Ms. Tagore

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Luisa Rinaudo, Staff Writer

Miss Tagore is one of very few chosen to take part in the Fulbright Scholarship program, which allowed for her transfer to Middletown, New Jersey from Helensburgh, Scotland for a whole school year. Miss Tagore holds an honors degree in Neuroscience from the prestigious University of Glasgow. She qualifies for many subjects in the scientific fields, which allows her to utilize her wide range of knowledge in the classroom. Out of thousands of applicants she joins presidents, gold medalists and writers as one of the Fulbright elite. Miss Tagore was chosen as the Fulbright Scholarship winner because of her devotion, interest and care she directs towards her students to help them reach their full potential. Did I mention she has medals in kickboxing?


Q: How did you feel when you found out you won the scholarship out of thousands of applicants?

A: Absolutely delighted, I was very happy.

Q: What are some differences you see in our culture compared to yours?

A: There are so many differences! The buildings back home were all built in the 1800’s whereas here they are all new. Driving on the other side of the road can be a pain as well. The lack of public transportation is another, you guys have to drive everywhere!

Q: How different is our school compared to the school you teach at in Scotland?

A: Massively different. High School in Scotland starts at eleven years old. There are six years of high school. We finish at age eighteen but we are allowed to leave at sixteen.

Q: Do you like your stay here so far?

A: Yeah, I do a lot. Everyone has been so lovely and welcoming.

Q: Is there something special that we should know about you?

A: I have a Scottish title in kickboxing. I also do martial arts and taekwondo.

Q: What is your favorite activity to do while you are here? What are some of your hobbies?

A: I joined the mixed martial arts club, and I the local softball team.

Q: Do you miss Scotland? What do you miss the most?

A: Yeah, I miss home a lot. I miss not having to drive for hours; there are a lot of nuances. The school system is easier there because I’m used to it.

Q: What will you miss when you leave?

A: The children. I know it has only been a month but they are very lively. It’s the people that make the place.