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SDCOE Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist Receives Fulbright Specialist Award 

The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Dr. Jennifer Ward of the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award.

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Ward will complete a project at University of Ioannina in Greece that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities within education. At SDCOE, Ward works as a special education teacher in the East County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) where she travels to different schools supporting students who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Recipients of Fulbright Specialist awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field, and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Ward is one of more than 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year. 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. 

In 2019, Ward was named the SDCOE Teacher of the Year and she shared her story of finding a passion for special education while in middle school. She has been an itinerant teacher traveling from school to school to help students at different districts in the East County SELPA since 2015.

Her doctorate is in international and multicultural education with a concentration in human rights. She uses her specialized knowledge to serve the large population of students who are refugees and inform them of their rights as a person with a disability. 

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