Category Archives: Portugal


I’ve been abroad for 8 years and it’s time to go home. I miss my friends and family in northern California. But saying goodbye to my beloved students is not easy. Bekky made me the sweetest card/book I’ve ever gotten–12 … Continue reading

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At CAISL middle school students are split into advisory groups with 6-9 students per teacher. These groups meet every morning for announcements and attendance and each Friday we have 40 minutes together. This year my group joined with Ms. MacKenzie, … Continue reading

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For the second year we spent a week at the Gredos Center learning about the ecology of the area. What a great trip! Our fearless leader JuanFran showed up how to do stream and meadow surveys, he taught us how to … Continue reading

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Big Block: MARLISCO Video Project

This year Ms. Bernardo, the middle school Math teacher, and I were tasked with organizing the ‘big block’  sessions. Big Block happened once a month on a half day and the idea behind it was to have extended time for project-based … Continue reading

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Outdoor Club: Castelos dos Mouros

Sintra is full of amazing sites and one of the goals of Outdoor Club this year is to get students, staff, and parents out to as many of these as possible. On Saturday we hiked up to Castelos dos Mouros on a … Continue reading

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Mountain Bike Club

Last year I had a great crew of mountain bikers–we went out with around 2-6 boys every Friday afternoon. And then this year this happened: 24 kids joined (not all pictured here), almost half of them GIRLS!!! Yay!

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Happy New Year!

New school year, that is. For me this new school year means new country, new home, new school, new students, and new colleagues, as over the summer I moved from the frenetic city of Hong Kong to the quiet countryside … Continue reading

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