Faculty Summer Spotlight: Leah Boch, World Languages Department Chair

For Leah Boch, summer means two things: the culmination of months of dedicated endurance training and five weeks in Spain. A Spanish teacher at The White Mountain School and an avid endurance athlete, Leah is intentional about carving out time in the summer to embrace experiences that are deeply inspiring, personally gratifying, and a healthy challenge!

Leah closed out the month of June as she has done for the past few years, by competing in the annual White Mountains Triathlon in nearby Franconia, NH. Leah completed the Half Iron(wo)man distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run) in an impressive time of 6 hours, 41 minutes. Hours after her race, she jumped on a plane from Boston to Spain where she is spending her summer working with School Year Abroad, a high school study abroad program with over 50 years of experience connecting students to culturally-enriching experiences in China, France, Italy, and Spain. Leah’s work will focus on a five-week program in Zaragoza, Spain, where she will spend her days teaching language classes in the morning and engaging in activities with students in the afternoon.

As a Spanish teacher, Leah is grateful for the experience of living, teaching, and exploring within a culture that is so deeply tied to her teaching opportunities at White Mountain. When not teaching or engaging with students in the local culture, Leah has found time to do the thing she loves most: spending time outside. She writes, “I have been taking advantage of being abroad to connect with friends and to enjoy the mountains of Spain. I have spent time in the Pyrenees, hiking and canyoneering, and most recently I just returned from a weekend in Madrid where I spent time climbing in Cotos”.

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