#MizzouMade Kelley Fowler

Kelley Fowler, BS Ed Special Education, University of Missouri College of Education
Kelley Fowler, BS Ed Special Education

Graduating senior Kelley Fowler has turned her international educational experience into a prestigious Fulbright teaching assistantship in Taiwan.

Fowler is a special education major from Illinois who taught for six weeks in India as part of the programming from the College’s Office of Global Engagement. While in India, her cohort visited a Fulbright center, and Fowler decided then that she was going to apply for the award, calling it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Kelley Fowler, BS Ed Special Education, University of Missouri College of Education, Teach Abroad in India Program

The Mizzou Fellowship office helped her with the process, and Fowler has been awarded a 2020-2021 English teaching assistantship in New Taipei City. There she will teach English and act as a cultural ambassador for the United States, while also learning about Taiwanese culture and how they educate students with disabilities. All transportation and living costs are covered, as well as a stipend.

COVID-19 has delayed the start of her assistantship, but Fowler is confident that Tiawan’s response to the pandemic will allow her to begin in January.  She has deferred a fall 2021 acceptance to Vanderbilt, where she planned to pursue a master’s degree in severe disabilities.

“One of the reasons I chose Taiwan is because they’ve recently passed a lot of laws to make their schools more inclusive of students with disabilities,” Fowler said. “I’m really passionate people with disabilities and severe disabilities, and I hope to come back and continue to work in the field. I know this experience will inform my teaching when I come back.”