B'ville native award recipient

Nazareth College is proud to announce the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has awarded Heidi Ressler of Baldwinsville a 2009-10 Undergraduate Junior Fulbright award.

Ressler, a senior with a major in history with adolescent social studies and special education certification, and a minor in German, is traveling to Germany to teach English. Upon returning to the United States, she plans to pursue her master's degree in either history or international studies before going into teaching full-time.

While in Germany, Ressler hopes to share lessons on diversity in the U.S. to enliven her students' views towards different cultures. She would also like to volunteer for a community-based project focused on immigration in Germany.

"Teaching is a career that is sometimes underappreciated and underestimated, but I feel that educators have the important power and responsibility to promote multi-culturism in our classrooms," said Ressler, who studied in Berlin her sophomore year as part of Nazareth's study abroad program. "My coursework and pedagogical experience in American and German classrooms have given me insight into the educational systems of both countries. As a Fulbright Teaching Assistant, I would use what I have learned not only to teach English, but also to be a cultural ambassador for the United States."

Ressler joins David Jablonski of Greece, NY as the two Nazareth students who earned a 2009-10 Fulbright Award for Nazareth College.

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