Humanities Teacher Named Fulbright Specialist

Eighth grade Humanities teacher Jeff Blair has been named a Fulbright Specialist by the United States Department of State. The Fulbright Specialist Program provides opportunities for academics to engage in two- to six-week project-based exchanges at host institutions all over the world.

“I’ve been looking for ways to continue my international experiences,” says Jeff, who has traveled around the world, including to Japan for a Fulbright Exchange Program and to South Africa with a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching for educational research. “They’ve been very rich, and I feel like they have contributed a lot both to my own growth and to what I’ve been able to bring back and accomplish in my classroom.”

Jeff will spend three years as a Fulbright Specialist. During that time, he will join a pool of candidates to work as both a mentor and a project manager for schools and other institutions around the world. The program works in both directions: Jeff can search for projects that interest him, and institutions are able to select him for his talents out of the Fulbright Specialist pool.

Each project Jeff works on will be a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 42 days. Jeff is excited about the prospect of working internationally.

“This work helps connect The Northwest School globally, and we as a school can be informed by, and contribute to, broader global conversations,” says Jeff. “It is worth the school’s support and my investment of time because this work comes back and benefits our students and our community.”