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Fellows

Savannah Whitehurst Blystone

9th-12th Grade, Gates County High School
Classes: Street Law, Civics & Economics, American History I & II
In this fellowship I hope to gain a better understanding of the EU, the role it plays in the world and the connections it has to daily American life. I want to bring back expertise, resources, and understanding of this subject to my students and other teachers in my area. I want to use the experiences from this fellowship to grow as an educator and as a person.

Blog Posts

“Teaching the European Union to Rural Classrooms”

“Schools Reopening: EU to the US”

“The European Union and Energy”

Savannah Blystone smiles at the camera.

Jane Breaux

9th-12th Grade, South Central High School
Classes: French I-IV, AP French Language & Culture
In this fellowship I want to learn as much as possible about the European Union so that I can give the information to my students. The EU is something that is very different from the way the United States operates so the average student has no idea about it, but should. Especially, in the French classroom!

Blog Posts

“The Least of These…”

“Suddenly, the World Got Small”

“But I Only Scratched the Surface”

Jane Breaux smiles at the camera.

Lynne Coyne

9th-12th Grade, Myers Park High School
Classes: World History, IB Global Politics, Debate
In this fellowship I hope to work with fellow educators to deepen my knowledge of the European Union and to collaboratively develop lessons appropriate for a variety of classes across the social studies and language arts curriculum. I have been lucky enough to visit several nations in both western and eastern Europe; I look forward to a deep dive into the institutions, cultures, and histories that have so enriched my personal informal travel education over the years.

Blog Posts

“Making History Come Alive: Bringing Your Travels into the Classroom”

Lynne Coyne smiles at the camera.

Kimberly Freeman

2nd Grade, Southern Elementary School
In this fellowship, my goals are to educate and inspire my students to learn about other international cultures, I want to provide learning opportunities for my students to explore beyond their geographical borders and explore the diverse cultures in Europe.

Blog Posts

“Expanding My Borders”

“Stepping Outside the Box: Unexpected Ways to Teach About Europe”

“An Art Study Abroad Tour Inspired Me to Learn About the European Union”

Kimberly Freeman smiles at the camera.

Joy Kinley

9th-12th Grade, Starmount High School
Classes: World History
I want to have a deeper understanding of how the European Union works and how the the EU works with internal issues and international agreements. I want students to understand how this works and how areas with different needs can work together to come up with answers to complex problems.

Blog Posts

“Why should I teach about the European Union”

“Events in Quarantine”

Surviving Remote Learning”

EUnited Fellow Joy Kinley smiles at the camera.

Victoria Mahoney

6th-8th Grade, Clayton Middle School
Classes: Financial Literacy
I would like to learn how to incorporate the European Union through the study of economics. The US economy depends on resources and markets in the EU. I would like to increase my knowledge of the current events in the EU. Economic conditions and politics in the EU affect the US.

Blog Posts

“Middle Schoolers Learn about EU-US Trade”

“EU Travel Brochures Created by Students”

“How to Teach about the EU through Google Arts and Culture”

Victoria Mahoney smiles at the camera.

Stephanie Morgan

9th-12th Grade, Pisgah High School
Classes: Math I, Math II, Math III, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus
I am always looking for new ways to incorporate cross-curricular and global themes into my math lessons. Doing so helps my students see the interconnectedness of different disciplines and the relevance of mathematics. I hope that this fellowship provides opportunities to improve my knowledge and understanding of the EU and its history, as well as provide me information about current events — refugee crises, Brexit, indigenous language revitalization efforts, arts, etc — that I can then translate into content-applicable lessons in my different math courses. Personally, I am excited to explore Europe and the EU in much more depth than I’ve been able to in the past.

Blog Posts

“EU in Math Class – It’s Simpler Than You Think”

“Stats on the Welfare State”

“Math in the Time of COVID”

Stephanie Morgan smiles at the camera.

Claire E. Ross

1st Grade, Morehead City Primary School
I look forward to broadening my understanding of Europe and the European Union! Furthering my knowledge will help me continue to grow as a culturally aware and globally competent adult. This fellowship will help me teach my young students to also become globally competent citizens and hopefully inspire them to seek more information and develop their personal interests. I am excited to be part of the 2020 EUnited Teacher Fellows Cohort! Go Heels!

Blog Posts

“Preparing Our Youngest Students for a Global Future”

“Learning from Home and Sparking Interest”

“Tiny Superheroes”

Claire Ross smiles at the camera.

Erica Smiley

11th & 12th Grade, Tuscola High School
Classes: AP United States History, AP Government & Politics, American History II (Honors and Regular)
My goals for the fellowship are to understand the intricacies of the European Union so that I can grow my pedagogy and be a better teacher. I want to be a more knowledgeable educator and global citizen. I love to travel and go to Europe at least once a year so this will help me in that aspect as well!

Blog Posts

“Global Tariffs and Trade Wars”

“Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste”

“Comparing Immigration: Reasons and Repercussions”

Erica Smiley smiles at the camera.

Diego Usma

6th-8th Grade, Bessemer City Middle School
Classes: Spanish
My main goal for this fellowship is to broaden my knowledge of the European Union and bring it into the classroom. This is because I want my students to develop an initial understanding
of the importance of the EU for the world and particularly, for the United States in relation to topics such as economy, politics and immigration.

Blog Posts

“Brexit: A scenario for the rise of a new lingua franca?”

“COVID-19 and the European Union: A Trial by Fire”

“Higher Education and COVID-19: The Role of Collaborative Research”

Katie Willett

9th-12th Grade, Myers Park High School
Classes: Social Studies, English, International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator
Through this fellowship I look forward to expanding my knowledge and understanding of the relevance of historical and contemporary Europe as well as that of the European Union to the global community. The outcomes of this research and collaboration will allow me to design curriculum for secondary students and professional development for educators.

Blog Posts

“The Future is Europe”

“US to EU in the time of COVID-19”

“Considering EU Citizenship from an American Perspective”

Katie Willett smiles at the camera.

Matthew John Wynne

7th Grade, R. Max Abbott Middle School
Classes: Social Studies
My goals for the fellowship is to learn more about the role of the European Union in international affairs. Also, best practices and instructional methods to facilitate learning for students on the European Union’s importance in global governance. Lastly, to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools to conduct professional development workshops to empower other educators to bring an awareness of the European Union’s significance.

Blog Posts

“Reflection on the EUnited Fellows Program”

“EU Fellowship Blog Reflection 2”

“Fight for Social Justice in the EU”

Matthew Wynne smiles at the camera.

Revae Bostwick

K-5th Grade, 9th-12th Grade, Newton-Conover City Schools, North Carolina Virtual Schools
Classes: English as a Second Language, Japanese
I have a total of 21 years in education, teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in Japan and then later ESL to adults, and elementary, middle, and high school students. My travel to Europe includes only one trip about 25 years ago. I applied to participate in this fellowship in the hopes of discovering strengths of the education system in the EU that can be applied to my educational setting. I plan to share my new knowledge with other educators through professional development and social media posts.

Revae Bostwick.

Rodney Cloer

9th Grade, Tuscola High School
Classes: World History
I was born and raised in western NC. I hold master’s degrees in public administration, teaching, and history. I have been teaching high school for three years. Before that, I was a police officer. As part of this program, I would like to learn more about the internal workings of the European Union so that I could develop comparative lessons between its organization and our federal government. I would also like to learn about further efforts towards centralization in the EU.

Maddie Dancer

5th-8th Grade, Asheville Catholic School
Classes: US History, Geography, Ancient History
I grew up in North Dakota and received my undergrad from North Dakota State University. I completed my student teaching in Asheville and fell in love with the area and the school. I just finished my second year of teaching and am very excited to be a part of this fellowship. I am a strong believer in developing an understanding for the governments and cultures of other countries. Being a part of this fellowship will help me to learn more about international governments and allow me to share that information with my students.

Maddie Dancer.

Debbie Eaton

7th, 8th Grade, Mooresville Middle School
Classes: Spanish
In this fellowship my objective is to work with the other educators in the cohort to gain a good knowledge of the European Union. I believe that cultural knowledge is the key to resolving some of the current challenges we face in today’s society. By gaining a deeper understanding of the European Union, which is very different to the United States, I hope to further my students’ knowledge and cultural understanding.

Debbie Eaton.

Holly Kolarova

K-2nd Grade, Clear Creek Elementary
Classes: English as a Second Language, Exceptional Children
I desire to expose my students to diverse people and cultures beyond our small town, farther than our state, and beyond our borders. The students will be global citizens and realize the commonalities as well as our special differences throughout the world. I hope to demonstrate to my bilingual students that they have a unique talent they should be proud of and will be an asset in their future. We can explore important topics such as immigration, refugees, and politics abroad as well as relating to their own background knowledge. Having studied in Spain and lived as a parent in Germany, I hope to bring my personal experience to connect my students to the larger world as well as deepen my personal understanding.

Holly Kolarova.

Maggie LeGrand

9th Grade, North Gaston High School
Classes: World History
In this fellowship I my goals are to learn more about the European Union and collaborate with fellow educators. I want to grow as an educator by learning about how the European Union works with fellow European countries and how the EU impacts the United States. Through this fellowship I would like to learn about current events that impacts the EU I want to provide my students engaging lessons on the European Union and to develop their critical thinking skills as global citizens. I am excited to be part of the 2021 EUnited Teacher Fellows Cohort!

Maggie LeGrand.

Alie Knox

10th Grade, Onslow Early College High School
Classes: AP World History & American Studies
I have been a social studies teacher for 20 years. I spent 18 years in the middle school setting before making the move to high school two years ago upon my return from living in the UK. My husband is Scottish and I lived with him in Scotland for three years, in fact the UK voted to leave the European Union the week I moved over! We decided to move back to my home state of North Carolina in 2019 mostly due to the uncertainty of Brexit. I am looking forward to this upcoming fellowship and the opportunity to delve deeper into the workings of the EU and its influence not only in Europe, but its position on the world stage. I am excited to collaborate with my fellow educators and work towards a deeper understanding of European politics that I can share with my students and colleagues throughout the year.

Alie Knox.

Caitlin Salerno

9th-12th Grade, Sun Valley High School
Classes: World History, Global Awareness, & Remember the Holocaust
My passion has always been to inform others so we can have a more educated citizenry, it’s why I became a social studies teacher. This fellowship will not only help expand my knowledge about the EU and international relations but also new ideas of how to share this understanding with my students. With how globalized our world is today, it is essential for everyone to have a better understanding of other countries and cultures.

Caitlin Salerno.

Wendy Westover

9th-12th Grade, West Craven High School
Classes: World History, Global Awareness, & Remember the Holocaust
I am a graduate of East Carolina University and a twenty year veteran teacher at a rural high school in Vanceboro, NC. I am primarily a teacher of French but I have also taught Journalism and English 1. I am happily married with three grown children. I am excited to learn about the European Union and be able to integrate that knowledge into my lessons. Many of my students have never been outside of their little bubble in Craven County and my goal is for my class to be a window to a larger world that leads them to a thirst for exploration and a future as a globally competent citizen.

Wendy Westover.

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