U.S. English Teaching Assistant Fellows

2019-2020

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2018-2019

Talya Adler Jaffa

Talya Adler Jaffa

Max Stern Yezreel Valley College
Talya Jaffe graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 2019 with a B.S. in neuroscience and cognitive science, a minor in biochemistry, and a B.A. in philosophy. During college, she worked in a neuroscience laboratory studying decision-making behavior. She also worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department of a hospital, and aspires to enter the medical field after she completes her Fulbright. In addition to teaching English in the Jezreel Valley of Israel, she will be involved in neuroscience research. She also plans to spend time volunteering with Israeli youth from various cultural backgrounds, with the aim of fostering a community of mutual understanding and respect.
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Hanna Lamm

Hanna Lamm

Kaye Academic College of Education
Hanna Lamm received her B.S. in Business Administration along with a directed study in Arabic from the University of South Carolina. Before the Fellowship, she managed exports for Daimler Trucks North America’s aftermarket outbound supply chain. Also, she has interned for the US State Department assisting with curriculum design for the Foreign Service Institute’s Leadership and Management School. Combining her business acumen and teaching experience, Hanna’s goal is to create an engaging environment where students feel confident in their abilities and motivated to learn. She will be practicing her Arabic and learning Hebrew to connect with students as well as the surrounding community. She aspires to improve her skills as an educator and a cultural ambassador.
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Rachel Shefer

Rachel Shefer

Kibbutzim College
Rachel Shafer earned her B.A. in International Studies with a concentration on security and diplomacy in the Middle East and Africa from the University of North Texas, where she also minored in Arabic Language Studies and earned a Peace Corps certificate. During her time as an undergraduate, Rachel was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic and conducted research on minority and indigenous identities in Morocco. With Fulbright, Rachel will assist in the teaching of English at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Through her teaching, she hopes to empower students to confidently use the English language in their personal and professional lives, as well as explore arts and in literature available in the English language. During her grant, Rachel hopes to continue her study of Arabic and learn Hebrew. Upon return to the U.S., she plans to earn a graduate degree in Near Eastern language, literature, and culture.
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Phoebe Zipper

Phoebe Zipper

Bezalel – Academy of Arts and Design
Phoebe Zipper received her B.A. in History from Bowdoin College. As an undergraduate student, Phoebe worked extensively as a writing tutor in the Bowdoin Center for Learning and Teaching, helping students from across the academic spectrum adjust to the rigors of college writing and hone their use of the English language. During her Fulbright Fellowship, she will draw on this experience and her own multilingual background while teaching English at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. While in Israel, she will also be learning Hebrew and, through her students, hopes to gain a better understanding of the role of arts in Israeli society today and develop her skills as a cultural ambassador.
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Jessica Davidova

Jessica Davidova

Kibbutzim College of Education
Jessica Davidov received her BA in Political Science and Near Eastern studies from Wayne State University. As an undergraduate student, Jessica revitalized an Israel education group in Detroit as well as spent much of her time educating students on Israel’s strong community, vibrant culture, and world influence. Before departing for the fellowship, Jessica is continuing her research on the Kurdish people and their struggle for statehood while simultaneously comparing that with the Jewish people’s achievement of statehood under Dr.Nadejda Marinova of Wayne State University. Jessica was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in Tel Aviv. Jessica aspires to spend her time in Israel by working with the youth at Yemin Orde. There, she will be utilizing a multilingual background and knowledge of photography to mentor students in the art of photography-- as a way to bridge the language barriers and help them integrate into their new society.
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Daniella Wenger

Daniella Wenger

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Daniella Wenger received her BS in Business Administration with a minor in Public Policy and Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology from University of California, Berkeley. Before the Fellowship she served as an Undergraduate Fellow for the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and led Free Ventures, UC Berkeley’s premier student run start up accelerator which helped 40 teams raise $30M+ of venture capital in the past 5 years. During her Fulbright Fellowship, Daniella will be teaching English and shaping the English curriculum at Bezalel University. She will also be learning Arabic and conducting research in the field of International Relations, International Business, or National Security and Counter terrorism.
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Juan Pinto

Juan Pinto

Oranim Academic College
Juan Pinto received his MA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin and his BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with minors in Linguistics and Modern Hebrew, from Brigham Young University. He has held various teaching and tutoring positions of both English and Hebrew. Before departing for Israel, Juan is continuing his research into the use of data science principles for the creation of language learning materials. After completing his time as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Juan will pursue a PhD in Second Language Acquisition. While in Israel, he will be working with English learners at Oranim Academic College in Kiryat Tiv’on. His goals as an educator are to increase students’ confidence in their own abilities, motivate them to take charge of their own learning, and help them use technological tools effectively to learn English. He hopes to engage students with rich learning experiences while honing his own skills as an educator and cultural ambassador.
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Blake Barrett

Blake Barrett

Tel Hai College
Blake Barrett received his BA in Journalism with a minor in International Areas Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Barrett was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowship at Tel-Hai College. He has spent his time since graduation earning his Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Cambridge and working at Oklahoma City’s downtown library. While at the library, Barrett worked with the community to create the Metropolitan Library Literary Magazine, which consisted of short stories, poetry, and non-fiction essays submitted by local authors. Barrett will help teach English at Tel Hai College and engage the local community through American literature and the English language.
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