Prairie Village native Dana Huffer earns Fulbright grant to teach in Russia

Dana Huffer
Dana Huffer
Last month, we told you about Amy Cosgrove, the 2011 SM East graduate who will be teaching in Thailand next year on a Fulbright grant.

Turns out she isn’t the only northeast Johnson County native to earn the honor. Prairie Village resident and 2011 Pembroke Hill graduate Dana Huffer will be teaching abroad in Russia next year on a Fulbright grant as well.

Huffer just graduated from The University of the South (better known as Sewanee) this spring, and will be moving to the city of Yelets, with a population of about 100,000, in September. It won’t be Huffer’s first trip to the area. He studied abroad at Saint Petersburg State University during college, and worked as an English teacher in Ryazan last summer.

“Although I’ve been to Russia twice…I have always been fascinated by her culture, history, and peoples,” Huffer said. “Having been given the chance to return and help those who I called my friends, the ordinary Russians one doesn’t hear about in the news, was and still is one of my biggest dreams.”

Huffer will teach in Russia on the Fulbright grant through May 2016.