Clayton educator receives Fulbright Fellowship

JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools K-12 social studies coordinator Niomi Henry is one of 12 chosen to participate in a four-week research trip to Malawi, Africa.

She received a Fulbright Fellowship through Mercer University which was awarded an $84,220 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad program.

The grant will fund the research of the participating practicing teachers and two administrators who are either enrolled at Mercer or are serving in metro-Atlanta area school districts.

The participants will collect data for use in integrating environmental awareness and cultural competency and then integrate the data into their area studies curricula for their classrooms.

“The project is entitled ‘The Interaction of Environment and Culture in Malawi,’” said Henry. “There are two outcomes for all participants, we plan to incorporate the knowledge gained and artifacts collected into the curriculum and to establish long-term relationships with Malawian educators.”

Henry said her goal was to design a case study and service-learning project for seventh grade.

Fulbright participants are expected to establish an ongoing collaborative online exchange program with Malawian educators.

Dr. Hani Khoury is professor and chair of the department of mathematics, science and informatics in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

“The funding will provide Mercer students with a wonderful opportunity to learn about how to integrate environmental science awareness with the process of education,” said Khoury.