IU School of Education
For most students, the most heavily used book in their arsenal is their student planner. For senior Anna Curry, it's her passport.
Anna will spend the first half of the 2006-07 fall semester - her last as an IUPUI student - student teaching Spanish at Northwest High School in Indianapolis. The second half will find the Crawfordsville High School graduate back on the road again, teaching English to students in Costa Rica.
Trips to the Caribbean region are nothing new to Anna; she's already been to Mexico and Honduras (on church-sponsored mission trips), as well as a "study abroad" trip to the Dominican Republic. She's also studied abroad in Spain, and traveled to Belgium, France and Canada. She's augmented her happy memories of world travel with souvenirs of all types - a game of Mancala from Ghana, a desk set from Honduras, a bracelet from Guatemala, a cell phone holder from China - that come either from her own trips or from friends who have visited nations that Anna plans to visit in the future.
Anna plans to teach high school Spanish after graduation, though she hasn't ruled out using her language skills in careers that might incorporate her Christian faith; "I am open to God's will and can only hope to do what He wants me to do," she says. She has expressed that faith through her volunteer spirit: the mission trips in high school, service projects for the Indy Senior Center, mentoring a student at the Indiana Girls School, and helping at the Indianapolis Hispanic Center and the Oaks Academy.