On Thursday, February 25th, Señora Montserrat Garcia, Upper School Spanish teacher and Network Exchange Coordinator, was chosen to present at the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools’ World Languages Conference.
At the conference, Garcia shared the collaborative project she organized with Sagrat Cor de Sarrià, our sister school in Barcelona. Reflecting on the conception of the project, Garcia recalls, “I just wanted to do a project with a sister school. When they explained to me that the project was about spreading kindness, creating community, and the connection to COVID, I said ‘I’m on board.’” Students from both schools were tasked with completing acts of kindness and presenting them using the grammar they learned in class. “To me, it was using the language in a meaningful way that related to real life.”
Her presentation was met with enthusiasm from the cohort of other Connecticut-based language teachers and encouraged Garcia to continue her collaboration with her fellow educators. Garcia noted, "the exchange of ideas is how you come up with new thoughts. There is a lot of comradery and collegiality among the teachers at the CAIS Conference.”
Garcia expressed her gratitude to the Sacred Heart Network for her involvement in the exchange program and added, “being a Sacred Heart student is like a ticket. You can reach out to anyone, anywhere and they will say yes.” In the future, Garcia hopes to continue to engage other Sacred Heart schools in intercultural lessons. “The opportunity we have as an international school is so unique. Without the exchange program during COVID, we were missing the mix of cultures. Connecting with other schools, we can have that back.”