Laura Hovey Ozuna
I’m Laura Hovey Ozuna and it may be obvious from this picture that I live in Ann Arbor, MI. Even though the past 2 seasons have been heartbreaking, this is what I do on Saturdays during football season. This picture happened to be taken on one of the good days when we beat Notre Dame. The first part of my life I spent growing up on a farm in Rosebush, Michigan raising sheep, beef cattle and chickens. But for the last 13 years, I have taught Spanish. Right now I teach AP Spanish, Spanish 1, and Spanish 4 accelerated at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. In the few hours I can get away from reading essays and listening to speeches and simulated phone conversations, I love spending time with my husband and our families. I am also obsessed with exercising. I have water weights ready to use in the pool at Villa del Campo and welcome anyone who wants to get a well-rounded workout with me. I also LOVE Mexico. I constantly dream about the food I’ll be eating! I’ve only been married for 1 year and 8 months, but this is my second marriage. My first marriage began and ended many years ago in Guanajuato, Mexico, where I lived for about 6 years. However I still communicate with my ex-husband’s family and may hop on a plane to Guanajuato one of those weekends. Again, I am open to whoever wants to join me. I’m also looking forward to dedicating some of this summer to my other passions – writing and reading.
As a teacher, I am passionate about uniting my students with others from around the world. In the past we connected with an Athabascan group, called the Gwitch’in, and became allies in the fight to prevent drilling in ANWAR. I hope my stay in Oaxaca allows me to unite students once again and develop another fruitful, long-term relationship.
Hi, my name is Jake Sproull and I teach 6th grade at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco, CA. I grew up in Vermont, but I've lived in SF for eighteen years, and I'm very Californian by now (happily so). The Chinese-American International School where I work is a bilingual Mandarin-English immersion school. Half our teaching staff is from China or Taiwan, and the majority of the students are from Chinese-American families, although the number of non-Chinese students entering our school is growing each year. I teach English and History (not Chinese!), and am very excited about incorporating this upcoming Oaxaca experience into my curriculum. Outside of teaching, I try to get outdoors whenever I can, and I have spent many of my vacations traveling abroad, mostly throughout Asia, but I've also had some great adventures recently in Mexico and Peru. I'm really excited to meet everyone in Oaxaca this summer!
In 1998 I studied at the Ciudad Universitaria in Morelia, Michoacan. That was the last time I “lived” in Mexico. I am excited to return to Mexico after teaching Spanish I and II for the last six years.
On a personal note, my friends call me Lisa Sragofish, because I love to swim, kayak, sail, boogey board, snorkel, and just go to the beach. See you at the pool at the Parador Sto. Domingo!
Hi, I’m Deb Strother. My husband Bill is an editor at our local newspaper and our two grown sons are, at the moment at least, together in Kenya. I grew up in Louisville but have spent most of my adult years in other places, including London, England, where I met Bill. We lived there and on the west coast of the U.S. – in Oakland, CA – before settling in Bloomington, Indiana. We came back to America so I could attend the California College of the Arts, where I earned a fine arts degree. After we arrived in Indiana, I earned my master’s at Indiana University. I’ve taught fine arts, including two-dimensional design, ceramics, sculpture and art history in a small rural high school near Bloomington for 16 years now, and have traveled extensively in that time, mostly through grants such as the one that’s taking me to Oaxaca. I’ve been able to bring back to my students a great deal of the world from these trips, and really look forward to doing the same with this one.