Phil Dierking, an English Language Fellow in Togo during the 2012-2013 academic cycle, serves as the Applications and Vetting Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State English Language Programs. In this role, he works to match educators to the best English Language Fellow projects where their skills can have a meaningful impact. Phil believes his fellowship experience has been the best professional opportunity he has had thus far in his career. During his fellowship, he was able to work on education projects that impacted different levels of Togolese society and government. Not only did he grow as a teacher, but he also learned how to develop and facilitate teacher-training workshops and conduct program evaluations.
Phil’s fellowship experience gave him a real sense of confidence and helped him to see how education changes lives. He thoroughly enjoys working with the English Language Fellow Program as a former Fellow because it provides him with a unique opportunity to stay involved in international education outside of the classroom. “I enjoy promoting this wonderful opportunity to other teachers and I also enjoy being a part of the process of connecting the right teachers to the right projects. I know how great my experience was with the English Language Fellow Program and I want to be able to make that happen for other teachers.”