Middlebury

February 24, 1997

Middlebury College Announces 1997 Vermont Teacher
Fellowships

Middlebury College has named three 1997 Vermont Teacher
Fellowship recipients. The teachers will attend this year's Language
School session and receive full remission of tuition, room and
board. They will reside on campus throughout the session, participate
fully in the life of their school, and abide by the language pledge
to speak only the language of study. All three are teaching or
preparing to teach the language of the school to which they have
applied, and have received endorsement from their school principals.

Receiving a fellowship to the Arabic School is Michelle
Forman of Salisbury, Vermont. Ms. Forman teaches social sciences
at Middlebury Union High School. She was instrumental in the
Addison Central Supervisory Union's articulation of the K-12 social
studies curriculum, and her expertise in the area of world history
provided scholarship and direction to the work of the committee.
She has incorporated her knowledge of Arabic into her instruction
and plans to offer Arabic at Middlebury Union High School, giving
her the opportunity to integrate language, history, and culture
into teaching. Ms. Forman holds a B.A. in history from Brandeis
and an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. She has also taken
classes in Arabic at the Ohio State University and the University
of Vermont.

Receiving a fellowship to the Spanish School is Jennifer
Ann Gifford, of Colchester, Vermont, who teaches Spanish and French
at Williston Central School. Ms. Gifford is in her second year
of teaching French and Spanish at Williston, where student participation
in the foreign language program has increased for the past two
years. During her tenure, she and her colleagues have offered
students many opportunities to learn foreign languages through
regular classroom activities plus hands-on multicultural experiences,
including projects that involve research, presentations, and whole
classroom celebrations. Williston first offered Spanish as a
foreign language in 1995, and Ms. Gifford was asked to develop
a new curriculum for the program. Ms. Gifford attended the Middlebury
Spanish School in 1996. She is a graduate of SUNY-Plattsburgh,
where she received a B.S. degree.

Receiving a fellowship to the Spanish School is Kristi
Wilson Lupo, of Queensbury, New York, a teacher of Spanish and
English at Rutland High School. Rutland City Public Schools are
in the second year of extensive curriculum development and student
assessment. Ms. Lupo has been an active participant in meetings
associated with curriculum and instruction, and she will be helping
the school district develop a K-12 foreign language curriculum
for the next century. She has taught at Rutland City High School
for three years, and hopes to earn an M.A. in Spanish. She holds
an A.A. from Adirondack Community College, a B.A. from SUNY-Albany,
and an M.A. in English education from SUNY-Albany.

For 1998 fellowship information, contact Professor
Roberto Veguéz, Director of the Language Schools, Middlebury
College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Ph: 802-443-5685; e-mail: Karnes@flannet.middlebury.edu.