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Former Lancaster School teacher named Fulbright-Nehru Scholar

August 12, 2010
DARTMOUTH, Mass. — A former Lancaster School teacher, Maureen Hall, has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar grant.

Dr. Hall, now an associate professor of education at UMass Dartmouth's School of Education, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement (SEPPCE), taught at the Lancaster School from 1988 to 1993.

Dr. Hall will travel to India during the 2010-2011 academic year to conduct research on the Super Accelerated Learning Theory (SALT). This work grows out of her collaborative efforts with UMass Dartmouth's Center for India Studies.

While in India, Dr. Hall will be affiliated with both the University of Allahabad and with Kuruom Vidyalaya, a school in rural India founded by Dr. Bal Ram Singh of UMass Dartmouth where elements of the SALT model will be introduced for teaching and learning.

"I am so looking forward to my Fulbright experience in India," Dr. Hall said in a press release. "I see myself as a sentry whose role is to bring American ideas to India and gather new ideas from India, helping to create fresh and synergistic views and approaches for improving teaching and learning. This opportunity will certainly impact my classroom teaching and scholarship when I return from India. I look forward to sharing my experiences with my UMass Dartmouth students and community members."

Reached on Friday morning at her seasonal home in Maidstone, retired longtime Lancaster School kindergarten teacher Marna Ingerson said she was not surprised to learn of Dr. Hall's latest achievement.

Ms. Hall was a live-wire teacher, she recalled, calling her both "very dedicated and ambitious." She was forthright in expressing her opinions in the teachers' room and at faculty meetings, always guided by her well-thought-out principles and beliefs, Ms. Ingerson said admiringly.

She knew Dr. Hall's parents particularly well, Ms. Ingerson explained, since their summer cottage at Maidstone Lake was next to the one that she and her husband Alan own.

Maureen Hall was the youngest daughter of the late Patricia Anne (Gormley) Hall, who died in 2009, and Ruel Hall, who now lives at the Northeast Kingdom's Big Averill Lake. Dr. Hall's mother grew up in Lancaster and her father, in Groveton. Dr. Hall grew up in Groton, Mass., but her family treasured their North Country roots.

She noted in an email exchange that her niece, Krista Hall Gulbransen, is now in India, the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for 2009-2010.

According to a biography posted on the UMass Dartmouth website, Dr. Hall earned her B.A. in 1988 in English at UMass Amherst. She earned her first Master's degree in English in 1990 at Keene State, and her second Master's degree in English plus American Studies in 1999 at the University of Virginia. She also earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction, English education, in 2003 at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Hall is one of approximately 1,500 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad in 2010-2011 through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs every year. For more information on these programs, go to http://fulbright.state.gov.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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