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August / September 2017

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BENNY HEREDIA Alhambra Teachers Association CTE, soccer coach " This summer I traveled to Barranquilla, Colombia, to visit family and relax. This particular trip took us to the countryside, full of lush greenery and tropi- cal humidity. At a family gathering we celebrated to Afro-Caribbean drum music, typical of the region. " The musical group pic- tured is all female, a first. They represent a break- through in the stereotype that such groups should be only male." NICOLE NADITZ San Juan Teachers Association NBC French teacher "At the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages convention I won a raffle for two round-trip tickets to Paris. My mom and I went in June and added a trip to Luxem- bourg, which is where her paternal relatives emigrated from in the 19th century before settling in Iowa. " This photo is with Steven Kennedy, my former stu- dent, who reached out when he saw on social media that I would be in Paris. It was my first time visiting Europe as a tourist; usually I'm either a chaperone for student trips or enrolled in a study program there to enhance my language skills and cultural knowledge. "My mom and I explored southwest Luxembourg. It was meaningful to walk the streets of these villages, knowing our family had been there before." JACK HOLL ANDER Saddleback Valley Educators Association Civics and American government teacher "Here I am at Green Gables (inspiration for the Anne books by Lucy Maud Montgomery) in Caven- dish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. I've wanted to visit Prince Edward Island ever since I read the Anne books. "I also visited historic Fort Louisburg on Cape Breton Island. The national park facility is set up as a French fort of 1745, including cos- tumed soldiers and citizens. I found out that Alexander Graham Bell was born Cana- dian and had his summer (and retirement) home on Cape Breton Island; in fact, he was one of five pioneers who developed Canada's first airplane. Baddeck, Nova Scotia, is the 'Kitty Hawk' of Canada, and there is a Parks Canada museum dedicated to Bell and his wife, Mabel, in Baddeck." CHRIST Y IREL AND Vacaville Teachers Association Digital media teacher "I was on a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in June with three other educators from my school (one had to take the photo). Pictured left to right are Lindsay Wilson, me, and Gayle Morrison. This was taken right before our catamaran sail. We picked Cabo because of the beach, the price and location. I enjoyed relaxing and not being worried about work — and I got my first stamp in my passport! "I teach introduction to digital media, so I am taking back to the classroom the variety of apps I used, such as Google Translate and Currency Converter." Honorable Mention 72 P H O T O C O N T E S T CTA & You

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