While 500 teachers applied for the Lilly Endowment Teacher
Creativity Fellowship this past summer, only 100 fellowships were awarded. Five
Indianapolis Public Schools teachers were chosen. Patricia Clark, music teacher
of Theodore Potter School 74, was one of those five IPS teachers. The $10,000
grant was designed to give teachers financial support and encouragement for a
personal or professional project to help revitalize and nurture their
commitment to education.

Clark utilized her grant dollars to travel to and live in
various areas throughout Costa Rica. During her six-week journey she lived in three
different regions while experiencing once in a lifetime feats. “I experienced
zip-lining, volcanic hiking, snorkeling and horseback riding in a country rich
in flora and fauna amid beautiful vistas,” said Clark. While living with
families in local homes, she spent much of her time learning Spanish at the CPI
Language School and had the chance to “step into the rhythms of Tico life while
practicing my Spanish.”  

Now that Clark has returned to U.S. soil and is back into
the classroom for the new 2015-2016 school year, she looks forward to practicing
and improving her budding Spanish skills and is looking forward to “further
supporting the bilingual curriculum of Theodore Potter School.” 

To look back on her journey and to take a peek at her life
while in Costa Rica, visit her blog: https://mytriptopuravida.wordpress.com

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