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Her passions are teaching, traveling

Recent grad heads to Bulgaria on grant

  • Montana Rogers of Dublin was selected for a Fullbright Scholarship to teach English as a teaching assistant abroad in Bulgaria in the coming school year.
  • Montana Rogers of Dublin was selected for a Fullbright Scholarship to teach English as a teaching assistant abroad in Bulgaria in the coming school year.

At the age of 22, freshly graduated with degree in hand, Montana Rogers of Dublin is ready to strike out on her next big adventure — and it will take her halfway around the world.

On Friday, Rogers will be boarding a plane in the United States. On Saturday, she will touch down in Bulgaria, where she will spend the next nine months as a teaching assistant, helping high school-aged children learn English, with the assistance of a federal Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant.

While attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Rogers got her first taste of travel abroad during a semester studying in Cork, Ireland. That’s also where she first got bit by the teaching bug, she said in an interview Tuesday. While there, she assisted with tutoring at one of the local schools, and by the time she returned to New Hampshire she had acquired a taste for both teaching and travel. When she was poised to graduate from Wheaton, she applied for the Fulbright to teach in Bulgaria. Fulbright scholars can travel all over the world, but Rogers, who graduated with a degree in creative writing and music, said Bulgaria’s rich traditional music heritage attracted her, as did the opportunity to see Eastern Europe.

“I’m really excited to be in a new place and to work with students,” said Rogers. “I like interacting with people in different places. I want to see everywhere.”

Rogers will be assisting in the Bulgarian town of Vratsa, working in the Joan Ekzarh Foreign Language School. Rogers said she’ll be taking advice from other Fulbright scholars, and centering her lessons around various states and some holidays, particularly Halloween, which isn’t celebrated in Bulgaria but has been a big hit with the children there in the past. She’d also like to use her writing background to encourage students in various types of writing. She will be bringing along photos of United States cities as teaching tools — but they could also easily be used to spark inspiration for writing prompts, too, she noted.

Rogers will be bringing little pieces of home with her to share with the children she’ll be teaching, including some local maple syrup and books in English donated by the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough.

Rogers will begin orientation for her new job in September, and will officially begin in her assisting role in mid-September. She will remain in Bulgaria until June. At that point, she said, she may do some traveling before returning home to the states.

Reporter Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 244.

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