Ms. Strauss has only been at SMS for a short time, but has already embraced her role in inspiring the girls to learn another language. She finds that learning Modern Languages tends to foster increased cultural awareness, but also a curiosity about other ways of life around the world. At the same time, she prides herself on her enthusiastic and creative teaching - a popular project is when students create skits and short videos, providing them with the opportunity to express themselves and what they have learned. She has also come to appreciate the dedication and welcoming support of the staff that she now works with every day. She is constantly amazed at the level of concern they have for the girls, and she also tries to reflect that, by taking on volunteering positions like fundraising for the 2013 graduating class.
Why SMS? "It provides a safe and nurturing, yet challenging environment where girls are allowed to be themselves and valued and respected."