English Language Fellows continue to accomplish amazing work after completing their fellowships. To see how the Fellow Program has benefited the professional and personal lives of alumni, read the alumni impact stories below.

Maggie Espino

"I'm happy that I learned and loved so much in a place that is so completely different from anywhere I'd ever been before. It was a time of tremendous growth, and I'll always treasure my fellowship in Bangladesh."

Brad Tipka

The English Language Fellow Program "has helped me understand the diverse communities that I continue to work with in Minnesota. It also propelled me into school leadership and helped me realize my leadership potential."

Franny Le Grand

"My work as a Fellow has been a foundation of my career as an English teacher, adviser, and teacher trainer. It has hearkened back to my Peace Corps days, inspired current students, and encouraged new teachers to go abroad. It is an important part of who I am and what I represent as an educator."

Erika Weber

Erika describes her fellowship as “world-expanding. My fellowship expanded my world with language, professional contacts, skills, new relationships, new travel experiences, and a new confidence to take on larger professional tasks that help my community in Philadelphia.”

Cerise Santoro

Cerise’s fellowship in the Philippines “increased my gratitude. I am thankful for the smallest gestures. I do not take anything for granted personally or professionally. I learned this from the culture of my host country.”

Caralyn Bushey

The English Language Fellow Program is "the opportunity of a lifetime. Every professional success I have achieved since coming back from my fellowship is directly attributable to the time I spent as a Fellow."

Abigail Williamson

"The fellowship exposed me to the world of policy for the first time, and I was really drawn to it. I may never have had that type of access to the decision-makers here in the U.S., and I credit the fellowship for pushing my career in a new direction.”

Andy Noonan

The English Language Fellow Program is “an amazing opportunity to support English language teachers, work on your professional goals and to discover new ones, while experiencing the world in ways you would otherwise not have access to.”

Kathy Green

"These fellowships have allowed me to expand my professional network across the globe. But the fellowship isn’t just about professional development. It’s about understanding my own culture, and opening up to other cultural experiences. I have a much deeper appreciation for my fellow human beings, and that is what I liked the most about being a Fellow."

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