District Five educator selected for immersive national fellowship

Lexington-Richland School District Five teacher Peter Lauzon is one of 50 public school educators from 45 states who will participate in the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Global Learning Fellowship next year.

Lauzon teaches Biomedical Sciences at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies and has been teaching for 35 years. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to learn more about a global perspective so I, in turn, can help prepare our students for the careers and opportunities of the new century,” Lauzon said.

The 2023 fellows represent the depth and breadth of the teaching profession in urban, rural, and suburban communities. They work at elementary, middle and high schools and teach across a wide array of subjects including visual and performing arts, English as a second language, social studies, special education, and science. A third of the fellows are teachers of color. The diversity of this cohort provides a tremendous opportunity for the group to learn from each other.

“The NEA Foundation is proud to support educators across the country who recognize the importance of helping students develop the knowledge and dispositions to understand the world and their capacity to influence it. By cultivating global competency, these educators are preparing students to thrive in an increasingly interconnected global world. We are honored to support these exceptional educators in their continued professional learning and growth,” said Sara A. Sneed, President and CEO of The NEA Foundation. “For more than a decade, this fellowship has had a powerful influence on classrooms, schools, and communities. We look forward to a rich year ahead.”

Beginning this fall, The NEA Foundation staff, partners, and program alumni will support the fellows over the next year as they immerse themselves in online coursework, webinars, reading and reflection. The fellows will participate in a two-day professional development conference in October and a ten-day international field study to South Africa next summer. The field study brings the cohort together as they investigate the historical and cultural context of the country they visit and learn about its education system through meetings with policymakers, business, and nonprofit leaders, as well as visits to schools to meet teachers, students and administrators.

The fellows will conclude their fellowship with a project that enables their learning to be shared more broadly with educators beyond the program.

Get to know all of the 2023 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows by visiting neafoundation.org.

The NEA Foundation will begin accepting applications for the 2024 Global Learning Fellowship this fall.

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