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Recent Graduate Kimberly Beall Awarded Teaching Assistantship in France

Beall will teach English to elementary school students from Oct. 1, 2007 until June 30, 2008.


By Laura Ormsby (July 2007)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Recent Penn State graduate and Fulbright program finalist Kimberly Beall has received an assistantship from the French Government to teach in Amiens, France, beginning this fall. She is to teach English to elementary school students.

“I am unbelievably excited about this opportunity,” said Beall, 23, a May 2007 graduate in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from Penn State Berks. She originally applied for a Fulbright-French Government Assistantship through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Ultimately, she received her assistantship through the French Ministry of Education.

During her time in France, the Schreyer Honors College Scholar aims to experience the country’s educational system as well as become fluent in French and improve her skills as an English Language Acquisition instructor. She will teach there from Oct. 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

After returning to the United States, she plans to seek a position in an elementary school teaching English as a Second Language or foreign languages. She eventually plans on obtaining a doctorate degree in English as a Second Language.

Beall was the 2007 recipient of the Walker Award at Penn State Berks. The award—which annually recognizes one student at each Penn State campus—was given to Beall due to her efforts on behalf of the Berks community as an active member of numerous clubs on campus.