TT: Get psyched to learn about a program that allows rural teachers to travel the world! Welcome to Katie Hendrickson who participated in the Rural Trust’s Global Teacher Fellowship.
Katie, tell us about your background.
Katie: I’m in my 6th year of teaching middle school math in rural southeastern Ohio. My first trip abroad and first true travel experience was completing my student teaching during 3 months in South Africa. That was my first bite of the travel bug, and after that, I was hooked!
TT: Great! Tell us about the Global Teacher Fellowship.
K: Two summers ago, I received a fellowship from the Rural Trust to travel and develop unique lesson plans based on a self-selected topic of study. I chose to study the mathematics of textile and fashion design in Europe. I visited Italy, France, and Beligum. I learned about lace-making and leather in Venice and I took a lace-making course in Bruges, Belgium. I learned about the history of textiles, wool tapestries, clothing design, couture fashion, and more in Italy and Paris. I visited fashion and textile museums, took a tour of the YSL museum which included a visit to his workroom, and I talked to tailors and shoe-makers. I visited Lake Como, outside Milan, to learn about silk at their museum and fashion school. Overall, I was in Europe for 5 weeks.
TT: Wow! How did you find this travel grant opportunity, and how did you fund it?
K: I found out about the grant through Rural Policy Matters, the e-newsletter of the Rural School and Community Trust.
The Global Teacher Fellowship through the Rural School and Community Trust funded my trip, though I also spent a bit of my own savings.