Hello Glimpsers!

It’s happening soooooooooo soon!!!! We are very excited to meet you guys and learn more about the world together! Our program coordinators, Andrea and Paul, and the rest of the in-country team have put together a phenomenal learning experience full of adventure and growth opportunities to push us out of our comfort zone, expand our worldview, enrich our perspectives, and develop our leadership.  We are your trip GGLs (Global Glimpse Leaders)!

I’m Chris Biddix. I am a 10th grade Geometry teacher/soon-to-be Assistant Dean of Culture at Pritzker College Prep on the west side of the city. I am originally from North Carolina, attended Liberty University majoring in Cultural Studies and Linguistics, and later pursued my Masters of Education. I spent 2 years working for a youth leadership training organization, and then 3 years teaching on the Lakota reservation in South Dakota before moving to teach in Chicago in 2016.  I have been traveling the globe on similar service-learning projects as Global Glimpse for the past 12 years which have allowed me to visit more than 15 countries to meet and learn from some amazing communities. I am so excited for us to have this life transforming experience this summer. In my free time you can find me biking, exploring restaurants and coffee shops in the city, or relaxing at home with my wife and doodle binging amazing shows like GoT and KUWTK.

I’m Kristen Wallrab, one of your GG leaders this summer and I’m looking forward to meeting you all and sharing this experience together!  I have been teaching French for 17 years at Highland Park High School. I grew up in a Chicago suburb, went to school at University of Wisconsin at Madison to study International Relations, Political Science, and French.  Things to know about me: I inherited the travel bug early from my parents and love experiencing new places, cultures, foods, and languages. I enjoy sports, yoga, going to concerts, Chicago winters and summers, discovering new restaurants with friends, and spending time with my family in Wisconsin. You will find me taking a lot of pictures on our trip so don’t be shy!  I’ll be packing my open mind and my sense of adventure and humor, and I hope you will too!

Fun Fact about Chris and Kristen….. We traveled together with Global Glimpse in June 2017 to Nicaragua. Check out this picture of us overcoming fear on a high ropes course over a coffee plantation near Granada. We had such a great time leading our students and hanging out in Granada, so we came back for round 2!  

We will be sending a couple emails and giving you guys a call in the next couple weeks to connect briefly, so please reply to your email and ANSWER YOUR PHONE….it won’t be a text…an ACTUAL PHONE CALL…weird, right?! We just want to give you a few additional details and answer any questions you or your parents may have. We look forward to working together this summer with such amazing young leaders!

Hasta luego,

Chris and Kristen