Jack Josellis, a history major and secondary education minor, spent the fall semester in Spain as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.
The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. Jack says the Spain ETA allowed him to pursue his passion for education, language, and travel in an immersive program that "fosters not only valuable leadership qualities, but international relationships predicated on the respectful, informative, two-way dialogue between a given Fulbrighter and their host country."
Jack spent nine months in Madrid, Spain where he was excited to meet Fulbright Scholars from all over Europe and the United States. He also continued perfecting his Spanish speaking ability.
"The College of Education helped prepare me for this program by emphasizing the depth of the impact that exceptional and bold teaching can have on a young adult's life," said Jack. "These experiences have been incredibly valuable in helping make this dream a reality."
Jack's motivation to teach comes from the belief that every young adult deserves an opportunity to find their passion and develop valuable life skills in a supportive setting.
"Almost every student has had at least one teacher inspire them to try something new, pursue a passion, or discover more about themselves," said Jack. "Having the chance to be a part of so many young adults' lives every day of the school week is an incredible opportunity to help foster student curiosity, promote service to the global community, and create passionate leaders for the world of tomorrow."