By Kara McMurray, College of Education

Julia Melvin, a Washington State University alumna, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Greece as an English teaching assistant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Melvin will support the teaching of English at the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation in Athens, Greece.

Melvin graduated from WSU’s College of Education in May 2015 with a degree in elementary education and an endorsement in English Language Learning (ELL). After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she has worked as a substitute teacher, nanny, and a volunteer tutor at a local library for adult literacy. In addition, she has been learning Spanish at a community college.

Departing for Athens in August, she temporarily has switched gears and begun learning Greek.

“Other than from sorority life at WSU, I didn’t really know the Greek letters. So I subscribed to Rosetta Stone,” she said. “It’s helped quite a lot. I’ve only been doing it for a couple of weeks, and I’ve already learned a lot.”

Melvin’s Fulbright award will allow her to work in Athens from September through July 2019.

“I wanted to teach abroad since high school. I’ve always loved the ability to travel, and I’ve always had a passion for ELL,” she said.

The program was recommended to her by an ELL advisor and is expected to provide a broader understanding of other cultures.

As a nanny for a family in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, Melvin has traveled to Greece previously, serving as a teacher for that family’s children.

“It’s been great being able to figure out what I want to teach the kids and where I want to teach them,” she said.

Tutoring adults a local library, she said, has also been helpful in that regard. “It’s interesting to work with adults and figure out how to mold teaching to adhere to their personalities.”

Melvin will be worked with primary school children through this program. The HAEF had 13 positions in Greece available through the Fulbright Program.

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