Carlisle teacher receives Fulbright grant

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Carlisle teacher receives Fulbright grant

Voice: November 2018

A Carlisle teacher is studying internationally this year after receiving a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant.

Ellie Park, a high school English and AP research teacher in the Carlisle Area School District, Cumberland County, was one of 76 educators out of 700 applicants selected for the prestigious Fulbright award.

“The global program is to encourage teachers to globalize their classrooms by connecting and interacting with classrooms around the world,’’ said Park, who is also president of the Carlisle Area Education Association.

Park is taking a 10-week online graduate-level course this fall through the Fulbright program. In the spring she will spend two to three weeks in a not-yet-determined country, where she will work with teachers in that country to help teach, plan lessons, and observe the classroom environment.

When she returns from her international trip, she will prepare a report for Fulbright on a project she will do to incorporate more globalization into her school and community.

Park, who is in her eighth year of teaching, started her career working with migrant children, and that inspired her to pursue the Fulbright global teaching grant.

“I am really honored. The process is highly selective, and I’m a young teacher,’’ Park said. “I’m eager to get to meet educators in other countries and to get to learn from them and their standard practices. In the long term, I would like to develop relationships with the host teachers and school with which I’ll be partnered so that we can work together across international lines to help all of our students.’’