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Worldview sends SVMS Assistant Principal to Costa Rica
Some educators spent the summer traveling. Some spent the summer learning new perspectives. Sun Valley Middle Assistant Principal Pascale Glenn spent part of the summer doing both.
She traveled to Costa Rica through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Worldview. She was motivated by a desire to share her experiences with the students and teachers at SVMS and to expand their global awareness and curiosity.
During her 10-day immersion, Mrs. Glenn lived with a host family but traveled to a different location every day.
Her excursions included a farmers’ market, the Poás Volcano, an organic coffee farm, and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
She also enjoyed a production put on by middle school students at the National Theater in the capital, San José.
In addition to delighting in the cultural and physical treasures of Costa Rica, Mrs. Glenn toured a university, a vocational school, and a rural school, to whom she gave pencils donated by the SVMS PTO.
This was her favorite part of the journey. She loved interacting with the students and she was impressed by their zeal for education and their desire to improve their lives.
Mrs. Glenn’s immersion in Costa Rica didn’t stop there. She also took Advanced Spanish classes, a traditional Costa Rican cooking class, and a dancing class where she was taught the salsa, merengue, and cumbia.
She was able to go to the beach in Playa Herradura and navigate the Zipline Canopy Tour in Jaco. Also, she was entertained by a traditional rodeo.
One of the phrases that Mrs. Glenn learned in Costa Rica is “Pura vida,” which literally translates to pure life but its real meaning is “full life” or “this is living.”
The philosophy embedded in this phrase is one that Mrs. Glenn embraces.
Written by: Maureen Donohue, Sun Valley Middle School media specialist
Posted: Aug 30, 2013 by Debra Bledsoe