Here is an excerpt from her grant application. We wish her ¡un buen viaje!
"This December, I have become aware of an amazing opportunity to learn firsthand from within the country's borders about Cuba. As described within my proposal, I will have the ability to speak with Cuban educators, politicians, historians, and everyday Cuban citizens alongside educators throughout the United States. I will develop a photo journal, written memoir, and create portfolio of important documents that will enhance my teaching of this illusive and isolated neighbor to the south. I will provide my colleagues at APS with an opportunity to view and discuss all that I will have learned from this experience both during department, faculty, and professional development meetings during the 2015 school year. I will prepare to present a demonstration to the AEF board and its members alongside School Committee if desired.
This opportunity could not have come at a more momentous time in US-Cuban History, as our current presidential staff and the Castro regime work to form a renewed alliance after more than 50 years. As a life-long learner, Spanish speaker and teacher, I am beyond excited with such developments. The opportunity to study in Cuba would fulfill a dream I have had since learning its history in the 5th grade of my education."