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Fulbright Award Winner Sallie Hunter!

posted Nov 16, 2012, 4:50 PM by Dawna Green   [ updated Nov 16, 2012, 5:12 PM ]
June 2010 Spotlight

Fulbright Award Winner Sallie Hunter!

Last year while a freshman at Greely High School, Abbie Hunter was intrigued by the opportunity for students to study abroad during high school. She shared her thoughts with her mom, third grade teacher, Sallie Hunter. As an educator, Sallie understood the potential value of a study abroad year for Abbie, yet both mother and daughter had concerns with the logistics of sending a high school student solo on such an adventure.

For most families the story would end there. However, as those of you who know Sallie can attest, Sallie is no ordinary teacher or parent. In considering options for Abbie, Sallie began to wonder if it would be possible for both of them to study abroad, Sallie as a teacher, Abbie as a student. Her research led her to the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The application process is extensive and extremely selective. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Recently Sallie discovered she is one of approximately 60 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program in 2011-2012.

As a Fulbright grant recipient, Sallie is headed to England to teach fourth year at the Bliss Charity School in Nether Heyford, a small village outside of Northampton. For her part, Abbie had to jump through her own set of academic hoops and will be attending Sixth Form at the Campion School in Bugbrooke. The Hunter's plan on leaving for England in August 2011 and will be gone for one year, what would be Abbie's junior year at GHS. In "exchange" Miss Olivia Thompson will be coming over from the UK, teaching at MIW, and living in Cumberland.

Congratulations Sallie and Abbie, we wish you well on your journey!