Bonner Summer Service in France Launched Teaching Career

May 21, 2019 — Emory & Henry College website

This 2009 graduate is grateful to the Bonner Scholars program for the chance to first study abroad.

Lindsay Pulfer Langett  received a grant from the French Embassy in the United States to complete a two-week pedagogical internship at the CAVILAM institute in Vichy, France in July 2019. “I will be taking courses with French teachers from around the world and housed with a French family during this time. The grant covers tuition, food, lodging, and travel.”

In 2018, she was chosen to participate in the Virginia Department of Education’s Superintendent’s Partner School Leaders’ Site Visit in France. She was one of only four chosen for this competitive scholarship opportunity from among more than 20 applicants from licensed French teachers across Virginia. She was flown to and lodged in Paris for a variety of professional development opportunities in Reims and Paris coordinated by the French Ministry of Education. Lindsay teaches French at Jefferson-Forest High School in Bedford County, teaching French II, III, IV and AP classes “while advocating for the cultural importance of language study in a secondary language.” 

She was a Bonner Scholar at E&H, and studied abroad at Universite Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille III.  Lindsey received her master’s degree (M.Ed.)  at the University of Lynchburg in Educational Leadership in the spring of 2017.

“My experience at Emory & Henry, especially as a Bonner scholar, prepared me for my future career and adult life. Volunteering taught me the importance of interacting with the community.  With the assistance of Bonner, I was able to go to France for the first time the summer after my Freshman year to do volunteer work. This opened my eyes to international travel and led me toward study abroad. When I was ready to take on that adventure, administration permitted me to personalize my own experience by allowing me to choose my own study abroad program and provided me with the accommodations that I needed. Upon returning to campus, my education classes and student teaching experience were instrumental in preparing me for my career. I am forever grateful for Emory & Henry!”