Education Abroad Program Winner*
2017 – Congratulations to Sharon Galt, a teacher of Spanish at Stirling High School in Somerdale, NJ for being the 2017 recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from FLENJ’s Education Program Abroad. Sharon studied at the Casco Language School in Panama in which she had the opportunity to learn about the local language and culture while volunteering to work in local schools. By volunteering her time in a school, she was able to give back to the community as they had helped her learn and grow in her cultural and linguistic understanding of the Spanish language.
2016 – Congratulations to Mimma-Marie Cammarata, teacher of Italian, and Michelle Myers, teacher of French for being the 2016 winners of a $3,000 EPA scholarship. The Sterling High School instructors will take a gastronomic tour of Peru with their Spanish teacher colleague Sharon Galt, exploring the agricultural and culinary practices of the Inca in order to trace the indigenous foods from the Americas to the Mediterranean. Their hope is to show how the staple foods of the Inca revolutionized the Mediterranean diet and cuisine in Italy, France, and Spain. Their research will then be used to create common lessons to improve students’ linguistic and cultural fluency in Spanish, French and Italian.
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2015 – Congratulations to Kimberly O’Brien, a teacher of Spanish for the Somers Point Public Schools District, for being the 2015 recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from FLENJ’s Education Program Abroad. She will spend two weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico immersed in the Spanish language by living with a host family and enjoying cultural outings and cooking classes. She will then return to her classroom with artisanal Oaxacan products and authentic texts in Spanish to support her curriculum.
For more details about her project, please contact Kimberly directly!
2014 – Congratulations to Ashley Warren, a teacher of Spanish at West Windsor–Plainsboro High School North, for being the 2014 recipient—and FLENJ’s very first recipient—of a $3,000 scholarship from FLENJ’s Education Program Abroad. She will spend three weeks in Santiago, Chile. There, in addition to developing her Spanish proficiency, she will conduct research, and develop and acquire resources and realia for a new thematic unit on human rights.
For more details about her project, please contact Ashley directly!
*Questions about the application process? Questions about how to find a program? Feel free to contact previous winners (links above) or the program coordinator Salvatore Veniero. Don’t forget! If your native language is not English, you are entitled to a mentor’s help with your application. So please write us!