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RYANTAYLOR CANNON, ‘15

received a Fulbright English Teacher Assistantship grant, becoming the

second IU Southeast student after Jazmin Trejo Oliver, ‘16, to earn the

distinction this year.

Cannon, a Louisville native who graduated from IU Southeast with a

bachelor’s degree in French and international studies, will use the grant to

travel to French-speaking Senegal in West Africa. He will work alongside

Senegalese English professors and function as a native speaker reference

and assistant teacher.

Cannon recently returned from teaching English in Lille, France, after

having been accepted last year into TeachingAssistants in France, a highly

competitive French government-sponsored program.

He has volunteered with the Sister Cities Exchange Program, welcoming

and chaperoning French exchange students from Louisville’s sister city,

Montepelier, and worked with Kentucky Refugee Ministries as an ESL

teacher as well as an intern in the legal services department.

“I feel the magic of language learning is that it acts as a key to opening a

door to a new culture, a new way of viewing the world,” Cannon said.

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