Humans of DASH: Teresa Grafton

humansofdash-03GraftonI am DASH’s French teacher and World Language/Social Studies department chair. Life before DASH included 5 years at Berlitz School of Languages after graduating from college — FSU and La Sorbonne. I then taught 16 years at Coral Park Sr High before working 3 years with a mentoring and scholarship program called Take Stock in Children.

During my time with TSIC, I had the opportunity to visit DASH. I had already been a fan of the concept of a design-themed high school. My husband is an architect and we had heard of DASH before. Seeing the students and staff firsthand was what really made me fall in love with the school.

My husband is a third generation architect and native Miamian. He has many interesting stories about the history of Miami. We have two grown children – one is a pet adoption counselor and the other is studying environmental law. They all appreciate the stories I tell about my amazing DASH students and how much I love them.

Looking back thoughout my 8 years at DASH, I’ve seen our students and our school win numerous awards. Looking forward, I will probably be retired a decade down the road since this is my 30th year teaching French. But I am sure DASH will continue its relentless pursuit of excellence.

Readers might be suprised to learn that I got my private pilot’s license when I was 20 years old and that I have been up in a hot-air balloon! Last year my husband and I travelled to Japan, a fascinating country and culture. My ultimate dream is to be able to live part of the year in Miami and part of the year in another interesting world city — Paris?  Provence?  Pisa? I plan to learn Italian when I retire. Pourquoi pas?