Katie Bussiere ’13 Chosen for Fulbright Award

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 1:45pm

Katie Bussiere '13 has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to teach in Brazil. She will be an English teaching assistant, a position funded by one of two types of grants the Fulbright program awards to students and young professionals working, studying, or doing research abroad.

Bussiere, who is from Canton, Connecticut, was an English major with a Spanish minor. She graduated summa cum laude and was named to Phi Beta Kappa.

Her goals include starting a book club in the Brazilian school where she is placed. “I’m interested in getting students together and sharing my passion for reading,” she says.

The nine-month grant starts in March 2015.

Bussiere is currently a project manager at LearnZillion in Washington D.C., which offers resources to teachers. She already has gained teaching experience, both through serving as a Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program mentor at Mount Holyoke and interning as an English teacher at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile.

“Katie will be an outstanding representative of Mount Holyoke and the United States while in Brazil,” says National Fellowships and Graduate School Advisor Christine S. Overstreet.

“She had excellent reasons for applying for the Fulbright since it aligns so well with her desire to pursue a career in international education. She took every opportunity at Mount Holyoke to broaden and deepen her understanding of language, teaching, and learning through the curriculum as well as through her experiences outside the classroom. “

Bussiere’s senior thesis, Tongue-Tied in America, focused on foreign-language education.

In Brazil, Fulbright English teaching assistantship grantees join an effort to increase the quality and quantity of English teaching in that country. The program assigns one to two Fulbright ETAs to teachers’ colleges at public universities throughout Brazil, where in order to graduate as English as a foreign language teachers, students attend four-year undergraduate programs. Bussiere will help develop and lead language-learning activities and classes under the supervision of faculty, and promote U.S. culture through cultural and social programs.

—By Ronni Gordon