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Get to Know a Grantee - Kelsey Engstrom

By Maureen Heydt

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. 

Kelsey Engstrom is a 24 year-old California native who is spending the year teaching English in the small, northern Czech town of Náchod. Kelsey is a perfect example of the varied backgrounds that Fulbright English Teaching Assistants come from, proving that a background or previous studies in education is not a requirement to becoming an ETA. Indeed, Kelsey spent the year before her grant working for the Office of the Inspector General in California as a prison rehabilitation analyst. Here, Kelsey discusses living in a small Czech town, biking back and forth across the Polish border, and her passion for criminal justice reform.


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Hometown: Mill Valley, CaliforniaUniversity, Major/Minor: University of Washington, Law, Societies, and Justice/Spanish School in Czech Republic: Obchodní akademie, Náchod Age: 24 Favorite Quote: “…

Get to Know a Grantee - Jennie Magner

By Maureen Heydt

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Even though Jennie Magner hadn’t previously visited the Czech Republic prior to starting her Fulbright grant, she was already very familiar with Czech culture. This was thanks in large part to her Nebraskan hometown of 8,000 people, which has a vibrant Czech community, and even hosts a Czech cultural festival every year! This cultural connection inspired Jennie so much, that she applied for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant to the Czech Republic, and is now teaching for one year in the UNESCO heritage site Kroměříž. Here she discusses what it’s like to go on pilgrimages with the Catholic boarding school she teaches at, her many involvements with students, and what it means to be a Fulbrighter in 2017. 

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Hometown: York, Nebraska University, Major/Minor: Abilene Christian University, Two-Dimensional St…

Get to Know a Grantee - Ashley Barba

By Maureen Heydt 

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. 

Boskovice is a charming town of 11,000 in southern Moravia, which boasts a historic Jewish quarter, chateau, stunning castle ruins, and for one year, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Ashley Barba. A native Californian who radiates positivity, Ashley is excited to be spending ten months teaching English in the Czech Republic, a place she hadn’t previously visited before accepting her Fulbright grant. Ashley is passionate about teaching and learning from others, and endeavors to become a special education teacher upon her return to the States. Here, she discusses life in a small Moravian town, what it’s like to move to a country you’ve never visited before, and her advice for anyone considering spending a year abroad teaching English!

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Hometown: Chino Hills, California University, Major/Minor: Chapman University,…

Get to Know a Grantee - Professor Justin Hall

By Maureen Heydt
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.  

Justin Hall of San Francisco, California spent this last semester in Brno, Czech Republic serving as a Fulbright Scholar to Masaryk University. Hall is a celebrated comics creator, and professor of comics at the California College of the Arts, who was ecstatic to participate in the Fulbright program’s mission of international education and exchange. Hosted by the American and English Studies department at Masaryk, Hall is in fact, the first Fulbright Scholar in comics ever to date. I caught up with him in Brno to find out what that means to him, what’s changed in the field of comics since he first started, and how his Czech students enjoyed making their own comics as their final exam. 


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U.S. Position: Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences, California College of the Arts, CA
Czech Affiliation: Facul…

Get to Know a Grantee - Professor Stephen Doig

By Maureen Heydt

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Stephen Doig is a Distinguished Professor and Knight Foundation Chair at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, who has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Masaryk University in Brno this past semester. He specializes in data journalism, the use of social science methods and data analysis to help reporters more ably tell their stories. Doig has built a renowned career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and has spent the last 19 years as a professor at ASU. He was interested in doing a Fulbright to the Czech Republic as a way to spread his expertise in data journalism on an international level, particularly by teaching the future journalists of Europe. Here, he discusses his experiences as a professional journalist, how he found his profession and developed his specialty, his time at Masaryk and ASU, and his special connection to the Czech Republic.


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