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James Hahn (2008-09 Spain, English Teaching Assistantship)
B.A. in Spanish and mathematics secondary education. Jim studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain while at UW-Eau Claire.

Experiences since Fulbright: My Fulbright year has completely influenced where I am today - it was one of the best years of my life. After completing my Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Madrid in July 2009, I returned to Wisconsin and taught high school mathematics for four years at Sauk Prairie High School. During that time, I partnered with the Spanish department at my school and helped to coordinate a trip to Spain for a group of Sauk Prairie students to the school that I had worked at in Madrid as a Fulbrighter. Basically, my Wisconsin students were pen pals with my Madrid students and they got to meet in person in Madrid! It was a fantastic blending of my two "worlds." 

After four years of teaching, I earned my master's degree in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. I chose this program to help me transition into the field of international educational development. This choice to enter this side of education was heavily influenced by my Fulbright year and my desire to combine my passions for education and international work. 

I recently completed my first year working as a Program Officer at an international development company in Washington, DC, called FHI 360, which implements development projects throughout the world in education, health, and civil society. I work in the Global Education department, and the main project I work on is helping to strengthen secondary education (7th-9th grades) in El Salvador. The work has allowed me to blend my passions for secondary education, international service, and Spanish and involves working with school principals and the Salvadoran Ministry of Education. 

So, that's a brief snapshot of what I've been up to since my Fulbright experience. I am extremely grateful to the incredible support I received from Cheryl and UWEC with my Fulbright application, and I know I wouldn't be where I am today without the Fulbright experience.