Bega Valley teacher Shane Giles is on an international tour trying to find the best ways to keep kids engaged with their schooling.
Mr Giles was one of two Lumen Christi Catholic College teachers presented with a NSW Premier's Teacher's Scholarship in August 2018.
The $15,000 scholarship was for a proposed study tour to look at developing structures and pedagogies that will support students as they transition from primary to secondary school.
While being hosted by Infinity Middle School in Denver, Colorado, last week he enjoyed a little taste of home!
"I mentioned to the principal, Marquetta Thomas, that I was from Bega, and she put me in the car and drove me across town to Littleton's Bega Park!" Mr Giles said.
"It was interesting to see a little piece of Bega so far from home alongside the snow-capped Rocky Mountains.
"The park itself is a little smaller than our Littleton Gardens, but like our park, their municipal building is right alongside. Its central feature is a fresco installation of a world map showing Bega and Littleton as key features.
"The plaques carry information about the connections, and the local names, people and places like Bemboka and Bega seem odd in this setting."
Ahead for Mr Giles are visits to Atlanta, New York, Albany, Chicago and Toronto before continuing his round-the-world study tour via Manchester, York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Singapore.
"My brief is find the best ways to keep students engaged as learners through the whole of their schooling by focusing on the transition from primary school to secondary school," he said.