The European Legacy 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 European Legacy from July 10-29, 2019.
PTP Leadership Team
Meet The Leaders
Mary is from Indianola, IA and has her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University. As a lifelong educator and learner, Mary feels very fortunate to continue learning and teaching through her involvement with People to People International Student Travel Programs. She is excited to be part of carrying on President Eisenhower’s mission of creating a more peaceful world through better understanding of different cultures. Mary has led 24 programs with People to People and traveled to 6 continents – all of which have been filled with fabulous experiences and people! A few of her unique travel opportunities include traveling to China, Russia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, Japan, and India. She’s traveled widely throughout Europe, and been to Australia five times. Western Europe is one of her favorite places in the world, and she can’t wait to return this summer.
“I’m excited to be traveling with a new group of students on this fabulous program, and introducing them to the wonders of so many famous European iconic sites and experiences. I’m sure we will return as global citizens who have a greater appreciation of the world, especially the United States.”
Amy is from South Hadley, MA and has a BA from the University of Massachusetts and Masters of Art in Teaching from Elms College. She teaches College Prep and Honors English at South Hadley High School. She is the advisor for her school’s Culture Club and Student Council. Amy has coached both soccer and basketball at the youth and high school level, and was a commissioner on her local recreation department for 13 years. Currently, she is on the board of registrar of her town and oversees local, state and federal elections. She strongly believes that to create community you need to be an active participant in the community. She has had a leadership role in a town wide food drive over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend where adults from the community work with students to collect food for their local food pantry. Amy’s first time traveling as a student was to Ottawa, Canada with a sports team and that is when she fell in love with learning about different countries and cultures. As a teacher, she has traveled with students to France, Italy and Costa Rica. She loves being immersed in new cultures, but she especially enjoys seeing her students become curious about the world and their role within in the global community.
“I am so excited to meet our students and start this adventure together! I cannot wait to visit the beaches of Normandy. As a sophomore English teacher we read the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel and we do a whole unit on World War II. I am really looking forward to visiting the sites where the actual historic events took place.”