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30.09.2014 Meet our new fellows
 

The Anatolia College American Fellows program has been in existence for twenty years but many Anatolians know little about it. When Ms. Eva Varellas Kanellis, Director of US College Counseling Office, took the over the program in 1995, the program consisted of one student from Grinnell College each year. She immediately expanded the program to two Fellows annually and shortly after opened it to American institutions all over the USA. The program serves as a remarkable opportunity for American students who want to live and work in Greece while promoting Anatolia around The United States.  It also provides a wonderful opportunity for Anatolia students to learn more about various educational institutions, towns and cities in the USA, and life itself in our partner country. The Fellow Program was introduced to bring a hands-on approach to reviving the important part of the Anatolia College mission which addresses US-Greek friendship and understanding. 

This fall sees eight recent graduates from colleges and universities all over the United States in various positions throughout the school.

Morgan Bissett-Tessier, 22, grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and just graduated from Boston College with a business major and music minor. Morgan is working as The Student Services Fellow, helping to organize all Anatolia’s extracurricular activities, conferences and putting together morning announcements. The fellowship brings Morgan to Thessaloniki for her third time. She has studied two separate semesters at ACT and loves the city. Morgan developed an interest in International Education when working for an organization called World Teach which sends teachers all over the world.

Harrison Craig, 23, was raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts and graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a major in International Affairs. This is not Harrison’s first time living in Thessaloniki either; he studied at ACT in 2009 when the school’s partnership with Northeastern was just beginning. Harrison will be The Service Learning Fellow, working to bring a volunteer component to Anatolia’s curriculum and to “expand Anatolia’s volunteer-based partnerships and encourage students to participate in service work.” Harrison will also work with the Service Learning Club and Peace Jam, a global campaign designed to inspire youth activism.

Casey Griffin, 22, is from Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio with a double major in American Studies and Drama. She is working as the College Counseling Fellow helping students apply to schools and summer programs in the United States. She works with students on their application essays, their interview skills and generally provides support throughout the process. She will also be working with The President on special projects. Casey focused her studies on alternative pedagogies and taught classes to other college students during her final year. Casey has never lived outside the United States before and is thrilled to have this opportunity.

Sean Hildebrand, 23, is from Indianapolis, Indiana and just graduated from Wabash College with a major in English Literature. Sean is working in the dorms at the Resident Advisor Fellow, helping students with “anything and everything they need” in their academic or personal lives. During the day, Sean will be working with The Community Service Club, first form Forensics, and The American Sports Club. He has worked as a camp counselor for many years and has worked with students to help figure out their life goals and career prospects. Sean played American football and ran track in college and looks forward to playing these or any other sport with the students.

Amy Kenney, 23, is from Burlington, Connecticut and graduated in 2013 from Elon University in North Carolina with a double major in French and International Studies. She is working as the Elementary Education Fellow, helping out with classes in kindergarten through third grade and teaching various English language lessons. Amy spent the past year teaching English to elementary students in France, an experience that prepared her well for her time at Anatolia. Amy finds the difference in Greek culture refreshing, saying that the school environment is “helpful, supportive and friendly and the Greek people are so welcoming and warm which is a slight change from Paris.”

Sami Rabein, 22, is from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a major in History focusing in modern African history. She is the Student Development Center Research Fellow and works to implement the new international model for school counseling programs. She will research and evaluate Anatolia’s current student services and make recommendations for how to streamline those findings into the model’s standards. Sami will be helping with The Community Service Club and hopes to play violin with drama productions and to restart the orchestra with Ms. Olga Stefa. Sami studied for a semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where she got to know students from all over sub-Saharan Africa.

Rachel Silva, 22, is from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. In December she graduated from Lesley University in Boston with a double major in Special Education and Creative Writing and a minor in psychology. Rachel is working as the School Counseling Fellow, primarily working in the IB presenting study skills, helping students learn metacognitive skills, and provide general academic and emotional support. Rachel comes to Greece fresh from the classroom: she spent the past six months teaching third and fourth grade special education in Wareham, Massachusetts. She has worked with students in Bolivia and Guyana and is very excited to start integrating herself into this community.

Dyeemah Simmons, 22, is from Harlem in New York City and graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a double major in Studio Art and English Literature. She is working as the Art Fellow, helping prepare materials for art classes, creating presentations on the themes and types of art being introduced and helping the IB students with their portfolios and art school applications. Studying art at Oberlin, a liberal arts college, taught Dyeemah to be able to talk about her art and why she creates what she does. She will teach Anatolia students the same communication skills which will make them much more competitive candidates for art schools. Dyeemah works with many mediums but focuses in photography, especially enjoying dark room procedures.

All of the fellows are very happy working and immersing themselves in Greek culture. They are also excited to serve as an American presence on campus and to act as resources for all of Anatolia, particularly to those students hoping to study in The U.S. “By being non-Greek, we are helping students learn to communicate in a cross-cultural manner, a skill that grows ever more important as so much of today’s world is framed in a global context” explains Sami.”  And “for students who see The United States as somewhat out of reach, hopefully we can make it seem a little closer” adds Dyeemah. “Hopefully,” Amy says, “we can share the mentality of ‘I can go wherever I want and I can adapt and adjust and enjoy myself and learn.’”

 
 
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