Send Fulbright Awardee Family to UK
Hello, one & all, and thank you for stopping by! I am sharing with you today one of my proudest moments as a teacher and Holocaust educator. To be honest, I'm still a little shocked at all of this, but I am a FULBRIGHT!!! For those of you who are not 100% sure what a "Fulbright" is, that's okay! I wasn't sure myself, at first. Here's some information from Wikipedia (don't judge):
"The Fulbright Program ... is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange.... The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes; seventy-eight have won Pulitzer Prizes. More Nobel laureates are former Fulbright recipients than any other award program."
I received a specific type of Fulbright, the Distinguished Award in Teaching, one of only 43 in the nation! (What?!????!!!) For the last eight years, I have spent a tremendous amount of time and effort studying and teaching the Holocaust. I am a Museum Teacher Fellow for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and a member of their elite teacher cadre, the Regional Education Corps. I have received other awards & recognitions for my efforts in Holocaust education, but I don't want this to be all about me.
This is about my family.
The Fulbright DAT is generously allowing me to spend a semester in England to conduct research on my Capstone project proposal: "The Woman's Holocaust: The Roles & Regulations, Rape & Resistance." Though the Fulbright funds all my living expenses while abroad, it does not provide for my family, husband Travis & daughter Ayden. As a further complication, I was granted leave WITHOUT PAY from Clarke County School District. :(
Without Ayden and Travis with me in England, the experience - living, studying, traveling - would be unimaginable. So here's the bottom line... We need your help! England is really expensive (especially if we're in London!), the dollar isn't going very far, and our financial responsibilities in Georgia remain. We're trying to sell our house (wanna buy a house???!!), and that will help, but just like many of you, our other bills are still there.
Please give. Any amount. Any will do.
Though gratitude seems a paltry thing for what we're asking , we would be eternally grateful and appreciative.
Thank you so, so much! Cheerio!
Meghan, Travis & Ayden
We are nearly out of here! In one week Travis, Ayden and I fly out for our new home in Notting Hill, London. Now that the time has come, it most certainly seems a little surreal. We are spending this week taking care of the millions of details needed to move. And we're PACKING, of course!
Next time you hear from us, we may be an ocean away. Out of sight, but never out of mind, we hope!
Flat FINALLY taken care of! So excited!
Last week - actually about 10 days ago - this teacher started back to school. For the 15th time.
Under normal circumstances the first week back can be a bit of a whirlwind, but this year felt more like a hurricane that crashed into a tornado... EVERYTHING NEW - classroom, evaluation system, grade, curriculum, team, kids... WHEW! I'm still out of breath!
Just as the winds of pre-planning/back to school have begun to die down, I'm off to another adventure equally as dramatic. I leave for Washington, DC in an hour for my Fulbright Orientation, America. (My UK orientation is down the road a bit.) So the adventure begins!!! All these months and all this prep... I can't believe it's here.
Oh, London update: Leaving in just a few weeks. All passports have arrived, visa is official, things are being bagged and boxed all over the house. One small snag -- the flat is still not 100% confirmed. We're waiting on the contract, and I'm a little anxious, to say the very least. On top of that, we're still only set for 6 weeks. Grrr. Trying to stay optimistic that everything will work out. It has to! [Right???]
Though things have quieted down here @ GFM, we're still fundraising. Everyone has been so kind and generous thus far, but we're not there yet. Please continue to spread the word, and THANK YOU!!!! (Cannot say that enough!)
Time is getting short. We are planning to leave in approximately 4 weeks.
Scary. Exciting. Nerve-wracking.
I realize that this is terribly impersonal, but I wanted to thank all of you that showed up at the Jittery Joe's benefit Saturday. It was so much fun! The food was DELICIOUS, Simone was her usual amazing self (and she wrote a great song for me!), but all the people that showed were the BEST. At one point I was able to take a moment to overlook the spectacle. I was amazed - and touched - at all the folks who showed from near and far. Childhood friends, family, neighbors, CMS folks, former and future students, county commissioners, former parents - now friends, St. Joe's people, film festival people, etc... It was beautiful.
I live in the best place and am blessed to know some of the best people in the world.
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