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The English Language Fellow Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. TESOL professionals to live and work overseas on U.S. Embassy-sponsored projects. This year, we are sending over 200 Fellows to over 80 countries for a life-changing experience abroad. Fellows promote English language learning and mutual understanding through cultural exchange. They leave lasting impacts at institutions and communities, both at home and abroad.

The U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow Program relies on this prestigious group of motivated former Fellows to share their program experience with the larger TESOL community. Alumni Ambassadors introduce the program to their professional and personal circles through videos, webinars, interviews, conferences, and other special events. This year’s cohort is of particular eminence as the program celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019. Our new cohort of 11 Alumni Ambassadors will represent the program for the 2019-2020 academic year. They were selected based on their distinguished service both in the field as Fellows and back home in their local communities.

Stay connected throughout the year to learn more about this amazing group of alumni. Alumni Ambassadors will be featured in a story each month on our website and across social media platforms. Follow us @elprograms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about their life as Fellows and the Alumni Ambassador experience.

Jeffrey McIIvenna- September

  • English Language Fellow, Paraguay (2016-2018) 
  •  Associate Director of Academics at the English Language Institute at Pace University

Mari Bodensteiner- October 

  • English Language Fellow, Laos (2015-2017) 
  • Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

John Simpson- November 

  •  English Language Fellow, Côte d’Ivoire (2014-2015) and Uzbekistan (2017-2018) 
  •  ESL Specialist with the International Rescue Committee

Brittney Bouc- December 

  •  English Language Fellow, Egypt and Turkey (2011-2012) 
  •  Consultant at the California Department of Education

Alfredo Gaona- January

  •  English Language Fellow, Indonesia (2012-2016) 
  •  Doctoral Candidate at the University of California Merced

Jennifer Borch- February 

  •  English Language Fellow, Morocco (2016-2018) 
  •  Education Program Coordinator at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Carol Weidner- March

  • English Language Fellow, Turkey (2010-2011) 
  • Professor at Savannah College of Art and Design

Judy Emerson- April 

  • English Language Fellow, Mongolia (2012-2016) 
  • Academic Coordinator of an IEP at Lewis-Clark State College

Rob Danin- May

  • English Language Fellow, Russia (2012-2014) 
  • Project Development and International Education Consultant

Jimalee Sowell- June 

  •  English Language Fellow, Cote D’Ivoire (2016-2017) and Bangladesh (2012-2013)
  •  Doctoral Candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Kayla Devenburg- July 

  •  English Language Fellow, Panama (2016-2017) 
  •  ESOL Specialist at Duval County Public School

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