Provided by Prince William County Schools
Lisa Jacobsmeyer, an ESOL teacher at Henderson Elementary School, has been named as a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. As a Fellow, Jacobsmeyer will spend a year in a peer learning network, enhancing her skills to prepare her students for global citizenship. She will participate in an international field study in South Africa next summer to experience the culture, visit schools, and learn from local educators and policy-makers. Jacobsmeyer was chosen from among 400 applicants. She joins 47 educators from across the nation in the Class of 2019 and more than 250 Global Learning Fellowship alums.
“I am thrilled to be joining a group of dedicated educators from around the country as we become more globally aware and then share that awareness with our students and colleagues,” said Jacobsmeyer. “The Fellowship is an incredible opportunity to build global competency skills as well as share our personal experiences as educators,” she said.
“As a lifelong learner, I am constantly learning new ways to support students and their families,” said Jacobsmeyer. “I have the privilege of attending incredible professional development opportunities, serving as a teacher leader in my building, and teaching graduate level education classes. Each of these experiences enriches my teaching and inspires me to keep learning.”
Jacobsmeyer attended the University of Rochester and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and conceptual foundations of modern medicine. She holds two graduate degrees, a Master of Arts in history of science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s in education and English as a second language from the University of Mary Washington. She earned National Board Certification in 2012. She joined Prince William County Schools as a substitute teacher in 2004 and became a full-time teacher in 2007. Jacobsmeyer has also served as an adjunct professor at University of Mary Washington and at George Mason University.
The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators.