The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.
Meet Carol North from our Host Family Department.
Staff Profile, Carol North
Host Family Department
- What’s your favorite movie: Moulin Rouge
- Favorite book: Too many to name; recently Cloud Atlas
- Favorite color: purple
- Favorite food: Thai food
What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?
I teach and practice yoga, sing in a choir, go salsa dancing, downhill ski and x-country ski when the snow is good, I’m in three book clubs so I read a lot, I lead international volunteer teams, bike, and walk.
How did you spend your summer?
Working. I’m going to Turkey next summer to visit my sister and perhaps the school where we have a connection.
Where is the best place you’ve ever lived or visited and why?
Lived in Oregon, love the mountains and the coast. Loved Thailand because of the rich culture, the people are incredibly friendly and the food is fabulous.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
Living in Chile, while it was difficult emotionally because it rained ten months out of the year and I didn’t speak the language when I first arrived, the experience shaped who I am today. Met some wonderful people who opened their homes to us as strangers and visited some amazing places, Torres de Paine, La Paz, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu
If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to try something even if you might fail.
What do you find fascinating?
Living with people in different cultures, getting to know them not as a tourist but as a visitor and working alongside them. Learning about their dreams for the future.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?
Tibet. Trek, meet the people and talk to them about their challenges.
If you weren’t teaching, what job would you want?
Back up singer for Bonnie Raitt or any other amazing female vocalist.
What is one thing you’d love to do if you had the chance?
I want to sing in a choir for the opening ceremony when they finally finish building Segrada Familia, a cathedral in Barcelona that they have been building since 1882.
Tell me something interesting or unique about yourself.
I rode up in an elevator with Prince at the MacPhail Center for the Arts when he came to take a voice lesson in the early 80s.