In her home country, Noiran Fratini teaches English as a foreign language. But last March, she decided she wanted to learn how her American counterparts perform their jobs. So she contacted four or five American high schools with the idea of visiting. It was Helias that responded with the most interest - partly because Helias High School President Didier Aur has family roots in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese.
He e-mailed her back, saying his school would be glad to be her host.
"I had this idea, and I went for it. Why not?" Fratini said.