A Fulbrighter in France
Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Meaghan Teitelman receives scholarship to teach English abroad
By Cole Hatcher
DELAWARE, Ohio – Meaghan Teitelman, graduate of Wesleyan University in Ohio, class of 2018, was awarded a highly competitive Fulbright US Student Program scholarship to spend eight months teaching English in Lyon, France.
As an OWU student, Teitelman was a double major in French and Sociology and Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. She currently teaches French at Laurel School, a private, independent day school for girls in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Teitelman will begin her assignment at Fulbright as a High School English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in September.
“My career goal and the reason I applied for this scholarship is because I want to be a great French teacher in the United States,” Teitelman said. “While in France, I hope to travel as much as I can, connect with French people and international immigrants / residents in France, and improve my language skills so that I can return to the United States and be the teacher I have. hope to be. “
Teitelman said his four years at the Ohio Wesleyan “put me on a path that made Fulbright a possibility. I had amazing and inspiring teachers who motivated me every step of the way, whether it was studying abroad or applying for a TPG (Theory-to-Practice Grant).
University-funded GPTs are part of Ohio Wesleyan’s flagship program, The OWU Connection, which teaches students to think big (understand the issues of multiple academic disciplines), go global (gain an international perspective), and become real (translate classroom knowledge into real world live).
Teitelman’s OWU Connection experiences included conducting research at the Palace of Versailles in France in 2016 and 2017; search for open-air markets in Paris, Strasbourg and Marseille, France, in 2017; and study the relationship between Quechua and Spanish in Cusco, Peru, in 2018.
“I was so focused on destinations at the time and found grant writing tedious,” Teitelman said. “I didn’t realize that the advice I received and the skills I gained from just writing these grant proposals would be invaluable in writing this Fulbright proposal. Overseas experience was also a key part of my Fulbright app, and I got it in spades through the OWU programs.
Teitelman said she became interested in applying to the Fulbright program while still a student in Ohio Wesleyan. She submitted an unsuccessful application to travel to Luxembourg with the help of comparative literature professor Anne Sokolsky, Ph.D., also an OWU stock advisor. When Teitelman decided to submit a second Fulbright nomination, she contacted Sokolsky again.
“When I emailed Dr Sokolsky in the spring of 2020 to see if she would be willing to sign with me for another visit, this time to France, she immediately responded enthusiastically and we communicated all summer long. and fall, ”Teitelman said. “She helped me to clearly define my goals and supported me in the authentic communication of this dream of teaching in France. We both recognized how competitive it was, but she continued to reassure me that this was the grant I should apply for. His partnership has been amazing, especially since I’m not even a current OWU student.
After completing his Fulbright experience and returning to the United States at the end of April, Teitelman plans to pursue a master’s degree in applied linguistics and continue to pursue his goal of “inspiring a generation of American students to pursue the study of French.”
Learn more about the Ohio Wesleyan Department of World Languages and Cultures at owu.edu/languages and more about the OWU Connection Signature Program at owu.edu/connection.
About the Fulbright Scholar program
Sponsored by the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, the Fulbright program is designed to increase mutual understanding between people in the United States and other countries. Founded in 1946, the program currently operates in more than 160 countries. Laureates are selected on the basis of their academic and professional merit. To date, Fulbright Program alumni have won 60 Nobel Prizes, 88 Pulitzer Prizes, 75 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, 16 Presidential Freedom Medals, and countless other awards and honors. For more information, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.
About Ohio Wesleyan University
Founded in 1842, Wesleyan University in Ohio is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more undergraduate majors than many universities of its size and participates in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its flagship program, The OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and holistic perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world contexts. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and is on the lists of “Best Colleges” in the US News & World Report and Princeton Review. Learn more at owu.edu.