Upper School Spanish Teacher and Coordinator of Global Experiences, Amy Bonnici, selected as one of approximately 71 U.S. citizens to study and travel abroad through the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected based on academic and professional achievement, record of service, and demonstrated leadership potential. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S government created to increase mutual understanding and build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
In 2004, Bonnici participated as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in San Felipe, Chile, experiencing first-hand the program’s positive impact. She says, now more than ever, real-world experiences are vital for students.
“I am so grateful to be part of the Fulbright family again,” says Bonnici. “During the program course work, I will create opportunities for Wheeler’s N-12 teachers to connect students virtually with schools, institutions, and communities worldwide. Now more than ever, these real-world experiences are vital in gaining diverse cultural perspectives, improving communication skills, and improving relationship-building skills, self-awareness, and empathy. Global education can easily be integrated as the lens to teach any content and at any age. Learning from and within the world helps to not only students’ academic achievements but also helps expand their social-emotional health.”
Bonnici is the Coordinator of Global Experiences at Wheeler and, as part of The Wheeler Strategic Design for 2023 — Within and a Part of the World, has increased curricula and expeditionary opportunities to further engage local, national and global dilemmas and communities.