Adult Ed teacher selected for Department of State fellowship

Cathy Tade

From the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Cathy Tade Dearborn Schools Adult Education Teacher for a 10-month fellowship project in Thailand. Tade will be teaching English at Chiang Rai Rajabhat University and will be presenting professional development teacher trainings throughout Thailand. Tade is one of only 200 U.S. citizens selected for the 2023-2024 English Language Fellow Program.  

Tade earned her B.A. in Secondary Education English from Clemson University and her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from California State University, Sacramento. Also, recently, Tade completed the Writing for Interactive Media Program at Purdue University Northwest. She has extensive experience teaching English as a Second Language at the secondary and post-secondary level and is currently teaching Adult ESL and Citizenship classes for Dearborn Public Schools. In 2022, Tade was named Teacher of the Year for Dearborn Schools Adult Education Division. 

The English Language Fellow connects exceptional American educators to dynamic projects around the world, providing the opportunity to support and enhance English Language Education.  

The English Language Fellow Program is the premier opportunity for experienced teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with funding provided by the U.S. government. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries, Fellows work directly with local teachers, students, and educational professionals to improve the quality of English language instruction offered at prestigious universities and other academic institutions. 

Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program has sent thousands of TESOL scholars and educators abroad to promote English language learning, enhance English teaching capacity, and foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through cultural exchange. On assignment, Fellows teach English, conduct teacher training, develop resources, and organize events and conferences. These projects are challenging and the teachers selected represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to help participants experience different cultures and build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers back home. 

English Language Fellows are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fellow Program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.