Belle Plaine High School 1992 graduate Dr. Molly (Meyer) Gerrish recently returned from China where she spent the month of March teaching as a part of the Experience China Program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Set in  Hangzhou, Experience China provides a rich, cultural immersion with the comfort and safety of an organized and well-staffed international learning community.
The Student in the Experience China (ExC) program participate in a directed study of Chinese culture alongside general education courses. The relationship between the United States and China has been described as important not only for the citizens of our two countries, but also for a new era of global development.
Dr. Gerrish taught a module and lived and traveled with her students while in China. The group took excursions to Wuzhen, Hangzhou and Xi’an during Gerrish’s course, including sites such as the Terracotta Warriors, City Walls in Xi’an, West Lake, the Grand Canal, Lingyin Temple the Broken Bridge, and Huashan Mountain, among others.
Traveling with Dr. Gerrish were her two daughters, Quinn (11) and Maggie (9). The students in the Experience China program travel extensively throughout China while participating in several different courses while abroad.  Gerrish taught the course “Exploring China through the Humanities”.
Dr. Gerrish is an associate professor in teacher education as well as the coordinator of the Early Childhood Program and academic program director of the Early Childhood Degree Completion Program at UW-River Falls.
Dr. Gerrish previously led a study tour to Scotland in the summer of 2016 and has presented her research both nationally and internationally. She has been selected to present her research at the World Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, in May, 2017. One of her main goals is to encourage her students to develop a dynamic worldview, to challenge them to try new things, gain fresh perspectives and to seek a variety of ways to engage students with their place. Place-based learning and inquiry-based exploration will be topics of interest and she looks forward to engaging in place-based discoveries with her students as they explore, engage, inquire and discover.
Dr. Gerrish is the daughter of daughter of lifetime residents Gerald and Carman Meyer and sister of Mayor Chris Meyer,