The Celtic Cultures Leadership Team
Our leaders help bring to life President Eisenhower’s vision of creating a better world through direct exchange among people of different countries and cultures.
We are proud to introduce you to the Leadership Team for Celtic Cultures from June 24-July 12, 2019.
PTP Leadership Team
Meet The Leaders
Beth is from Preston, CT and has a BA in Psychology from Iona College and Masters in School Psychology from University of Hartford. She is a School Psychologist at the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut. She works with a wide variety of students, from those with Intellectual Disabilities to those in AP and Honors classes. Beth first traveled as student with People to People to Australia and New Zealand when she was in 9th grade, the impact had such a lasting impact that she couldn’t wait to become a PTP Leader. This will be Beth’s ninth year as a leader with People to People. She has traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, and Poland with PTP student delegations. In addition to travel, Beth enjoys making jewelry. She started making jewelry in seventh grade, and often brings some as a homestay gift for her People to People homestay.
“I am excited to meet new student delegates on our program this year, and reunite with some of my alumni students. I have traveled to many of the places on our itinerary in the past, but Northern Ireland will be new for me this year. I’m excited to see a new place, and Giant’s Causeway looks really beautiful, so I can’t wait to see it!”
Shannon is from Uncasville, CT and has an AD of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Three Rivers Community College, BA in History with American Studies from Eastern Connecticut State University, Master’s in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University, and working on a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University Chicago. Shannon teaches high school social studies in Norwich CT. She is also an advisor to her school’s chapter of Gay-Straight Alliance. Shannon has a strong passion for travel. She loves the cultural immersion that traveling other countries offers. She has backpacked through Europe, hiked Machu Picchu, visited South-East Asia, and took a road trip across the USA! This will be her third time leading a People to People program. Shannon loves all things Harry Potter! She is an avid reader, enjoys trying new foods, yoga and has a deep love for the outdoors!
“One of the most rewarding aspects of traveling with People to People is seeing students push themselves out of their comfort zones and really being able to see the travel experience through their lens. I am also looking forward to traveling with Beth and Diana again! And, I cannot wait to visit Giant’s Causeway!”
Diana is from Victoria, TX and has a BA from Southeastern Louisiana University. She currently teaches 6-8th grade science at Trinity Episcopal Middle School. Diana has been leading People to People International Travel Programs for the past 13 years. Traveling both independently and with People to People, she has enjoyed amazing experiences in countries throughout the world, including England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Crete, Sicily, Greece, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Fuji, China, Monaco, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungry, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Bonaire, Bahamas and Mexico. She strongly believes that “of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport”. Her desire is to help make her student’s dream of travel come true and for them to have their own stories to tell. She is also excited to co-lead this program with her son, Scott.
“I have traveled the Celtic Cultures program before and can say that it is amazing. I cant wait to share this adventure with the students and watch them enjoy it as much as I have and will again!”
Scott is from Victoria TX, and has a BA in English from University of Houston-Victoria and Masters is Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Houston-Victoria. He is now a professor of English at University of Houston – Victoria. This will be Scott’s fifth time leading a People to People International Travel Program. In addition to being an an avid traveler, he enjoys reading books on ancient history and cultural theory, watching period-piece series, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, playing and listening to music, and being active, including going to the gym, running and BMX biking.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone! I’m also really looking forward to finally seeing the locations and historical artifacts I’ve thus far only have read about.”