Many of our AmeriCorps members go on to achieve great accomplishments so the news of Jennifer Eliezer, AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow at Young Achievers in Mattapan, receiving the Fullbright Foreign Scholarship Award to teach abroad in Costa Rica, came at no surprise. In her time here with Citizen Schools, Jennifer has built great connections with her students and we couldn’t be any more excited for the next step in her journey. Congratulations Jennifer !
Jennifer Eliezer (COM‘14 , Wheelock‘18) has been named the recipient of a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship. She will be putting her Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages to use as an English Teaching Assistant. Jennifer hopes to teach students using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, welcoming their real-life experiences into the classroom and encouraging learning in real-life experiences. She will be teaching post-secondary students in rural Costa Rica.
Jennifer reflected on her time as a BU Wheelock student, and the role the school played in her path as an educator. “Even through its continued efforts to make strides in equity, diversity, and inclusion, BU Wheelock is not an easy place to be as a person of color let alone a Black woman,” she says. “However, I had a few incredible people through my time in the TESOL EdM program really see me and see my gifts and talents. Through genuine mentorship and support from the faculty I gained the same confidence I have spent my career so far instilling in my own students. I was able to harness my strengths and recognize the value I can bring to a program like Fulbright.”
This excerpt was pulled from the Boston University, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development’s News &Events Section, click here to read it in full