My Summer Vacation

Aug. 18th - Aug. 22nd during Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered

It’s the classic question for kids coming back to school: “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Maybe you remember writing an essay on the topic.

Well, students aren’t the only ones who do cool things in the summertime.  Many teachers also have the summer off.

So all this week, we’re flipping the script and asking five area teachers about unique experiences they had this summer. It’s called “My Summer Vacation.”  

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My Summer Vacation
5:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

My Summer Vacation

Waynedale Elementary teacher Julie McCoy traveled to France over the summer to attend a a French attending.  Julie first visited France several years ago, when she took a gap year after high school to be a nanny in the country.  WBOI's Katy Anderson sat down with Julie to talk about her trip, French weddings, and why she's glad she took that gap year.    

Sara Pulse is a music teacher at Indian Village Elementary and traveled abroad in Europe over the summer. She traveled to Europe this summer and talked about why this trip was so meaningful.

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My Summer Vacation
6:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Lisa Dunn & Janice Hunter: Our Summer as Engineers

Lisa Dunn and Janice Hunter are teachers at Fort Wayne's Lakeside Middle School who both have a passion for teaching students about STEM concepts and careers. STEM is shorthand for "science, technology, engineering and math."

It's a passion that led them to Purdue University in West Lafayette over the summer, where they were selected to participate in a program called TechFit.  

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My Summer Vacation
6:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Carissa Richardson: My Summer in Europe

Most teachers use their summer vacation to take some time away from students.  However, this wasn't the case for Towles New Tech Middle School teacher Carissa Richardson.  She spent her summer traveling all over Europe with 40 students.   

Richardson spent time in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom in the People to People Ambassador Program.  The program was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the notion that peace comes through traveling abroad and understanding other cultures.

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My Summer Vacation
6:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Tony Lemmon: My Summer as an Author

Tony Lemmon teaches science and math at Shawnee Middle School and driver's education on the side.  He put last winter's snow days to good use by writing a book about his driver's ed experiences and spent the summer getting the word out about his book.  

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My Summer Vacation
6:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Bob Ahlersmeyer: My Summer in Hollywood

Nine months out of the year, Bob Ahlersmeyer is an English teacher at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne.  But he’s a showman at heart, and once class is dismissed, you can often find him in community theater productions and even local commercials.

This summer though, he decided to try his hand at stardom. For six weeks, anyway.

Ahlersmeyer received a Lilly Grant to travel to Hollywood to blog about his experiences auditioning for movies and commercials. He plans on using his blog to educate students on online journalism and blog-writing.  

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My Summer Vacation
6:40 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Laura McCoy: My Summer Hiking in Peru

Laura McCoy is a music teacher at St. Joseph Central Elementary School in Fort Wayne. During the summer months, she decided to take a trip to Peru. But she had more on her mind than just sightseeing.

McCoy lost her parents at a young age, and now devotes a lot of her time to working with children at Erin's House for Grieving Children, which helps young people learn to cope with loss.

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