For the second time this semester, a College of Notre Dame of Maryland senior has been named a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Marcella Jones, an English major, will teach English in Ecuador during the next academic year. In March, Cassandra Bales received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia.
Jones will teach at an Ecuadorian university that trains ESL teachers in the provinces. The assistantship begins in September and continues for 10 months.
The Fulbright program awards approximately 1,000 new grants to undergraduates each year.
“There is nothing more eye-opening and enriching than to spend an academic year abroad,” said Leonor Blum, associate professor of history and coordinator of College of Notre Dame’s Fulbright program. “To be a Fulbright English as a Second Language teacher of teachers at an Ecuadorian university while absorbing the country’s culture puts a U.S. college graduate in a perfect position of giving while learning.”
Jones is very eager to travel to Ecuador. “This opportunity will be the experience of a lifetime,” she said. “More than anything, I want to learn more about a different way of life, while sharing information about my own. I believe it is crucial to increase understanding between people of different nations and cultures.”
Jones lives in Northeast Baltimore. She is a member of the Morrissy Honors Program, Sigma Tau Delta (English honor society) and Phi Beta Delta (international scholars honor society). Earlier this year, Jones won first place in Delta Epsilon Sigma’s national writing competition with her research paper on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The paper will be printed in an upcoming edition of the organization’s journal.
After returning from Ecuador, Jones is interested in working in the Foreign Service or pursuing a Ph.D. in English language and literature.