ED Program recent alumni, MAT students win Fulbright grants

The Brandeis Education Program is proud to congratulate Education undergraduates and MAT students who have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships. Click here to view original story on BrandeisNOW.

Liana Gerecht '17 has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan. In addition to majoring in both psychology and education studies with a minor in elementary education, Liana also has a broad range of practical experiences to draw upon as a teacher, including serving as a student teacher in the Arlington Public Schools, working as a camp counselor at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, and teaching in a Danish classroom during her semester at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad. At Brandeis, she has served as the Undergraduate Department Representative for the Education Program, as a volunteer mentor to students with disabilities through SPECTRUM, and as a volunteer tutor. In the future, Liana plans to pursue a master's degree in education with a focus on English language learners.

Thaviny (Terry) Shaipitisiri '17 has been named an English Teaching Assistant to Thailand. A Posse Scholar from Atlanta, Terry is currently student teaching seventh grade history at McDevitt Middle School in Waltham as part of her combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching program. Terry is eager to reconnect with her own cultural heritage while teaching English in Thailand, and to learn more about the Thai dances and songs she grew up hearing and performing. Terry hopes that the cross-cultural teaching practices she learns during her Fulbright year will enhance her ability to connect with and teach students throughout her career as an educator.

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Stephanie Weinstein '17 has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia. Currently serving as a student teacher full-time as part of her combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching program, Stephanie has also worked as a teacher's aide, a summer camp counselor, and as a volunteer and then intern at Lemberg Children's Center. During her junior year she studied abroad at the National University of Singapore, and later served as a study abroad ambassador. She was also a member of the Brandeis Sustainability Committee, vice president of Students for Environmental Action, a student representative for the Brandeis Sustainability Fund, and an orientation leader. Stephanie is looking forward to a career as an elementary school teacher.

Yasmin Yousof-Ibrahim '15 has earned an English Teaching Assistantship to India. Yasmin graduated with a double major in politics and education studies. Yasmin was a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar, a poet and performer in Dream Monologues, and an active member of the Student Support Services Program, the English Language Learners Program, the Brandeis Muslim Student Association, and the Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative. She also was awarded research funding from the Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund and from the Rapaporte Foundation to conduct a study of the Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Hargeisa, Somaliland. During her Fulbright year, in addition to teaching English in a non-profit school in India, Yasmin is eager to engage students' cultural and linguistic backgrounds by facilitating poetry workshops and performances. Upon returning to the US, Yasmin plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching and to work as an English as a second language teacher in an urban setting with at-risk youth.