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.