2014 Fulbright recipients: Clara Maeder

Clara Maeder '14  is a 2014 recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

Clara Maeder ’14 is a 2014 recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

A politics major, Clara Maeder ’14 of Washington, D.C., received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for Mexico.

In Maine and abroad in Chile and Ghana, Maeder has taught English and ecology in a variety of circumstances.

Based on her experiences teaching English to migrant farmworkers in Maine, she plans to use hands-on techniques for teaching in Mexico. She says, “I’ll use English-language learning to assist students in finding answers to questions that puzzle them and to guide students in discovering questions they never considered.”

  • See Maeder’s senior thesis, recently published in the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics (please scroll to page 67): 


Outside the classroom, she expects to be active in the local community through working outdoors, perhaps by organizing environmentally focused field trips or creating educational school or community gardens. “Of the most meaningful cross-cultural connections I have made while living abroad, teaching and volunteering, almost all have involved being outdoors and working together,” she says.

Upon completing her Fulbright experience, Maeder will study education at the graduate level and pursue teaching, ideally in a bilingual secondary school, investigating what students can learn from exploring other languages and cultures. She hopes to move eventually into education administration and policymaking.

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