Where do teachers go in the summer?

  • John Stark Spanish teacher Stephanie Harpring takes a selfie in the Tipón South Valley with the Andes Mountains in the background. Courtesy

  • JSHRS Spanish teacher Stephanie Harpring in Cusco, Peru with a very friendly alpaca.

Published: 8/13/2019 12:32:00 PM

Do you wonder where teachers spend their summers? John Stark Spanish teacher Stephanie Harpring traveled to Peru for two weeks to study indigenous culture and Spanish language after receiving a scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

While she studied at the Academia Latinoamericana de Español, she stayed with a host family and became fully integrated into the culture of Cusco, Peru.

This highly-competitive scholarship was awarded due to Harpring’s professional commitment to teaching Spanish as well as her explanation of how the scholarship would benefit her teaching and students at John Stark Regional High School.

“Through this experience, I was able to further hone my Spanish skills while expanding my knowledge of Peruvian cultural products, practices, and perspectives. I plan to incorporate what I learned about Peruvian culture into my Spanish curriculum at JSRHS,” said Harpring about the experience.

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