Bidding 'do widzenia' to Erin Gray
By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor
Erin Gray will be leaving the area this summer and relocating to Oregon after her marriage. From 2006-2014, she served as school exchange director for the Bandera County Sister Partnership for both Strzelce Opolskie, Poland and Tysmenytsia, Ukraine.
Erin Gray has submitted her resignation as school exchange director for the Bandera County Sister Partnership after serving in that capacity from 2006 to 2014.
According to Special Ambassador Elenora Dugosh Goodley, Gray will relocate to Oregon after her marriage this summer. Gray currently teaches at Alkek Elementary School.
"The Bandera County Sister Partnership board members, county commissioners, and city officials will miss Erin and her hard work and dedication during the eight years that she directed the exchange program at Bandera ISD," Goodley said.
Beginning in 2006, Gray coordinated school exchange workshop projects with schools in Strzelce Opolskie, Poland and the Bandera Independent School District. She promoted student involvement in exchange visits with sister partner schools.
In 2009, Gray organized and assembled a handmade quilt of different art designs by Alkek Elemetary students and teachers. She presented the quilt to Polish city and school officials during the 2009 Sister Partnership Exchange Visit to Strzelce Opolskie.
During the June 2011 exchange visit to Tysmenytsia, Ukraine, Gray visited several schools in the Tysmenytsia District, soliciting gathering and contacts for future exchange school programs and projects with that school district.
In addition, she prepared a code of conduct and qualification booklet to be printed in English, Polish and Ukrainian for the Bandera County Sister Partnership Board of Directors, officials, students, teachers and exchange program participants.
During the Feb. 23, Cowboy Capital Opera fundraiser, Gray was honored for her service and dedication. At that time, Goodley presented her with a dozen yellow roses and a certificate of appreciation.
"Erin was a dedicated school teacher, who used her teaching skills to set up the school exchange programs between the Bandera and Strzelce Opolskie, Poland and Tysmenytsia, Ukraine schools," Goodley said. "She dedicated many hours of hard work, communicating with foreign students, teachers and school directors. Erin will be missed and her shoes will be difficult to fill."