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Teachers, staff travel the globe over summer break

Many of our teachers and staff traveled to interesting locations over the summer, from Kenya to Greece to New Zealand. Here’s a round up of where they went:

IT Manager Jack Riddle and his son spent a week at Camp Crooked Creek in early August his son’s first Scouts, BSA summer camp. Earlier in the year, Tyler joined Troop 380 chartered by Saint Patrick in Louisville, and Mr. Riddle became the assistant scoutmaster/patrol advisor for the new scouts.

“At camp, I really enjoyed seeing the scouts show their leadership, especially the older scouts working with the younger scouts,” Mr. Riddle said. “I also ran into current and former PHS students as participants and staff.”


Poaching is a problem in East Africa, and the Sweetwater Conservancy has a rhino conservation mission, where Baraka (which means “blessing”), a rescued blind rhino, lives. Dr. Jacobi’s friend Masolo is also in the picture.

English teacher Kathryn Jacobi and her husband, Jerry ’73, visited Kenya and their Kenyan friends, University of Louisville professor Dismas Masolo and his wife, Christine, who bilocate between Louisville and their home in western Kenya.

“After staying a few days in their traditional Luo village and experiencing African hospitality — including a goat, slaughtered in our honor, which we had for dinner on our second night —  we started our adventure and visited six game parks including the famous Masai Mara, where we saw many beautiful animals and visited a traditional Masai village,” Dr. Jacobi said. “We spent several days in Nairobi and then finished our trip visiting the old Swahili city of Mombasa — on the east coast on the Indian Ocean. During the course of our trip we also visited several museums, archeological sites, and two animal preserves. We saw so many beautiful animals and met many wonderful people. We look forward to visiting the Masolos again and seeing more of this amazing part of the world.”


President Steve Williamson and his wife traveled throughout Greece and made a day trip to Ephesus, Turkey.

“While I enjoyed the rich history of the ancient Greeks and Mycenaeans, the visit to Our Lady’s house in Ephesus was especially moving,” Mr. Williamson said. “Three different popes have visited Our Lady’s shrine in Ephesus where she and John the Evangelist lived after leaving the Holy Land. A modest shrine is built over the first-century foundation of the home reported to have been Mary’s. To think that I may have walked the same path that Our Lady had walked remains an inspiration for me.” 


Math teacher Stephanie (Mayfield) Mauk ’99 traveled with friends on a girls’ trip to Charleston with eight fellow 1999 alumnae plus one wife of an alumnus. She and her husband also cheered on their son, Lucas, and his baseball teams. His travel baseball team, The Ironmen, won the Global World Series Tournament in Destin, Fla., and his New Albany Little League 11U team won state in Decatur. 


Assistant to the President Debbie Fackler took a “sister trip” to Tybee Island, Ga., to celebrate her sister, Angie’s, birthday on the beach.

“We made the trip in her convertible Mustang and ate fresh seafood at a different restaurant every day,” Ms. Fackler said, adding that they also drove 20 miles to Savannah and explored the city by trolley. “The best part? Spending six days traveling and laughing with my little sister!”


Technical theatre teacher Ronnie Breedlove spent the summer producing and directing on the Jeffersonville RiverStage, something he has done for the past five years since teaming up with Jeff Parks to create the RiverPops Orchestra. He produces a Broadway musical production for the city each summer, and this year’s company of over 65 cast, crew, and musicians presented All Shook Up. Among the cast were junior Victor Beeler and Andrew Bittenbender ’18.

“I look forward to this outdoor theater experience every year,” Mr. Breedlove said. “It is definitely my summer highlight!”


Business officer Julie (Dattilo) Harper ’80 and her family visited Washington, D.C., including visits to Arlington National Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, the Lincoln Memorial, the war memorials, several Smithsonian museums, the National Archives, the U.S. Capital, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the St. John Paul II National Shrine, and other sites.

“We stayed in beautiful, historic Alexandria, Virginia, and visited family in Purcellville, Virginia,” Mrs. Harper said. “In spite of the 97 degree heat all week, we had a wonderful time!” 


French teacher Katie Aebersold traveled to Walt Disney World with her parents and her sister’s family, a favorite destination of hers.

“It was my first time going there with my niece, Emma, who is 2 years old, so that was very fun and exciting,” Miss Aebersold said. “I also got a chance to visit Epcot by myself for a morning and enjoyed my time traveling through World Showcase at my own pace. I especially enjoyed getting to converse in French with many of the cast members in the France pavilion!”


English teacher Elizabeth Bentley and her husband traveled through Australia and New Zealand.

“Our favorite place was Cairns, Australia, because of the tropical climate and scenery and above all, because of the Great Barrier Reef. It was truly one of the seven natural wonders of the world,” Mrs. Bentley said. “In the much colder climate of New Zealand, a cruise through the Fiordland National Park was a memory to last a lifetime. There is so much beauty in the fjords and waterfalls.”


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