Gretchan Davenport Receives Fulbright Award


PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Gretchan Davenport of St. Lucie West K-8 School (SLWK8) has been offered a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. She is one of approximately 76 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the program in 2018-2019. Ms. Davenport was selected by the program’s leaders on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

We are so proud of her accomplishment and not at all surprised that others value her teaching and leadership qualities as well,” said SLWK8 Principal Eldrique Gardner. “As a middle grades math and Algebra teacher and team leader, who has been recognized as a High Impact Teacher by the FLDOE, she is dynamic and innovative in her approach to teaching. Our students admire and respect her,” he added.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

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Author: Lydia Martin

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