Tracy Carter, Dean of Academic Advancement at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas was named honorary commandant of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) at Lackland AFB. She was selected on the basis of a nomination package and interviews for the position. Throughout the U.S. Air Force, the honorary commanders program fosters community support for the hosting unit by educating members of the local business and civic community about its mission.
Carter became aware of the program while visiting Lackland with fellow members of the 2013 Leadership San Antonio class on the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce-sponsored group’s Educational Leadership day. She applied on the recommendation of a Public Affairs officer and was chosen for her background as an educator whose school admits international students, primarily from China and Mexico. As Dean of Academic Advancement, Carter is responsible for ensuring that students are academically successful.
“TMI teaches at a college-prep academic level,” she says. The school’s standards are challenging, especially for students whose first language is not English. Her experience complements the DLIELC’s mission of teaching English to international personnel and training U.S. military personnel in English as a second language.
Throughout the year, Carter will attend events at the DLIELC to learn how personnel operate in an international military academic Engironment. “From what I have learned about the DLIELC,” she says, “I find it interesting that the military community not only serves to protect our freedoms but also teaches the English language to people from around the world.”