For immediate release
September 15, 2009
Contact: Rachel Pugh
Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University alumnus Perry Guevara (G’09), of Birmingham, Ala., was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a Fulbright award for an English teaching assistantship in Spain.
“Communication among students, teachers and parents is critical to the success of bilingual education, and I will encourage this dialogue through my Fulbright position,” Guevara wrote in his application. "To me, teaching is not solely a profession: it is a way of happening -- a route to personal growth and transformation. My goal as a teacher is to see my students develop into catalysts for change and vehicles for progress in our future world. Education is a process of character building."
At Georgetown, Guevara served as a writing center associate, helping students to form writing strategies and explaining proper citing procedures so that in the future, they would avoid academic dishonesty.
"I have read several of Perry’s excellent paper assignments from my course in critical theory … and I have had occasion to hear Perry deliver excellent oral presentations both in class and in professional conference settings," said Ricardo Ortiz, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the English department at Georgetown University. "He has a gift for explaining complex analytical points with clarity and force, and that he clearly has a vocation for a career in scholarship and teaching."
Congress established the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the purposes of supervising the Fulbright Program and certain programs authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act and for the purpose of selecting students, scholars, teachers, trainees and other persons to participate in the educational exchange programs. Appointed by the president of the United States, the 12-member Board meets quarterly in Washington. The Board maintains a close relationship with both the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State and the executive directors of all the binational Fulbright Commissions. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, nearly 300,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program. More information is available here: http://fulbright.state.gov/.
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