By Ethan Lachman ’21
Faculty and staff from both campuses traveled to Mexico City from June 13 to 19. According to Spanish teacher Anamaria Ayala, who was one of the trip coordinators with upper school history teacher Ken Neisser, the goal of the trip was for participants to experience Mexican culture first-hand and actively learn about Mexican history. Trip participants visited the Anthropology Museum, visited artists Frida Kahlo’s house and Diego Rivera’s house and experienced Mexican culture.
Ayala had already been to Mexico City once before, but many of the other trip participants had never traveled there. Ayala said many teachers on the trip are incorporating the information they learned about Mexican culture and history into their curricula.
Even though Ayala said that visiting the museums and cultural sites was great, she had a different favorite part of the trip.
“I had been in Mexico before, and I had been in the places that we visited with the faculty, and of course visiting those places was great for me, but I think my favorite thing about these kind of trips is doing it with the faculty. It is very different to be with the faculty doing something outside of the school: enjoying the food, enjoying the sites and just learning about each other and learning about a culture with each other,” Ayala said.
Trip participant and English teacher Sidney Kohls said that the trip was very interesting and expressed her gratitude for the experience.
“I felt very grateful to get to have that opportunity [to go to Mexico City] [….] It was really nice to get to know other teachers, so I felt connected to the school in a bigger way,” Kohls said.