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The Ellis County Press

WASHINGTON D.C. -  Jennifer Venable, a U.S. Government teacher at Waxahachie High School,  will be spending a week in the Nation’s Capital participating in the 2009 House Fellows Program.

The House Fellows, starting back in 2006, will teach the history and practices of the U.S. House of representatives this year in D.C. from July 27-31.

Venable, one of 24 teachers nationwide selected, plans on bringing back and sharing to Ellis County what she learns.

"I think it will help me make the lessons more real, more hands-on, translating into a better learning experience for the students." Said Venable.

"I believe this program will provide me important knowledge that will enable me to bring new life into the classroom.

"Once I see how Congress works first-hand and get to watch the process in person, I believe it will give me the ability to offer more depth to the students."

Venable, the first in district 6 to be selected, worked as a board certified paralegal for nearly 13 years  before changing careers and becoming a teacher at WHS three years ago.

Her husband  Jason has been teaching and coaching for several years.

Venable resides in Ennis with her husband and two little girls.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R,-Ennis, agreeing with what Venable herself said , will have the chance to meet with Venable so she may see how her district representative works

"The House Fellows Program is an exciting opportunity, not just for teachers, but for me and the other members of congress with educators involved.

"It’s a chance for us to show these teachers what really happens here n D.C. so they can take those lessons back home to the students," said Barton.

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