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Traveling enhances their full-time job
How teachers spent their summer

Arlene Knudson

Editor’s note: Students are often asked at the start of the school year how they spent their summer vacation, but we thought we’d turn the question to their teachers. Here’s what a few local teachers did over summer break.

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Spanish teacher Leah Crowe, pictured at the front in the plaid shirt, is with other U.S. teachers in Cuba overlooking Las Vinales.

Europe is undoubtedly an art teacher’s dream vacation! Carrie McNew, Jac-Cen-Del Jr./Sr. High School art teacher, can attest to that. Somewhat surprisingly, she was enthralled with your atypical art - graffiti! Knowing graffiti is done with spray paint and illegal in most places, McNew was awed at the intricate designs that were on display in the specified area on the graffiti tour in Gent, Belgium. This designated area was designed to allow artists to showcase their work without penalty. McNew was not able to witness anyone painting during her self-guided tour, but was thoroughly impressed with the skill and ability of the artwork.

Of course McNew couldn’t be near France without visiting the world-famous art museum, The Louvre, and view the famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Many art friends had warned McNew that the real Mona Lisa painting was really quite small. McNew pleasantly discovered the painting was not as small as she had imagined. Her experiences at The Louvre rejuvenated her as an artist and as an art teacher. The art teacher returned with more personal experiences to share with her students than she did when she began teaching 17 years ago.

Her summer trip was shared with 6th grade daughter Mya. Mya, who attends South Ripley Elementary, has been able to utilize her experiences in many of her classes, especially language arts. She has been fascinated with Paris and the Eiffel Tower ever since she can remember. Her American Girl doll, Grace, according to the American Girl literature lives in Paris and loves to bake. This young McNew girl also loves to bake and loves Paris just like Grace! One thing both McNew females agreed on was that the desserts, breads and pizzas were out of this world; however, language differences presented challenges in restaurants and just ordering water was an ordeal, McNew said. Most people were able to speak English but the differences in definition of terms added another layer of confusion.

While in Luxembourg, the McNews visited the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. This cemetery is administered by the American Battle Monuments commission and contains the remains of 5,076 American service members, most of whom died during the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. This tribute to the American military was very impressive. Carrie and Mya went to this area of Europe with Brita McNew, Carrie’s sister-in-law Brita has been to this part of Europe several times to visit her sister, Megan Narwold. Megan and her husband, Curt, and two young children are living in Belgium while Curt is working there for John Deere.

Read the accompanying story titled “Traveling and study: perfect pair” on the front page of the Osgood Journal.

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