Fellowships and Opportunities


John Dannehl — Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain

Name: John Dannehl

Class Year: 2017

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Major(s): Geology, Spanish

Opportunity and Year: Fulbright Program for U.S. Students, 2017-18

Project Summary: I will be teaching English and other subjects as needed to primary and secondary school students (ages 6-12) at the Colegio San Purísima Concepción y Santa Ma Micaela in Logroño, Spain. In addition, I will be hosting group discussions or seminars of current events around the world with faculty  and students from the local high school to facilitate civil discourse between Spaniards and Americans.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? W&L gave me all the tools I would need to tackle this amazing opportunity to teach. I took a Foreign Language Methods course with Professor Kuettner to learn foreign language pedagogy, and I had the opportunity to work with Spanish heritage speakers as part of the ESOL program.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I applied for this opportunity to give myself the chance to fully immerse myself in a foreign language over a long period of time, so I can really live the Spanish language and culture. The Fulbright scholarship also allows me to teach (which I have always loved) without devoting my life to the profession.

Post-graduation Plans: I plan on obtaining a Masters in Geology and working as an environmental consultant. I would also love to pursue a career working for an alternative energy company.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? Although the jobs are quite different, I believe the Fulbright scholarship will teach me how to communicate and collaborate creatively with others, which will serve me as important skills in post-fellowship life.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Tutor for the W&L ESOL program. Technology and Learning Specialist at the Global Discovery Laboratories. Member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Off-campus Experience:

Translator, teacher, and technical coordinator at the Centro Superior de Lenguas Modernas de la Ciudad de Cádiz (CSLM) in the summer of 2016. IIES exchange program with Inma Garnes, Professor of Spanish at UGA, in Segorbe, Spain in the summer of 2013.

Research Experience:

Keck Geology Consortium and LacCore. I conducted geologic research at the University of Minnesota, assessing environmental remediation and conservation of Wisconsin lakes using fossils and geochemical proxies as environmental indicators of decline in biological communities in the ecosystem. This summer research contributed to my senior geology thesis “Subfossil assemblages as indicators of environmental quality in temperate lakes of Wisconsin”, which I presented at the 2017 Geological Society of America Regional Conference in Richmond, Virginia.

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