Alexa Price ’13 receives Fulbright grant to teach English in Bulgaria

Alexa Price ’13 recently received a Fulbright grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Price’s grant continues a tradition of Centre College being a top producer of Fulbright scholars, with 48 Fulbright winners all over the world and 14 Fulbright-recommended English Teaching Assistants in France since 1991.

Price (above, left), who is from Lexington, Ky., will be an English teaching assistant at a secondary school in Silistra, Bulgaria, “a small city along the Danube River,” as she describes it. She will teach there during the 2016-17 academic year.

The Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. government, is a competitive and prestigious international exchange program that gives a select group of Americans the opportunity to teach, research and advise others abroad. Price will be one of 1,900 Fulbrights—including fellow alumna Jeri Howell ’16—working across the world in 2016-17.

While Price is not an expert in the Bulgarian language, she welcomes the opportunity to learn and teach others.

“The Fulbright program provides resources for language acquisition,” she says. “I am excited for the challenge of learning a new language and alphabet.”

Price is no stranger to teaching English as a second language or living abroad. An international studies major at Centre, Price taught English in Ecuador and then in Costa Rica after graduating.

“My previous experiences teaching English provided a unique window into my students’ culture and lives, and I am looking forward to learning about Bulgaria by connecting with my students,” she says.

Since teaching English in Latin America, Price has been an international admissions coordinator for Truman State University in Missouri, where she travels across the globe to meet with prospective students.

“I recruited throughout Asia, Africa and Europe this spring,” Price says.

Price studied abroad an impressive three times while at Centre and says that these experiences played an important role in preparing her for her upcoming Fulbright work.

“I studied in Cameroon with Lori Hartmann-Mahmud during CentreTerm 2011, in Strasbourg with Steve Beaudoin during the fall 2011 semester and in The Holy Land with Tom McCollough during CentreTerm 2013,” Price says.

“My fondest memories as a Centre student come from these experiences, and those times equipped me for many of the professional challenges I have encountered since then. I am grateful to be able to apply what I learned during this new chapter.”

Not only did Price study abroad at Centre, she also completed an internship in Washington, D.C., thanks to a Centre Internship Plus grant.

“I worked at a nonprofit that raises awareness for human trafficking and its surrounding issues, and I fundraised for and volunteered at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic on behalf of the organization,” Price says.

As Price looks forward to her upcoming teaching assignment in Bulgaria, she also looks back on her time at Centre—and the people she met there—as being crucial in her preparation for what lies ahead.

“Behind any accomplishment like this one, there is a vast network of people that contribute to the final outcome,” says Price. “Much of my network comes from Centre, and I am extremely grateful for the continued support of my professors and friends.”

Above: Alexa Price ’13 and a friend smile in front of the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem, where she studied abroad in CentreTerm 2013.

by Elizabeth Trollinger
June 16, 2016