In honor of 50 successful years of the English Language Fellows Program, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce hosted a celebratory event on November 5th in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S Department of State to honor the program, its participants, and its partners.
The Department presented awards to three outstanding Fellow alumni and seven U.S. universities who have been key partners of the Fellow program.
Fabio Coelho (Fellow in Indonesia, 2013-2016) received the Fellow Public Diplomacy Award. This award was given in recognition of his outstanding achievement in helping the U.S. Department of State reach public diplomacy goals by sharing American culture and values and building relationships with current and future leaders in other countries. His work with future English teachers and faculty at the State Islamic University in Pekanbaru created stronger connections between the Regional English Language Office and the U.S. Embassy, and the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs.
April Perkins (Fellow in Libya and Morocco, 2010-2011) received the Alumni Impact Award in recognition of her high achievements in using the professional and cultural experience she gained from the Fellow Program in her current role as Director of Bilingual Programs for the state of Maine.
Beth Baumgartner (Fellow in Hungary, 2018-2019) received the Cross-Cultural Award, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to building cross-cultural ties. Beth is a dual certified ESL and Special Education teacher, whose project in Hungary was focused on disability rights and educational inclusion. Beth quickly made strong connections as an adopted member of her host institution family and connected her students in Budapest with students in Ohio virtually.
The seven university awardees are the following:
- School for International Training, Top Fellow Producing Institution
- Teacher’s College, Columbia University, Top Fellow Producing Institution
- San Francisco State University, Top Fellow Producing Institution
- Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, Top Fellow Producing Institution
- University of Washington, Top Fellow Producing Institution
- University of Oregon, University Partnership Award
- University of Colorado, Boulder, University Partnership Award
“For the past fifty years, we have supported American educators in the field of English teaching to represent the United States at institutions abroad” said Assistant Secretary Royce. “Their passion combined with the support of our partner institutions here and abroad is what has made the English Language Fellow program such a tremendous success.”
The English Language Fellow Program is the premiere international exchange opportunity for U.S. English teaching professionals. The 10-month fellowship program is highly competitive for educators in the United States and highly sought by institutions abroad. The program participants, or Fellows, are experienced educators with advanced degrees who improve English language teaching capacity in their host countries while benefiting from opportunities for professional and personal growth.