New Years in Manchester and Edinburgh

Over New Years, my brother, Jacob, and I took a trip to Manchester, England and Edinburgh, Scotland to meet up with some of our fellow GV staff. We had met up with many of the English/Scottish staff from that summer, along with a few other Americans who made the trip. In Manchester, our party was around 25 people, though in Edinburgh our size shrunk to seven, when we had everyone there. Jacob and I also met up with two staff members who are alumni of camp. Both are teaching elementary aged students now, and doing well. Michael, a head counselor from years back, took Jacob and I on a day trip to see St. Andrews, which is where Prince William and Catherine met in university, and Crail and Elie, both of which are small fishing villages.

Former staff, Jordan Siragusa, honored on Ellen

Jordan Siragusa, a former head counselor here at camp, was recently on Ellen!  She’s a huge fan of Ellen Degeneres and was honored for her amazing work as a first grade teacher at a title I school.  Ninety percent of the student population at Montclaire Elementary School, in Charlotte, NC  are high poverty students.  Jordan does amazing work with these students using her motto of “Be Kind”.  Western Governors University gifted Jordan a full scholarship to get her Master’s degree as well as an additional gift of $10,000.  Jordan has now decided to raise money for her school by matching every dollar donated up to a total of $5,000!  Click here to donate to her cause. She’s an incredible and inspiring teacher and we are so proud of her accomplishments!