Summitt Elementary School - Soaring to Excellence

NEW School Placement Program - Fall 2019  austinemblem.png


Austin, TX


We are so glad you are interested in joining us in Austin, Texas for a school placement at Summitt Elementary School in the fall of 2019. Our mission at Summitt Elementary "is to ensure academic success by creating a safe and positive environment in which community, administration, teachers, parents and students work cooperatively as we 'Soar to Excellence'". Apart from regular classroom curricula, "Summitt Education provides English as Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Programs for Spanish and Vietnamese speakers" as well as many extra-curricular and special programs, such as FLEX - Foreign Language Experience. In "1992, the cities of Austin and Koblenz decided to become Sister Cities under Sister Cities International." Shortly after the signing of the agreement, Summitt Elementary and Schenkendorf Elementary in Koblenz established a teacher and student cultural exchange program, which has flourished ever since.

Source: Summitt Elementary Austin I.S.D. - Austin, TX. Accessed 21 December 2018.


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New Cooperation Summitt Elementary - University of Koblenz-Landau

In the fall of 2018, the Austin Independent School District signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Koblenz-Landau to launch a school placement program between the university and Summitt Elementary. Each year, the university may send up to three full-time undergraduate and/or graduate students to Summitt Elementary for up to twelve weeks for a once-in-a-lifetime teaching experience.

Students will be nominated by the University of Koblenz-Landau based on academic excellence, seriousness of interest in the study proposed, adequate language competences, capacity to adjust to cross-cultural situations. For the first round of interns, we are looking for students interested staying and teaching at Summitt Elementary for the full twelve weeks.



Summitt Elementary Placement - Preliminary Outline


Student Teaching Orientation

A brief description of the duties as well as rules and regulations that might pertain to you and your stay will be provided at the beginning of the internship.



1st Week or Two - With kids

  • Observe different classes within the same school
  • Take an opportunity to observe different schools within the Anderson Vertical Team
  • Observe special areas (Music, Art, PE)
  • Attend a field trip
  • Observe cafeteria
  • Interactions in the library
  • Attend FLEX language lesson
  • Attend morning assembly
  • Observe recess

2nd or 3rd Week - With kids and teachers

  • Attend planning time / team meeting
  • Begin planning "total teach" lessons
  • Planning and executing a few more lessons each week building up to the total teach

Other possibilities during this time

  • Observe data meeting
  • Help with arrival and dismissal procedures
  • Attend an extra campus event (i.e. Teacher Talent Show, Carnival, etc.)
  • Observe intervention or Dyslexia support


Total Teach - Last Two Weeks

  • Classroom teacher will remain in the classroom
  • Student teacher will be responsible for running the classroom for those two weeks


Evaluation and /or Feedback from Summitt Elementary School

  • Checklist signed by teacher
  • Rubric pertaining to lesson design and execution (use during lesson)
  • Any other assignment provided by University of Koblenz-landau or Summitt Elementary


Additional Information:

  • Successful candidates will need to provide a criminal history/background check which must be certifiably translated and submitted to AISD (Austin Independent School District).
  • Student teachers will be asked to join Elementary German teacher for other school/classroom visits.
  • Visits to other grade levels and schools may be possible.
  • J1 Visa





You need to consider the following expenses:

  • Living (accommodation, food, etc.)
  • Travel (flight, etc.)
  • Visa application (J1 visa)
  • DS 2019 Sponsorship (more information here)
  • Medical insurance
  • Transportation in Austin (car, public transportation, etc.)
  • Other expenditures (criminal/background record check, translations, certifications of documents, leisure activities, etc.)



Interested? We are looking forward to your application!



The following documents are to be submitted:

  • Curriculum Vitae in English (Example: Europass CV)
  • Cover letter in English (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Transcript from KLIPS with grades
  • Profile page for Summitt Elementary in English

     Download profile page as PDF or DOCX

  • Professional application photo (no selfies!!)
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2019

Please send your application via mail to:

Universität Koblenz-Landau
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Dr. Sarah Schäfer-Althaus
Universitätsstraße. 1
56070 Koblenz





Contact us

Should you wish to apply for the Summit Elementary School placement in Austin, Texas, or have general inquiries, please feel free to contact the coordinator, Dr. Schäfer-Althaus, to schedule an appointment. We will be more than happy to assist you and answer all your questions. 


Dr. Sarah Schäfer-Althaus


Phone: +49 0261 287-2019

Emailsalthaus at

Location: F122