Originally from Red Wing, Minnesota, I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Spanish Education. During my time at UW-Eau Claire I played quarterback on the Blugold football team, participated in Athletes in Action, worked as an ESL tutor for students within the University’s Intensive English Program, and volunteered as a tutor for English Learners in The School District of Altoona.

In addition, I had the opportunity to go abroad twice during my years as a Blugold. I studied abroad in Costa Rica (Summer, 2015) and participated in an International Fellows Research project orchestrated by Dr. Eric Torres in Perú (Summer, 2016).

While the majority of the posts on this website will keep you informed about my journey as a Fulbrighter in Uruguay, I have accumulated quite a collection of photos and stories from my adventures in Latin America, so if you’d like to learn more about my other experiences, please click the links below.

Costa Rica


Thank you for your interest in my travels! The fact that you are reading this likely means you either care about me or care to learn about what I am doing, and that means a lot to me! I appreciate the support very much.

The opportunity to be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant was made possible thanks the hard work, passion, dedication, and love of many individuals. I am grateful for the overwhelming support I have received. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, comments, and travel inquiries; I would love nothing more than to share about what I have experienced.

Note: This is not an official Fulbright Program website. The views expressed on this site are entirely that of its author and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State, or any of its partner organizations.


News Releases: 

Role Model for Everybody
January 14th, 2017 | Taylor Nachtigal | Rochester Post Bulletin

RWHS Alumnus Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
December 26th, 2016 | Samantha Bengs | Red Wing Republican Eagle

33rd Blugold Fulbright Winner to Teach in Uruguay
December 6th, 2016 | Denise Olson | UWEC

Blugolds Football: Newman’s teaching passions made him see the big picture
November 14th, 2015 | Nick Erickson | Leader-Telegram