Throughout the documentary, you hear from these three American educators about their observations and concerns. They represent a cross-section of Western Washington State communities--suburban, rural and urban. Since their trip to China, all three educators have been incorporating more cross-cultural lessons into their curricula.
Pearl Noreen (suburban)
Pearl teaches a two-credit parent education course at Shoreline Community College in the city of Shoreline, north of Seattle. There are 85 parents in her program. She has taught parent education for 27 years.
Laurie Wick (urban)
Laurie is director of The Learning Tree Montessori Childcare facility on Seattle's Capitol Hill. She has taught for 25 years. Several of her students were adopted from China, and she was strongly motivated to visit China to understand their backgrounds.
Juanita Ramsey-Jevne (rural)
Juanita owns and operates Five Acre School, a Montessori program in Sequim. The "strawbale" school (the building is constructed out of straw) serves 60 families and is currently expanding.