Academic Year 2020-2021 Fulbright Student Program: English Teaching Assistant Program - Athens College

Alexandra Baldwin

Alexandra Baldwin

Union College, Schenectady, NY
B.A. English and Political Science/Minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Alexandra Baldwin graduated from Union College (NY) with majors in English and Political Science and a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. At Union, she was a Writing Center Coordinator and Fellow, a Union College Admissions Interviewer, a notetaker, and an after school mentor and tutor for Schenectady youth. These experiences have given her an appreciation for people and the stories that make up their past, present, and future. Alexandra is excited to bring her passion for teaching, learning, stories, and cultural-immersion to Greece, where she hopes to develop close connections with her students at the HAEF. 

Athena Stavropoulos

Athena Stavropoulos

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.A. in Elementary Education

Athena Stavropoulos graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in Elementary Education. As an undergraduate, Athena volunteered and taught in many public elementary schools, allowing her to develop her teaching practice and passion for education. Athena also studied abroad in Italy and taught English classes to the local Italian community. This experience motivated her to pursue interests in international education. As a Greek-American, Athena is grateful for the opportunity to teach in a place to which she feels deeply connected. Athena will be returning to HAEF for a second year following her 2019-20 Fulbright grant.

Brittany Rigg

Brittany Rigg

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
M.S. in Educational Studies
B.A. in English Literature B.S. in Educational Studies

Brittany graduated from Southern Methodist University in May 2020 with a Master’s degree in Educational Studies. While getting her master’s, Brittany completed her student teaching and received her Texas teaching certification in 7-12 grade English Language Arts and Reading. In addition to student teaching, she was the assistant rowing coach at the Episcopal School of Dallas. Brittany also received a B.A. in English Literature and B.S. in Educational Studies from SMU in 2019, and she was a four-year member of the SMU Women’s Rowing team. In her five years at SMU, Brittany spent much of her time volunteering and engaging with her community. She volunteered for programs that focused on providing therapy for individuals with disabilities and afterschool tutoring services. Over the last year, Brittany spent several hours at an nonprofit organization called Jubilee Park Community Center where she tutored and provided reading interventions for English Language Learners. She is passionate about teaching, engaging with her community and is looking forward to learning new educational and pedagogical practices in Greece.

Candice Ora Fawcett

Candice Ora Fawcett

University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
M.A., English Literature; Concentration in British Literature
B.A., English Literature & Language; Minor in Gender & Multicultural Studies

Candice graduated in August of 2019 with a Master of Arts degree in English Literature. She also holds a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Gender & Multicultural Studies. During her graduate studies, Candice taught First-Year Composition as Graduate Assistant for the UNA English Department, studied Shakespeare abroad in London, England and Paris, France, then continued teaching upon graduation. Having an extensive background in theatre and vocal performance, Candice created and implemented a curriculum that highlighted the intersection of theatre and English language-learning. Over the years, Candice has volunteered with several theatre groups, particularly helping with youth theatre workshops in rural areas and with socioeconomically-disadvantaged students. As a first-generation college student herself, Candice is extremely passionate about theatre in education as a springboard to otherwise out-of-reach opportunities. She cannot wait to connect with the birthplace of theatre itself, and to exchange cultural values with her Greek students and the local Athenian community.

Dillon Brown

Dillon Brown

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. Political Economy
B.S. Public Policy and Law

Dillon Brown recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Political Economy and a B.S. in Public Policy and Law. During his undergraduate studies, he worked at one of USC’s oldest nonprofits, The Joint Educational Project, where he served as their volunteer program assistant and later as the director of their Pre-Law Program.

Beyond USC, he spent a semester abroad at Italy’s Università Bocconi. There, he focused his studies on international economics and cultural management and was able to visit Greece for the first time.

Dillon is passionate about social issues, especially those in education, as he plans to become a licensed Social Studies teacher in the US after his Fulbright. In Greece he looks forward to diving deeper into Greek culture, gaining a variety of teaching experiences, and engaging with his students and neighbors on critical issues. You will always find him reading the newspaper, spending hours in museums, or listening to 1970’s disco music.

Emily Parks

Emily Parks

University of Miami, Miami, FL
B.A., English Literature and Art History

Emily Parks graduated from the University of Miami in 2019 with a dual degree in English Literature and Art History and a minor in Creative Writing. Throughout her college career, she focused on analyzing the impact of globalized relations through the material and written cultures of various societies. This past year, she worked as an ESL immersion teacher for an internationally diverse cohort of students in Miami, as well as an Art History tutor and writing coach. She has also worked as an instructor of Latin dance and enjoys expanding her classical training through global dance forms in her free time. She is excited to connect with her students and foster cross-cultural communication while sharing her experiences as an educator in Greece. 

Jacquelyn Kausch

Jacquelyn Kausch

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
B.S. in Early Childhood - Elementary Education

Jacquelyn Kausch graduated from Temple University in 2020 with a B.S. in Early Childhood - Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education. During her time as an undergraduate, Jacquelyn worked with students from Grades K-8 in various public schools across Philadelphia. In her final semester, she student taught in a third-grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom. She volunteered with the organization Jumpstart, implementing an oral language and social-emotional curriculum and providing low-income preschool students with the necessary foundation for academic success. Additionally, Jacquelyn gave campus tours to prospective students and families as an Owl Ambassador for Temple’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Since she is passionate about teaching students with disabilities, Jacquelyn hopes to learn more about Greece’s special education system. Jacquelyn plans to incorporate her love of theater into her English language teaching, and looks forward to this incredible opportunity for growth as an educator.

Jadyn Nicole Marshall

Jadyn Nicole Marshall

Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, New York, NY
B.A. English, Concentration in Creative Writing

Jadyn graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in June 2020 as a valedictorian, with a B.A. in English and a certificate in publishing from City College. As an undergraduate, she interned at Penguin Random House, Jill Grinberg Literary Management, and Story Pirates, where she helped manage the influx of 15,000 stories submitted by elementary school children annually. Jadyn received her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2015 for designing and running creative writing workshops for middle school students, and has tutored on everything from argumentative writing to Shakespeare’s comedies since. She is an ongoing volunteer for Scan the World, where she learned how to photograph ancient and neoclassical statues for the organization’s democratized archive of 3D artifacts, and taught her peers to do the same. Jadyn is excited to meet her new students and colleagues, learn more about international pedagogical practices, and experience Greece’s cultural heritage firsthand.

Jake Greenspan

Jake Greenspan

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.A. Fundamentals: Issues & Texts

Jake Greenspan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 2019 where he studied Fundamentals and served as a Student Marshal. At Chicago, Jake taught Humanities in South Side schools through the Civic Knowledge Project and pre-college Philosophy through the Collegiate Scholars program. This past year he held a fellowship to write about the future aims of Liberal Learning, worked at the Tikvah Fund in New York to design Classical Education curricula for high schools, and helped build the first Jewish Liberal Arts College in the US. After spending a summer at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Jake is especially excited to return to Greece to share his love of poetry and literature, coach Forensics, and brush up on his childhood love of Archaeology.

Jasmine Thornton

Jasmine Thornton

Villanova University, Villanova, PA
B.A.  in Political Science/ Minor in Educational Policy and Leadership

Jasmine Thornton recently earned her bachelor's of arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Educational Policy and Leadership at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate studies, she was the president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association undergraduate chapter (PSEA)  and participated on the executive board for organizations on campus such as the Black Student Union, the Pre-Law Black Student Association, and the Tau Xi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

She presented at the University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography Forum on Integrating Dispositional Development Frameworks into an Undergraduate Teacher Education Program. The pilot study tested a framework that focuses on self-reflection skills and goal setting in student teachers. This forum showed the ways in which a teacher can make for a better reciprocal relationship between them and their students.

While in college, education has allowed Jasmine to open doors for herself that she never imagined possible. Jasmine is extremely passionate about education equity and transforming the system through teaching and policy advisement in hopes of overcoming the pitfalls of our current education system.

After her Fulbright year, Jasmine will be finishing her Master's in Education at Villanova University and hopes to start her career at a think tank that focuses on educational policy advising.

Kristen O'Neill

Kristen O'Neill

Elon University, Elon, NC
B.A. in Special and Elementary Education

Kristen graduated from Elon University in 2019 with a B.A. in Special and Elementary Education. While at university, she spent time working in elementary schools, mentored young girls and incoming students at Elon, and was a leader for a female empowerment club. It was her experience teaching English to young boys in Malawi, Africa that solidified her passion for reading and English education. Kristen spent the subsequent 2.5 years researching the interests of struggling readers in low-income schools in North Carolina, then wrote a series of children’s books based on students’ interests that were used for reading instruction in elementary schools. For the past year, she has been teaching English in a primary school in Madrid, Spain, enabling her to learn and grow as an educator. Kristen is excited to learn about Greek English and reading curriculums, connect with students and teachers, and be immersed in Greek culture.

Kurtis Weatherford

Kurtis Weatherford

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in International Relations and Political Economy/Minor in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence

Kurtis Weatherford recently graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in International Relations and Political Economy and a minor in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence. While at USC, he participated in a consortium on refugee policy that brought him to Greece where he volunteered with NGOs on the island of Lesvos. This experience inspired him to return to Greece and work with students whose communities are on the front lines of 21st century challenges such as climate change and human migration. While interning at the US State Department, he also realized the importance of cultural ambassadorship and is excited to take on such a role in Greece. Outside of the classroom, he hopes to continue working with refugee populations in Athens while exploring the role education can play in building individual and community resilience.

Nicole Axe

Nicole Axe

DePaul University, Chicago, IL
B.S., Elementary Education/Minor in English as a Second Language

Nicole Axe graduated from DePaul University in June of 2020 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in English as a Second Language. As an undergraduate, Nicole taught in many Chicago public schools allowing her to put her student centered philosophy into practice. Teaching students from preschool to fourth grade allowed her to fully understand her passion and drive to educate the future generation. She has also participated in many educational volunteer opportunities both globally and locally. These experiences taught her lessons from many different perspectives. Nicole chose Greece because of its’ rich ancient multicultural history. She looks forward to the opportunity to explore all that the school and local Greek community have to offer and teach her!

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