveled to Rome on a BEF Teacher grant, and told the Board all about her wonderful experiences there. She had never been to Rome before, and plans to infuse her personal experiences there this past summer into her 7th grade social studies curriculum. She learned a lot about the daily lives of ordinary ancient Romans, about the tensions between current-day life in Rome and the study of archeology and antiquity, about gender roles in Roman history and important symbols and geopolitical relationships. The new context and professional rejuvenation she gained during her travels are so valuable, and will impact her students in so many important ways! Thank you, Elyse, and thank you BEF donors for making this wonderful grant possible!