Friday, February 10, 2012

Marti Deyo receives P.E.O. grant

Christine Bradbury, P.E.O. Chapter AW Program Continuing Education co-chairperson, Marti Deyo (center) and P.C.E. recipient, Carla Laws, P.E.O. Chapter AW, President.

Marti Deyo received a P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education grant from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, with sponsoring Chapter AW presenting the grant.  P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families.

Marti graduated with a BA in English from Willamette University in 2004. While at Willamette she was a member of the swim team and Delta Gamma. She volunteered in various organizations and worked at the bookstore and surrounding schools.

She spent the fall semester of her junior year studying in London. While there she spent spare time enjoying Shakespeare plays and visiting European countries.

The spring semester she spent on Semester at Sea - a ship that sailed around the world starting in the Bahamas and venturing to Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, India, Korea, Japan, Alaska, Canada, and ending in Seattle. This was a life-changing experience that got her interested in living abroad and becoming an English teacher.  She has been in 63 countries.

After graduating from Willamette, she was accepted into the JET Program and moved to Japan. She spent five years in three different cities. For three years she was an assistant language teacher and taught elementary to adult learners. The last two years she was a prefectural advisor in charge of welcoming the 121 new JETs to her prefecture (state).

She founded a Peer Helper group and was the founder and editor of the first Aomori Quarterly detailing the events around the prefecture and JET lives.

She returned to the USA in 2009 to travel throughout the States on numerous road trips from coast to coast.

She enrolled in Boise State University in 2010 to get her masters in Early Childhood Studies.  Spring semester of 2012 she received a graduate assistantship, assisting the professors in various capacities including research, lesson plans, and brainstorming.

Marti has applied for both graduate school to get her doctoral degree in academic administration as well as a position with the Department of Defense working with Head Start programs on bases around the world.

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