Dept Chair-World Languages, Spanish (JH, HS)
Olivia's passion for culture and language has inspired her travels and adventures abroad. She has studied in Spain, taught English in Thailand, and traveled to many countries, including Cuba, Laos, Burma, and Vietnam. She believes in a path of lifelong learning for herself and her students and that education should continue beyond the classroom. She was World Language Department Chair for Chicago Public Schools and has experience mentoring new teachers. For three years, her students participated in Cultural Kitchen, a curriculum developed by Hostelling International, which builds bridges of cultural understanding between urban youth of Chicago and international travelers. She also hosted Pinewood's first Pulsera Project, a service learning project that connects Central American artists with students in more than 1,300 U.S. schools through the sale of colorful handwoven bracelets, or "pulseras" in Spanish. She visited Nicaragua as part of an inaugural teacher trip for the Pulsera Project, and developed curriculum for the Project based on what she learned during the trip. She is also one of Pinewood's yearbook advisors. Ms. Bradley holds a B.A. in Spanish from San Diego State University and an M.A., Arts of Teaching from National-Louis University, Chicago. She enjoys traveling, yoga, running, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.