Patrick Leue '06
Patrick Leue originally applied for a Fulbright to Uruguay. However, when the institution decided to award him the fellowship to Venezuela instead, he was equally thrilled.
“I’ve actually been studying a lot about Venezuela this year,” Leue explained. “I think it is probably the most fascinating country in South America in terms of politics.”
Leue became interested in teaching while in middle school when he tutored kindergartners in literacy acquisition. He said he believes that his most rewarding and challenging teaching experiences occurred during Professor of the History of Ideas Barry Sanders’ “Teaching in the Prisons” program at Pitzer. The program used education as a primary vessel to facilitate social change and involved Pitzer students teaching prison inmates.
“Barry has been the most influential professor for me in terms of ideology and how education works,” Leue said. “Also, Professors of Spanish Ethel Jorge and Martha Barcenas helped me so much in learning the language, and became dear friends to me.”
A double major in psychology and International/Intercultural Studies, Leue said he would like to continue teaching internationally after he completes his assistantship.
“I am sad to leave all the amazing people at Pitzer,” Leue said. “But I really do feel that I have gotten everything I could have out of my time here at Pitzer.”
Blair McGregor '06
Blair McGregor is not your typical college student. After spending four years in the military, he took five classes per semester and worked full time to put himself through Pitzer. Teaching English in South Korea is a just reward for all of his hard work.
McGregor chose Korea because it was a country that he had visited briefly in the military and wished to learn more about.
Last summer, McGregor traveled to China and Russia with Professor of Environmental Studies Melinda Herrold-Menzies. While in Russia, McGregor spent time working at an English Language Immersion camp in Muraviovka Park.
“I still correspond with some of my students from when I was teaching in Russia,” McGregor said. “Professor Herrold-Menzies has greatly influenced my time at Pitzer. She is a tremendous resource for advice.”
McGregor majored in International/ Intercultural Studies with an emphasis on Asia. He plans to pursue a law degree focusing on international law after his time in Korea.
“I grew up in Arizona, but I completed my last years of high school here in Claremont,” McGregor explained. “When my father was alive, he wanted me to attend one of the Claremont Colleges. I knew Pitzer would make me a better person because of the kind of college it is. And it has.”