Natalie Demers, Dean of academics at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, earned herself identification as a world traveler.
Born in Durban, South Africa, Natalie entered Colgate University in the United States in 1992. For the following eighteen years, she traveled to more than fifteen countries, not including her home country of South Africa.
“In South Africa, people love seeing the rest of world. After South Africans graduate from universities, they often spend one or two years traveling and living in other countries. Many tend to go to Australia, New Zealand or the UK. Others have traveled all over-America, Asia, Africa, and Europe,” said Natalie.
She further added, “One of my South African friends traveled to Vietnam, then Indian, China, Australia and the European countries….. When I was living and working in London, I shared an apartment with four of my former high school friends.”
Natalie followed the traveling tradition of South Africa. After graduating from Colgate University, she began her world traveling program. In the past eighteen years, she has been to Namibia, Swaziland, Lestho, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Canary Islands, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, the United States and Canada. As a result, on July 1st, 2006, she came to Stoneleigh-Burnham School.
“One reason for me to come to Stoneleigh-Burnham School was because there are lots of international students here. As an internationalist myself, I would like to work with internationalists and see different cultures,” Natalie said.
Speaking of the future plan, Natalie mentioned, “Next summer, I would like to go back to South Africa with my brother Mike, my husband, and my son Jack. I want to show my husband how beautiful South Africa is.”