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April 15, 2014

CCNY Standout Simone Gordon Wins Fulbright to India

CCNY senior Simone Gordon at the UN. She'll be traveling to India June 29 on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Graduating senior Simone Gordon capped a stellar four years at The City College of New York by receiving a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award. The childhood education major, who graduates May 30 with a 3.9 GPA, will travel to India on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

"I will be teaching English at one of three locations that the Fulbright Program will determine, either Chennai, Kolkata, or Delhi," said Ms. Gordon. "This is a wonderful opportunity for me to grow professionally and personally. Even as I teach I plan to learn about India's education system, about their "best teaching practices" and "teaching methods."

After the Fulbright, she plans to pursue graduate studies focusing on K-12 education policy, with either or curriculum instruction, and then embark on a career as a general education teacher. "I'll also share my Indian experiences and the knowledge I'll garner there with others hoping to encourage them to seek similar travel and learning opportunities, she added.

This is the latest honor for the Jamaican immigrant and Brooklyn resident. She was a Colin Powell Fellow for Leadership and Service (2011-2013); received the Josh and Judy Weston Public Service Scholarship (2012-2013), the Dr. Sidney I. and Eleanor T. Silverman Human Values Award for Outstanding Leadership (2012) and the Lucy Gordon Education Alumni Award (2012). In addition, she was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society in 2012.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

About the Fulbright Scholar Program
Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Fulbright Scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.