Greetings from Vermont!
In this first blog I'd like to introduce myself. I have over twenty years experience leading summer programs in Europe and the United States. I created a language program in Northern Spain that is thriving twenty years later and I have a decade's experience as the director of one of Vermont's oldest summer camps at Farm and Wilderness. I come from a family of educators and have a BA from Colorado College and a MS in Planning and Regional Development from UT Austin.
I have three kids myself ages 16,19 and 21 years of age which helps me put myself in your shoes. As parents I might be nervous about my child's safety and also excited about how much they would learn and experience. I know my teenager would be excited to go to Barcelona for the summer and would expect to make friends and have fun. We can have it all. When Abbey Road's basic rules (regarding alcohol drug use and overall safety) are maintained and respected, there is very little we cannot dream up and achieve together.
I know each of us has unique strengths and gifts and I look forward to seeing them firsthand. It is the responsibility of myself and the Abbey Road team to play to those strengths so everyone can be their best selves. When everyone feels an authentic sense of belonging to a caring, fun and successful team then success naturally follows.
Everyone's voice matters. Everyone belongs.
Let's make this the best summer ever!