The seventh graders from Emery Weiner School in Houston had just finished a swamp tour, and traffic from the West Bank to Uptown was horrendous. But history teacher Lea Kaminstein was not about to let the group’s annual spring break trip to New Orleans end without a visit to Tulane University.
Tulane alumna Lea Kaminstein gives a tour of the Tulane uptown campus to her seventh grade class during the Houston group’s annual spring break trip to New Orleans. (Photo by Sally Asher)
“I thought it would be fun for the students to see what a college campus looks like,” said Kaminstein, who graduated from Tulane in 2009. “As a teacher, it is important to make sure kids are thinking about their future no matter how old they are.”
Two charter buses pulled into Gibson Circle more than an hour later than Kaminstein had planned. With help from her fellow teachers, she quickly led the group through the Gibson Quad, pointing out various academic buildings and sharing stories about her time at Tulane, where she majored in political science and minored in history.
The tour was supposed to have included a stop at the bookstore, but with the group due at Mid-City Rock ’n’ Bowl for an evening of fun, they had to cut their campus visit short.
“I think they thought the campus was really beautiful,” Kaminstein said. “Some of them were asking me a lot of questions about where my classes were and where people live, which was cool because it showed an interest on their part in what goes on at college.”
Tulane is no stranger to Emery Weiner School. Over the years, dozens of graduates have enrolled at Tulane, and many parents are Tulane alumni, Kaminstein said. When the times comes for this group to apply to college, she said, she hopes they consider Tulane.
“I love when my students end up going to Tulane,” she said. “I’m obviously biased, so I get that bug in them early.”