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  • Courtesy Shushan Richardson, a 2016 Huntington University graduate, uses a vowel sound dominoes game to teach pronunciation during a monthly English teacher's roundtable event hosted by the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China.

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Monday, December 25, 2017 1:00 am

Education Notebook

Huntington grad taking English to world

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Shushan Richardson didn't know much Chinese when she began a 10-month stint there this fall, but that's OK – she's there to train English teachers.

The 2016 Huntington University graduate is spending the year at South China Normal University as part of the 2017-18 English Language Fellow Program. The U.S. Department of State selected 140 U.S. citizens for the opportunity, the university recently announced.

The program is the “premier opportunity” for TESOL professionals to affect how English is taught abroad by working with local teachers, students and educators, according to its website.

Richardson earned a master's in education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL.

“God has opened doors for me, and the fellow program is an amazing opportunity that will enable me to serve him in new ways, but I would not have been qualified for the opportunities without the training that I received at HU,” Richardson said in a statement.

Shoshannah Hernandez of the university called Richardson's participation in the prestigious program “a great demonstration of what some of our graduates are doing that have come through our TESOL certification program.”

Hernandez is the director of the Institute for TESOL Studies. Graduates currently work in about 15 countries, she said, and many stay in the United States to work in educational settings.

She wasn't surprised Richardson was chosen as a fellow.

“I think it's a testament to Shushan, and her ability as well,” Hernandez said, noting the alumna has lived in a few countries.

Richardson didn't know much Chinese, but that's a challenge students are prepared for, Hernandez said. They talk about communication techniques that can be used when there isn't a common language.

“We give them a lot of opportunity to get practice,” she said.

Hernandez said it is an honor to have a TESOL graduate serve in the prestigious program.

“Teachers of English are often viewed as ambassadors of their cultures, countries, language, and more,” Hernandez said. “This opportunity puts Shushan in an official role as a representative of our country and our university. We are proud to have her represent us through teaching English and training other teachers during this year as a fellow.” 


• The Indiana Association of School Principals invited each high school to recognize up to four 11th-graders as Rising Stars of Indiana. Northeast Indiana honorees include the following: Eric Cockroft, Annie Delgadillo, Mason Gaerte and Bailey Pelliccia of Angola High School; Isabel Knight, Angela Ly, Tavehon McGarry, Christopher Wilkins of Bishop Dwenger High School; Corbyn Fry, Claire Murray, Abigail Redick and Ava Ringger of Bluffton High School; Benjamin Elliott, Amanda Martinez Moreno, Priyanka Meesa and Samuel Witwer of Canterbury School; Thaddaeus Foster, Cole Knox, Alyson Robinson and Anna Stayner of Central Noble Junior-Senior High School; Rachel Jacquay, Brooklynn Kelley, Katelynn Shambaugh and Jamie Zeigler of Churubusco Junior-Senior High School; Lindsay Bennett, Kathryn Castens, Caleb Martin and Caitlin McGaffick of Concordia Lutheran High School; Devin Dillingham, Jennifer Doughman, Samantha Pflueger and Cassandra Trumbower of East Allen University; Michael Bender, Grace Frazier, Kaylah Logan and Hailey Meyer of East Noble High School; Libbey Detcher, Reese Furnish, Allyssa Richie and Sydney Weaver of Garrett High School; Ashley Federoff, Lumyah Habib, Vanessa Popescu and Abigail Smith of Homestead High School; Emma Bickel, Jared Haneline, Katelyn Olinger and Brock Spahr of Huntington North High School; Elijah Detmers, Nathan Fuchs, Anthony Harding and Taylor Schleinkofer of Leo Junior-Senior High School; Sidney Armstrong, Jia DeLong, Rebecca Lancaster and Kyi Naing of New Haven High School; Bailey Perry, Aidan Redmond, Elizabeth Roberts and Sophie Steele of North Side High School; Jordan Archambault, Matthew Decker, Kassidy Puterbaugh and Elizabeth Schmidt of Norwell High School; Kylee Bixler, Kayla LeFever, Sam Walsh and Shayla Welch of South Adams High School; Anthony Bass, Jarett Orr, Madelyn Ray and William Robison of Warsaw Community High School; Megan Godfrey, BreAnna Hunter, Lydia Lowe and Stacey Marmolejo of West Noble High School; and Dirk Herschberger, Kayla Menshy, Logan Salzbrenner and Jack Stuckey of Woodlan Junior-Senior High School.

• Indiana Tech's intercollegiate cyber defense team, the Cyber Warriors, ended the National Cyber League fall 2017 season 17th overall. The following team members ranked in the top 20 overall: Chandler Dodenhoff, 11th; Ethan Anderson, 12th; Matt Billeck, 13th; and Rob Dukarski, 16th. Their competition included more than 250 colleges and universities nationwide, such as Stanford, Indiana, Purdue and Texas. More than 3,400 students compete nationwide.

Bruce Kingsbury has been chosen to receive the IPFW 2017-18 Outstanding Research Award. A lecture and reception are being planned for the spring. He is a biology professor, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Environmental Resources Center. His areas of research include wildlife ecology, behavior and conservation.

Ivy Tech

• Express enrollment week is set for Jan. 2 to 6 at Ivy Tech Community College. Ivy Tech representatives will help students complete enrollment steps for the spring semester, such as registering for classes. Go to for hours and to RSVP. Ivy Tech will be closed for winter recess through Jan. 1.


• During winter break, East Allen County Schools' Administration Building will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Normal business hours will resume at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 3, with students returning Jan. 4.


• Applications are due March 1 for the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity, which assists traditionally underrepresented groups in pursuing legal careers. Go to for an application. Contact Director Ashley Rozier at for more information.

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