Mountain View High teacher receives Fulbright grant

Headshot of Tamara ScottTamara Scott, an American Sign Language teacher at Mountain View High School, has received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Short Term Program (DAST) grant from the U.S. Department of State. Recipients of the grant are selected on the basis of leadership potential, and academic and professional achievement. She is one of 13 K-12 teachers who will travel abroad as part of Cycle II of the Fulbright DAST program in 2019. 

The program gives educators the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with educators in another country. Scott will travel to Kuwait to conduct workshops on the effective techniques used to teach American Sign Language (ASL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to deaf and hard of hearing students in Kuwaiti public schools.

“This grant gives me an opportunity to simultaneously incorporate my knowledge of American Sign Language and deaf culture with my love of adventure and international cultures,” Scott says. “I am eager to experience the Kuwaiti culture while collaborating with global colleagues to design effective pedagogical techniques that will support deaf and hard of hearing students.”

Scott said she is not only excited at the prospect of what she will learn during this experience, but also enthusiastic about the opportunity to share what she has learned with students and colleagues upon her return.

“I feel blessed that I have been chosen to represent my school, district and state with this transformative opportunity," she says. "I know I will come back into the classroom with experiences that will broaden my teaching and leadership abilities.”

(Information courtesy of U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)

(Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)


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