1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and what were you doing before arriving at THINK Global School?
I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in New York, studied abroad in Madrid, and then set off on a two-year adventure in South America. I taught English in Barranquilla, Colombia and Maceió, Brazil before heading to Austin, Texas to work in international education. Now I’m back on the east coast working on the admissions and travel teams at TGS.
2. What are your favorite aspects of your job?
Having the opportunity to work on a globally-minded team whose mission is to give students access to a unique, once-in-a-lifetime educational (and life) experience. I am excited to see students grow and learn throughout their time at TGS, from the application process to graduation.
3. What aspects of THINK Global School’s educational model do you find most appealing?
I think the Changemaker curriculum provides students with a framework to become lifelong learners. Project-based learning creates an environment for students to develop well-rounded skills in and out of the classroom.
4. If you could make one major change to global education, what would it be?
It would definitely have to be access. Everyone deserves access to a good education.
5. Which of our core values do you feel you most embody, and why?
Meraki (Greek), for sure. I aim to live wholeheartedly and courageously. I pour all of my heart, soul, and creativity into everything I do.
6. What is your most memorable travel experience thus far?
I visited Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in northeastern Brazil. The landscape is surreal: sand dunes that stretch forever dotted with clear blue lagoons. We had the park practically to ourselves which made it feel as though we were on another planet.
7. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d go to Sub-saharan Africa to go on game drives, bush walks, see wildlife, and listen to stories.
8. What is your favorite book and why?
Hands down Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez because it is a timeless story of love with hints of magic. It’s also set in García Márquez’s homeland of Colombia, which evokes a magical feeling you simply have to experience for yourself.