A fun way to get to know families at MIS, brought to you by the PA Council.
Who knows what you may have in common with this week’s family?!
Parents: Where are you both from originally? What places other than Missoula have you lived?
Nate was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. He moved to Missoula for High School and went to Sentinel.
Cara grew up on the east coast, outside of New York City.
We both spent much of our adult lives around Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains of Washington. We met 19 years ago in Seattle, but moved to Vashon Island, Washington shortly after we met. We still have a house on Vashon and usually spend the summers there.
Parents: What is/are your occupation(s)? Do you have any hobbies you enjoy?
Cara is a professor of restoration ecology at University of Montana
Nate is a contractor, who mostly works on residential remodels.
Our favorite things to do are to spend time with friends and family, bike, hike, ski, skate, go salmon fishing, catch red and king crabs, read, travel, find buried treasure with a metal detector, practice archery, and play with our dogs, Little Iggy and Big Max.
We spent last year in Concepcion, Chile. Axl went to a Chilean school, Kingston College, for 4th grade. In some ways, the school was a lot like MIS, with the same feeling of community. But in other ways it was really different: all the kids had to wear uniforms, there were weekly exams in all his subjects everyone was very concerned about grades, and all the recesses were inside (kids even played soccer in the hallways!). The parent parties were “asados” (barbeques) that started at 10 PM and lasted until morning. We lived near the mouth of the Bio Bio River. One of our favorite things to do was to hike the high bluffs over the Pacific and look for sea lions and otters. We became great friends with the stray dogs at the beach and always had their company on our hikes. We would be happy to talk about our experience living abroad with other MIS families who are thinking of living internationally.