Rose Golder-Novick ’07 selected for prestigious U.S. State Department teaching fellowship

Rose Golder-Novick '07 will spend 10 months teaching English in Beijing, China.
Rose Golder-Novick '07 will spend 10 months teaching English in Beijing, China.

Rose Golder-Novick ’07 has been selected for a 10-month fellowship project teaching English to students in Beijing, China. She is one of only 165 U.S. citizens selected for the 2015-16 English Language Fellow Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Golder-Novick has taught for seven years at Manhattan International High School, a public school for international students new to the United States. She teaches English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) and was chosen for the fellowship for her “commitment to the field of English language teaching and learning,” read a release from the U.S. State Department.

Looking to switch gears, Golder-Novick said she applied for the program to travel abroad, something she hadn’t pursued since 2007, shortly after graduating from Connecticut College. At that time, she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study the renewal of the Jewish community in Munich, Germany.

Golder-Novick said that she had no preference for where she traveled, but she is looking forward to the opportunity to try something new in Beijing.

“After seven years of teaching, I felt I had the experience to spread the strategies and best practices I’ve acquired for teaching English as a foreign language. I’ve also always enjoyed exploring other cultures, so the program seemed like a great fit.”

Golder-Novick majored in religious studies at Connecticut College, while also studying German. While she never anticipated becoming a teacher, she recognized that her experience at the College prepared her with the skills to succeed in any profession.

“I learned to be ready for the unexpected and to adapt quickly to changes. I learned that motivation and hard work can really pay off,” Golder-Novick said. “Conn expanded my mind and my perspective of the world, and I’ll take the skills I’ve learned all the way to China.”

September 14, 2015