SESP Alumni Selected as Global Teacher Fellows

SESP Alumni Selected as Global Teacher Fellows

Leadership in global teaching is the goal for Brian Hurley (MS10), Faisal Mohyuddin (MS03) and Hina Patel (MS06) — all graduates of SESP’s Master of Science in Education program — who were selected as 2014-15 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellows by the U.S. Department of State. This year the three teachers are taking part in international field experiences in Republic of Georgia, Uganda and Morocco, respectively.

Brian Hurley

The Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program offers yearlong professional development for U.S. elementary, middle school and high school teachers to help them become leaders in global education. The program, administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board, includes an international field experience for each fellow.

“The goal is for us to bring an enriched international perspective into our classrooms, schools and communities, in order to help our students become global citizens well-versed in a range of “21st century skills,” says Mohyuddin, who will be heading to Uganda in April.

In March, Patel left for Morocco and Hurley went to the Republic of Georgia. In addition to participating in an international field experience, TGC Fellows also take an online course on global education and participate in a global education symposium in Washington, D.C.  

Hurley, Mohyuddin and Patel met in February as global teacher fellows at the symposium in Washington. “Not only did we forge a strong bond given our involvement in this program, but we also reflected on just how important our time in the MSEd Program was in preparing us for this fellowship. We also have talked about continuing to work collaboratively to keep advancing our work (and that of fellow educators) in global education,” says Mohyuddin.

Faisal Mohyuddin

Hurley is a science teacher at Reavis High School in Burbank, Illinois, who has been teaching secondary science for seven years and currently teaches mainly juniors. A practitioner of action research, he has worked on several studies while occasionally teaching action research to education graduate students at Northwestern. Hurley says he wanted to participate in TGC to “learn how to bring a global awareness to science learners” and “serve as a global education professional development leader,” as well as to improve his practice based on lessons learned from his international field experience. Hurley's blog from Georgia is at

Mohyuddin has taught English at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois, since 2003, where he has worked primarily with juniors and seniors of all ability levels. He has co-developed courses, participated in curriculum redesign, earned teaching awards from Microsoft and twice been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities summer teaching fellow. His poetry and fiction have published, and he recently received Prairie Schooner’s 2015 Edward Stanley Award for his poetry. Through the TGC Program, he hopes to “learn how to better help his students and school achieve a more informed, more authentic level of global awareness — and to use this awareness to enrich the ongoing efforts to break down cultural, racial, linguistic, and socioeconomic barriers.”

Hina Patel

Patel has been teaching chemistry at West Leyden High School in Northlake, Illinois, for eight years, where she teaches mainly sophomores and juniors. She is the sponsor of outdoor adventure club, which promotes nature and outdoor activities. She is also a class sponsor and a freshman ACCESS advisor, serving a class of about 20 freshmen at the end of the school day. Until last year, she coached boys’ and girls’ volleyball. Her primary objective for participating in TGC is “to learn about educational systems in other countries, to better prepare students for the globalized workforce they will enter, and to implement strategies to make her classrooms and school community more globalized.” Patel is blogging from Morocco at

Photos (from top): Brian Hurley (MS10), Faisal Mohyuddin (MS03) and Hina Patel (MS06, in red shirt) were named Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellows.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/13/16