Meet New SJS Faculty Member: Ms. Taylor Simpson
Meet New SJS Faculty Member: Ms. Taylor Simpson

Teaches: I teach all three sections of Spanish III and one section of Spanish II.

Education: I graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) in May, with a double major in Spanish and International Studies, and a minor in Diversity and Community Engagement. I studied abroad twice. The first time was in high school to Costa Rica. The second time was in Spain during my junior year in college, where I spent one semester at UVA's language institute in Valencia and the second semester at the Universidad de Oviedo in Oviedo.

Previous work experience: Working at the Writing Center at Virginia Tech (both in Spanish and English). Working for Johns Hopkins as a group leader for the incoming international students during their summer orientation to U.S. academia and the U.S. culture in general. I helped guide the students through everything, including how to shake hands, how to pick crab meat, how to eat a fancy meal, how to cite sources in a research paper.

In addition to teaching I also: love travelling. I've been to 13 countries, and would recommend the Czech Republic and Portugal to anybody who will listen.

Favorite thing about St. James thus far: I love seeing the different sides of each kid. I get to see them on the field, in the dorm, and at the dinner table, so I get to know them in a multi dimensional way that most teachers at non-boarding schools miss out on.

Inspirational or favorite quote: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

Thing most people don't know about me: When I was travelling solo I went to a pizzaria in Naples and ate two whole pizzas in a row and talked to the locals who were sitting next to me, and it was perfect. I believe that everyone should travel alone at some point in their life!

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