SESP's Martha Mulligan, Weronika Wasilewski Receive Fulbrights

SESP's Martha Mulligan, Weronika Wasilewski Receive Fulbrights

SESP adjunct instructor Martha Mulligan and SESP senior Weronika Wasilewski received Fulbright fellowships for the upcoming academic year. Mulligan will teach in Singapore, and Wasilewski will teach at a university in Poland.

Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. The intent of the Fulbright scholarship program, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is to foster leadership and build understanding between scholars in the United States and other cultures. 

Martha MulliganMartha Mulligan
Mulligan, an adjunct faculty member in the SESP Master of Science in Education Program, is a department chair and mathematics teacher at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago. She is one of approximately 45 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2016-2017. “I applied for the Fulbright to go to Singapore so that I could learn more about the teaching and learning of algebra in Singapore schools,” she says, noting that Singapore has consistently done very well on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), a test given to students in several countries every four years.

For the coming academic year, Mulligan will be assigned to a school in Singapore and will also do course work at a local university. She is also hoping to apply for additional grants for professional development while in Singapore.

Mulligan has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2004 and was National Evaluator Certified in 2014. As a “framework specialist” in Chicago Public Schools, she works with a district-wide cohort of teachers to advance teaching and learning through the creation and dissemination of effective teaching strategies aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching. 

During the 2009-10 academic year, she was the Teacher-in-Residence at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. In 2007, Mulligan received a DRIVE (Delivering Results through Innovation and Visionary Education) award, chosen as one of 26 outstanding teachers out of 26,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers. 

Weronika WasilewskiWeronika Wasilewski
Weronika Wasilewski, a learning an organizational change major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to teach at a university in Poland, and she will work on an independent project of interest to her as well. After her Fulbright year, she will start a job in consulting at Huron.

She applied for a Fulbright ETA Grant because it blended her love for education with her fascination with Polish culture. “My interest in education was solidified when I heard Rita Pierson say in her TED Talk, ‘Every kid needs a champion.’ I want to be the champion for other students as my teachers were for me,” she notes.

Wasilewski’s teaching experience began in high school, when she tutored students in mathematics and served as a teaching assistant for an AP calculus class, creating lesson plans, grading tests and holding office hours. She continued teaching in college as an English Language Acquisition tutor at Centro Romero, an organization that hosts programs for refugees, and as a TA for Intermediate Polish at Northwestern. “Fulbright ETA gives me the opportunity to continue my love for teaching, but in an entirely new setting,” she notes.

As a daughter of Polish immigrants, Wasilewski often heard about her parents’ experiences in Poland, and she developed a yearning to experience Poland for herself. “Most of what I know about Poland, I know from my family. Traveling there on my own would allow me to fully immerse myself in the Polish culture and interact with the Polish community in a way I haven’t had the chance to thus far — as a working graduate,” she explains.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/16/16