Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tammy Dunbar
of the Manteca Unified School District has been named one of 76 educators in
the United States to receive the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms
Program grant for 2018-2019.
The announcement was made by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fubright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Reacting to this prestigious award, Dunbar posted in her Facebook page that she is "incredibly thrilled and humbled" to be selected for this honor.
She will not be gone from her classroom at Lincoln School the entire year of the grant. First, she will take a preparatory online graduate level course from September to December and then go to Washington, D.C., for an orientation in February or March 2019. Later in the summer, she will travel either to Asia or Africa — her top two choices — for several weeks to finish the year-long grant. The dates for her trip abroad are still unknown.
The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is described as "a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop skills for preparing students for a competitive global economy." Its goal is to equip "teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration."
A popular presenter at conferences and trainings throughout the United States, Dunbar also teaches Pre-Service Technology at Teachers College of San Joaquin in Stockton. She was the winner of the ISTE 2018 Literacy PLN Award for Cultivate World Literacy and was named 2016 California Woman of the Year for Assembly District 12. Additionally, she is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Fellow, a Master Trainer and Citizenship Certified Educator, a Skype Master Teacher, and a Common Sense Media Digital Certified Educator. She is also the co-author of two successful global projects - The Cultivate World Literacy movement involving 130 schools from 34 countries across six continents, and The Human Differences Project that includes 50 schools from 37 countries.
A former Manteca Unified Teacher of the Year, Dunbar is a district Tech Champion Expert and is a member of the MUSD Superintendent's Technology Committee.
Several years ago, her project at Lincoln School won an eInstruction $75,000 Classroom Makeover Music Video Contest. She also wrote a successful Enhancing Education Through Technology grant of nearly a quarter million dollars for Manteca Unified School District.
A self-described "teacher geek," Dunbar and her husband Mike of 30-plus years, are the parents of Maggie, a Harvard Law School graduate, Class of 2015, who is an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, and William, a Regents Scholar graduate from UC Merced and a USC Sol Price School of Public Policy scholar.