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HCS Fourth Grade Teacher Receives Global Classroom Award

Congratulations to Homewood elementary teacher Rebecca Smith for receiving the Fullbright Teachers for Global Classrooms award to participate in a unique international educational and cultural exchange program. This program supports teachers’ efforts to make their students and schools globally knowledgeable and competitive. 


Smith will complete a graduate-level online course, participate in a three week international study abroad program next fall, and develop projects and new curriculum. As a Fulbright recipient, Smith will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and abroad. 


Smith was previously awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange scholarship in 2012 and is excited to have been selected for this new opportunity. 


Fulbrighters are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential and engage in cutting-edge research, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Fulbright’s diverse and dynamic network of scholars, alumni and global partners fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, shares knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the world.


Upon her return to the United States, Smith will get to share her stories and research with her colleagues. As Fulbright alumni, Smith will be enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 39 who have served as a head of state or government. 


The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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