Hi Students and Families,
My name is Kelly and, as you know, I am Katie’s Nueva counterpart for this trip. Similar to Katie, I was lucky to travel from a young age. My father, an avid and passionate adventurer himself, was determined that I would grow up understanding that the world was bigger and more diverse than our tiny little town in Maine. He wanted me to know that there was more than one way to do things in the world—and that difference was something to learn from, not something to be feared.
When I was eighteen, I decided to take a semester off from college and ended up on a gap semester in southern China with Dragons. I was completely mesmerized by the place, the people, and the culture. Something really clicked for me. As a result, I ended up switching my college major to Mandarin and, upon graduation, moved to Qinghai Province in western China for several years. By the time I moved back to the US in 2016, I had worked my way up to program manager for a high school English program for students in the countryside.
These days, most of my adventures happen in the California area. I love biking and walking my dog on my town’s trails, finding new bodies of water to explore on my kayak, and curling up with a good book. Since landing in California, I’ve been working at Nueva as a Writing and Humanities teacher. Traveling with my students and seeing them work through the challenges, eye-openers, and moments of elation that travel inevitably offers has been one of the best parts of my job, and I am thrilled to be joining Where There Be Dragons for this journey through the Dominican Republic.
See you at the airport bright and early!