Blair is a very diverse school. We have students from all over the world. Students from more than 70 countries, cultures and lifestyles are united under one roof. But students are not the only ones who have experience with different cultures. A lot of Blair's teachers have had experiences living and traveling to another country, something that makes many of them proud.
Mr. Stallings, a photography teacher, has traveled all over the world. He has been in Italy, France, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Senegal, Cuba, Jamaica and many other countries.
Mr. Stallings has a lot of warm memories about Jamaica, one of his favorite countries. He had traveled there several times. Last time in 1992 he lived there for a month while he was working on an independent photo project. "Jamaica is an island. Industry there is tourism. No tall buildings, and there is 'island time.' Life is very slow," said Mr. Stallings.
Mr. Stallings is also planning to go back to Jamaica for vacation. "There's a lot of fun in Jamaica. People are very friendly and women are pretty," said Mr. Stallings. "Traveling to other countries helps you because you learn different countries, cultures. I think that everyone should travel," he added. "Then we will not have prejudice."
Mr. Swaney is a social studies teacher. He has traveled to many cultures, too. He lived in Guatemala for three years from 1987 to 1990. He was sent by the U.S. government to work in Guatemala.
"Guatemala is very different from the United States. Hispanic culture is much slower and an easier lifestyle. I liked it," Mr. Swaney said. "I'd love to go there again. It's a beautiful country and I have a lot of good friends there."
Mr. Swaney believes that his work in Guatemala was good preparation for Blair. "When you have lived outside of the U.S. you are more sympathetic to students from other countries. You understand what they are going through," he said. He's also glad that he had an opportunity to learn Spanish. "It has helped me a lot at Blair," he said.
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