Noblesville's Samantha Armie at The London Eye in London, England.
Noblesville's Samantha Armie at The London Eye in London, England.

It’s a big day for Samantha Armie. She’ll join hundreds of other Ball State University students graduating at the school’s fall commencement.

Armie, Noblesville, the daughter of Jeff and Brenda Armie, is unique among the graduates. The education major recently finished her student teaching assignment at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

She taught first graders, the children of American Soldiers and Airmen and Airwomen.

Through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense Schools, Ball State University elementary and secondary education majors may consider student teaching on a United States Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany.

“It’s a program thru Ball State. I learned about it when I got here, and met some people who had done it. It sounded like a great opportunity, so I applied and got it,” Armie said.

BSU’s International Programs give students the opportunity to explore intercultural issues outside the usual campus setting.  All schools are located on a United States Air Force base located in the Rhine and Mosul Valley region. Although the schools are located in Germany, student teachers teach American children who are the dependents of military and civilian personnel stationed abroad.

Teaching on a U.S. military facility was a different experience for Armie.

“It was a little different because the kids there come and go so often. Their moms and dads are stationed for two years, so a lot of them leave during the school term,” Armie said. “I had one kid whose parents had already been stationed in Korea, and were now in Germany.”

Armie’s experience stretched beyond the military base. Along with seven other BSU students, she got to travel throughout Europe and see sights she’d only read about, or seen photos of, here in America.

“We could travel on the weekends, and I went to 10 different countries during my time there. I got to visit London, Barcelona, Rome,” she said. “It was amazing to be able to plan a casual trip to Paris, or London.”

It’s an experience Armie said she would “100 percent” do again.

Being able to travel to all these places was amazing. I was two hours away from London or Paris. It’s not something I would be able to do so easily here,” she said.

Today’s commencement ceremony is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in Worthen Arena.