Teachers Make Most of Summer Break

History teacher and sophomore dean Grady Stevens admires the scenery in Ireland. Photo: Grady Stevens

Many teachers traveled outside the country on personal and ICGL study tours over the summer. Some went  in search of professional development or a deeper understanding of their subject. Among many other teachers history teachers Grady Stevens, Caitlin Terry and Tim Hornor traveled to Europe.

Mr. Stevens backpacked through Europe for 58 days. This had been a dream of his since college. “The most challenging part was living out of a backpack,” said Mr. Stevens. “My backpack was 25 pounds and that was everything that I had brought with me.” Throughout the journey, Mr. Stevens saw a massive difference in culture, especially in the appreciation of time and food. “Europeans understand that modern life moves at a rapid pace but they always prefer to sit down for 15 minutes and have a cup of coffee,” he said. He said that Italy was always on time and missing a train or subway was very common. According to Stevens, Austria was really efficient and helpful toward tourists. He appreciated every moment spent in Europe and said he will never forget the trip.

Mrs. Terry traveled to the United Kingdom to participate in a teaching seminar on the importance of history. She worked alongside many other history teachers around the globe in search of how to intersect history with archaeology and the environment. This trip has been a goal of hers since she became a teacher. “This was a really good opportunity for me to go somewhere that I’ve always wanted to go and to figure out how to better incorporate different activities and framework in the classroom,” Mrs. Terry said.

She also visited London where she visited many museums and saw the original Rosetta Stone. She drove throughout Scotland and traced the route of the Jacobite rebellion. Mrs. Terry explained that the cities are more compact so it is easier to walk and use public transportation. She definitely would to go back to the UK or on any other history-based trip. “Anytime I take a trip I am going to find a way to incorporate my own personal academic interests,” she said. She learned a lot on her trip and plans to share it with her students.

Mr. Hornor led the Pace students on the ICGL trip to London and Cambridge, his eighth time in the past nine years. “I think travel is important for anyone at any age,” said Mr. Hornor. It broadens horizons and deepens cultural literacy.” He enjoyed the trip and the history-packed  international city. The group visited Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye and more. He had a great time in Cambridge where they listened to the university’s professors discussing their latest research and observations. He shared that the food in England is not the same as what Americans are used to and that their outlook on the world is significantly different. Mr. Hornor looks forward to going back next year in the 10th year of the program.