Adam Garnick ’17
Adam Garnick has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to teach next year in Budapest, Hungary. Garnick earned a Master of Education degree in May from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU.
A native of Philadelphia, Garnick is an eighth-grade history teacher at Dallas’ E.H. Cary Middle School and a member of the Teach for America program. In Hungary, he will be teaching English with a focus on academic writing at Budapest Metropolitan University.
“My teaching along with my courses at SMU have provided a great foundation for what’s next,” Garnick says. “I feel prepared to teach at a university. I’m going to take the strategies I’ve learned in teaching English language learners to Budapest.”
At Simmons, Garnick conducted research on the “flipped classroom” as part of a technology and discourse course taught by Dara Rossi, clinical associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. In a flipped classroom, students use classroom time for exploratory and collaborative work and watch video lectures at home to prepare. “It’s a strategy I’ve been able to use in my classroom,” Garnick says. “I’m convinced it’s the future of education.”
Rossi says it was no surprise to her that Garnick had received a Fulbright award. “Adam’s personal commitment and effort to not only research but then also utilize best classroom practices has better prepared him to teach, and more importantly, positively impacted his students.”
Garnick says his professors’ support has had an impact. “Teaching takes time to develop. The encouragement you receive from the professors at Simmons is incredibly important. It’s what young teachers need the most. I’ve loved my two years in Dallas, and now I feel ready to teach at the next level.”