Daniela Santana, a graduate student at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to teach next year at an elementary school in northern Spain.
Santana is graduating this spring with a Master of Education, with a specialization in English as a Second Language (ESL). A native of San Dimas, California, she is a fourth-grade bilingual literacy teacher in Fort Worth. She says she applied for the Fulbright to learn about education outside the United States and is honored to have been selected.
“I've been teaching for two years and felt that in order to be the most well-rounded educator I could possibly be, I needed to push myself to acquire a more holistic perspective on education systems and teaching practices and pedagogies,” she says.
Santana says her courses at the Simmons School have given her a solid foundation in ESL theory and practice. “There are so many great minds – professors and peers – who have both challenged and motivated me to be better for students,” she says. “I'd like to come back with an added understanding of how to work with language learners, especially those from Spanish-speaking backgrounds.”