Celebrating la diversidad at Capital City!

No matter where we come from, we are one community that appreciates and celebrates one another! See what Capital City teachers and staff love about Hispanic/Latino cultures and how they will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with students. 

Why do you love celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?  

Justin Sybenga photo

"I enjoy seeing the pride that our families from Central America have in sharing their stories and culture with the school community."
— Justin Sybenga, High School Senior Expedition Coordinator

Kishanna Harley

"Being immersed in the human experiences of others helps me to understand what constitutes culture."
— Kishanna Harley, HS Librarian & Technology Teacher

Chris Olszewski photo

"The food and celebration!"
— Christopher Olszewski, 4th Grade ELL Inclusion Teacher

Jo Lewton

"It reminds me that there are multitude of different cultures, dialects and traditions in the Latin American world...to learn about and celebrate."
— Joanna Lewton, Arts Director 

"I love showing my students that those
that look like them do amazing things." 

— Alexis Feliciano, 2nd Grade Inclusion Teacher

Alex Feliciano

What are you doing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in your classroom?

Ellen Royse

"Highlighting Latinx leaders, organizers and activists who have fought against environmental racism in their communities." 
— Ellen Royse, 11/12th Grade Environmental Science & Urban Ecology Teacher

Jessica Leader

"We are going to read picture books about border-crossing and learn about why people from different countries immigrated to the US."  
— Jessica Leader, 7th Grade Humanities Teacher

Carlos Duque

"I am curating the Lower School Library with amazing books about and written by Latin@s!" 
— Carlos Duque, Lower School Librarian & Technology Teacher

Justin Lopez

"In Latin American literature class, students are researching a poet of their choice and sharing favorite poems at grade level meetings, all school meetings, and maybe at Fiesta Latina." 
—Justin Lopez-Cardoze, 7th Grade Science Teacher

Favorite Food

Tonica Tatum-Gormes

"I love the FOOD!!! Pupusas"
— Tonica Tatum Gormes

— Jaine Hernandez and 
Tim Shaw 

"Empanadas and Pernil"
— Alexis Feliciano

"Arroz con Leche" 
— Linda Robles

Favorite Writer

"Gabby Rivera
(Juliet Takes a Breath)"

— Ellen Royse

"Jose Marti"
— Joanna Lewton and
Carlos Duque

"Our students"
— Justin Lopez-Cardoze

"Arturo Schomburg
and Pura Belpre'"

— Kishanna Harley

Favorite Music

— Jessica Leader

"Merengue and Salsa"
— Carlos Duque

"Selena or Luis Miguel"
— Justin Lopez-Cardoze

Ayanna Gallant

"Marc Anthony, Elvis Crespo" 
— Ayanna Gallant