Blue Springs leader named The NEA Foundation's Global Learning Fellow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NEA Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators, names Blue Springs NEA president, Ashleigh Bertrand, a high school teacher at Blue Springs South High School as one of The NEA Foundation's 2024 Global Learning Fellows. Bertrand and 47 educators from across the country will participate in a year-long professional learning experience focused on educating and empowering students for global citizenship, culminating in a 10-day field study in Costa Rica

The 2024 fellows represent the diversity of the teaching profession. They educate students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and various subjects including visual and performing arts, English, social studies, special education, and science. The fellows represent rural, suburban, and urban schools. One-third of the fellows are teachers of color. 

The NEA Foundation staff, partners, and program alumni will support the fellows over the next year as they begin their coursework. They will gather in October 2023 for two days for professional development, and continue their correspondence and coursework throughout the year to prepare themselves for the field study summer of 2024. Finally, each class of fellows ends their experience with a capstone project to be shared more broadly with other educators. 

View a listing of all the 2024 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows by visiting

The NEA Foundation will begin accepting applications for the 2025 Global Learning Fellowship in December of 2023.

About The NEA Foundation 
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