Recent graduates chosen for international teaching posts
DANVILLE, KY - Four Centre College students have been chosen for teaching assistantships in France for the coming year, based on their demonstrated skill with French in spoken and written form. Nute Bonner of Lexington, John Goodman of Mobile, Ala.; Brad Herre of Louisville; and Amanda McCracken of Fairfield, Ohio, were selected for the program. All graduated from Centre this year.
The four students will spend part of the coming year teaching English to students in French schools. They will receive a salary from the French Ministry of Education. They were chosen for the program through a competitive application process sponsored by the French Cultural Service in New York.
Goodman was additionally chosen for a Fulbright Scholarship and, through a special arrangement with the French government, will combine the two awards in a teaching appointment in Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean. The other students will have teaching assignments in France.
Bonner majored in international relations at Centre and spent a term of study at the college's residential program in Strasbourg, France. He was chosen as a senior speaker for the Honors Convocation this year.
Goodman majored in French and history, earning honors including Phi Beta Kappa and the Welsh Valedictorian Prize. He completed an internship at the Jimmy Carter Center and received the McBride French Prize.
Herre majored in French, and he completed terms of study at Centre's residential programs in Strasbourg and in Merida, Mexico. He earned academic honors including dean's list.
McCracken majored in English and completed a term of study in Strasbourg. She won numerous athletic honors including the Briscoe Inman Memorial Award and all-region in cross country. She set a school record in track on the 1600m relay team.
Goodman says the students give credit to the excellent instruction provided
in Centre's French program. "The professors really pushed us to speak
French in class and out of class," he says. "Dr. Keffer, for example,
will never speak English with you. Period. He makes French less of a foreign
language and more of an everyday thing."
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