Spanish teacher Mr. Cáreces has a deep love for the cuisine and culture of his native Chile. As Grade 7 students read their first TPRS (Language Learning Books Online) novel Casi Se Muere, they began to explore various aspects of Chile, including food. To enrich this experience, girls spent a class period making empanadas and reflecting on Chilean culture. This morning the delicious empanadas were shared with the entire Grade 7 cohort.
In late December Hamlin alum Madi Lusk visited with students in Ms. Kane’s Spanish Honors class. Ms. Lusk graduated from Skidmore College in 2019, and is currently immersed in a prestigious Princeton University fellowship working with aspiring entrepreneurs in Guatemala.
Girls posed questions in Spanish to Ms. Lusk about her Hamlin experience, her University High School experience, her college experience, and her decision to work in Guatemala with young people interested in careers in STEM. Ms. Lusk spoke about a program she started to teach high school girls about programming and engineering. She responded to all the student questions in fluent Spanish with a beautiful accent, but also shared that it is challenging to speak Spanish all day long in Guatemala. Ms. Lusk mentioned that she was thankful for her Hamlin education, which gave her the confidence to work in a primarily male-dominated space.
Ms. Kane adds.
“Hamlin Spanish students loved hearing about Madi’s journey and how she is able to take the lessons and the language skills she learned at Hamlin and apply them in an international setting.”