RFH Spanish Teacher Traveling to Cuba

December 8th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 25, 2015

RFH Spanish Teacher Christina Gauss Awarded

NEA Grant for Education-Based Visit to Cuba


RFH Spanish Teacher Christina Gauss (top row, third from left) and students celebrate her upcoming trip to Cuba. Top row, left to right, Taylor Kelleher, Morgan Mulligan, Gauss, Kara Dixon, and Sophia Maita. Bottom row, left to right, Tess Chandler, Caroline Kostecky, Liam Packer, Kristin Yorke, and Julia Marascio.



Rumson – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Spanish Teacher Christina Gauss has received a Learning and Leadership Grant from the National Education Association.

The awarding of the $2,000 Grant was based on her proposal entitled “Cuba: One Year Later,” in reference to the time that has passed since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced their “normalization” plan. The Grant will allow Gauss to travel to Cuba in January 2016 for an immersive cultural experience. While in Cuba, Gauss and fellow educators will participate in a Witness for Peace Delegation hosted by the People to People Organization.

The group plans to get involved with and learn about many aspect of Cuban life and culture, including –

  • The literacy campaign that led to Cuba’s designation as an “illiteracy-free” zone by the United Nations
  • Current education practices for Cuban youth and communities
  • Local, sustainable agriculture
  • The current “drivers” of the economy
  • Cuba’s response to global climate change, a particular threat to island nations
  • Creation of the art that sustains the Cuban soul, and live performances at The Martin Luther King Center – a vibrant hub for community education and faith
  • Ecology as it relates to the earth, the community, and the mind

Gauss currently teaches Spanish I, Spanish IV, Spanish IV Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish at RFH. The activities she plans while in Cuba correlate directly to the AP Spanish Language and Culture Curriculum with a focus on Contemporary Life, Global Challenges, Personal and Public Identities, Family and Community, Beauty and Esthetics, and Science and Technology.

Upon her return, Gauss will develop curricular materials, activities, and presentations to share her findings with her students.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to enhance my Spanish language skills while developing an understanding of the Cuban people, their rich cultural heritage, and their perspective on being at the forefront of social change,” said Gauss. “I am also looking forward to sharing my insights with students in all of my classes, and working to coordinate cross-disciplinary activities.”



Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Press Release Writer

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885