The Heritage Program 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 The Heritage Program from July 9 – August 8, 2019.


PTP Leadership Team

Meet The Leaders

Student Travel Leader People to People

Patty M.

Patty has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar in 2006 for study in Mexico.  She teaches high school Spanish in Brighton, MI.  Patty’s love for teaching language and culture began in Madrid, Spain. After completing an intensive study abroad program, she spent a year teaching English in Spain. She is also passionate about traveling and has traveled to over twenty countries on five continents. A few of her favorite memories are from Mexico where she expanded her knowledge of Mexican cuisine, in Turkey where she took a memorable hot air balloon ride, and in Vietnam where she learned how to make authentic spring rolls. She is always very interested in the history of the places she visits, but she is most interested in speaking to local people to understand their perspective while learning about their culture.

“I am looking forward to meeting each member of our delegation and getting to know them over the next several months as we prepare for our amazing journey this summer!  I know that the Heritage Program is going to have so many exceptional experiences, and although it’s difficult to choose one, I am really looking forward to seeing Paris through the eyes of local students!

Yong Y.

Yong was born in South Korea and lived there until he was 12 before moving to the United States.  He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Gordon College, serves in the U.S. Army and has been teaching mathematics for six years at St. John’s Prep School in MA. Some of his hobbies include playing music (piano and violin), Ultimate Frisbee, and trying different foods!

“I am most excited about building lasting relationships with the student delegates while experiencing and learning about diverse cultures and histories (and food!) with them.”

Marisa I.

Marisa grew up in in Portland, OR but now calls Massachusetts home.  She has a BA in French/Minor in English from Whitman College and a MAT in French from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Marisa teaches French to 9th–12th grade girls at The Academy at Penguin Hall in Wenham, MA. She also serve as an advisor and oversees the yearbook club.  Previously, she taught college classes and worked for many years at a French language summer camp. Marisa studied abroad for a semester in Nantes, France and spent a year teaching English in Bordeaux, France. During those times, she had the opportunity to travel a lot both within France and around Europe, to countries such as England, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Austria. Marisa loves reading, writing, music and has spent most of her life singing and playing piano. She’s also trying to learn to tap dance!

“I’m most excited about visiting some new places with our students! I can’t wait to discover Italy and Greece. I’m excited to meet all of  our student delegates, I know we’ll have the adventure of a lifetime together!

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