The Impact of ISSI: Alumni Accomplishments
Since the beginning of the International Studies Summer Institutes in 1996, hundreds of teachers have passed through the program. All of them have gone on to do amazing things. Here are what a few of our alumni have accomplished:
- Jeannine Kuropatkin, Arizona (ISSI 2009) – Fulbright-Hays GPA in Indonesia (Summer 2010); selected as one of two State Co-Coordinators for National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week: Freshwater and Geography Action: Oceania educational programs for 2010-2011 school year.
- Gail Chastain, California (ISSI 2001, 2009) – “I believe, due to ISSI, I received two major teaching awards (1 local, 1 national), and an opportunity to teach on a two-week exchange to Armenia.”
- Jenny & Juan Banal, Philippines (ISSI 2008) – Involved parents in the school, appeared in a news article about the work that they initiated, received a letter from the Mayor of Makati, their country's financial district, lauding their efforts to make a difference in teaching the children in their school and their parents regarding global issues and concerns.
- Michael Sixtus, California (ISSI 2007) – Finalist for the 2008 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship.
- Leslie Casanova, Connecticut (ISSI 2007) – 2008-09 Fulbright Grantee: Teacher Exchange - Morocco.
- Pren Woods, South Carolina (ISSI 2006) – 2008 Toyota International Teacher Program to the Galápagos Islands.
- Gwendolyn Devins, North Carolina (ISSI 2005) – 2007 North Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education (NCAAHE) High School Teacher of the Year.
- Lisa Adeli, Arizona (ISSI 2002) – won the 2009 History Channel Teacher of the Year Award at the National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C. Lisa is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona.
- Souley Dounda, Maryland (ISSI 2001) – 2010 MD Language Teacher of the Year (MFLA).