Connections Abroad

Lisa Lyle and Amy Dove Represent MICDS in China

From St. Louis to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong, Head of School Lisa Lyle and Director of Development Amy McFarland Dove ’85 recently set out on a whirlwind trip to China. Their intent—to meet and connect with parents of current students, parents of alumni and alumni who reside there.

“For many years, we have welcomed Chinese students to learn and grow at MICDS,” said Ms. Lyle. “This was our first time traveling to China to develop stronger relationships with those families and alumni who have supported the School by sending us students of great promise. They are incredible ambassadors of our work and commitment to developing compassionate leaders of high academic achievement.”

The families and alumni they visited welcomed Ms. Lyle and Mrs. Dove warmly. At each stop, the Chinese hosts arranged for every detail, from visits to important sites to delicious tasting menus. With great pride and patience, their hosts shared important insight into the history of their country and their excitement about their connections to MICDS. During their time in China, families arranged visits to the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, China Construction Bank, Shanghai’s Bund, Yuyuan Garden, the Panda Sanctuary, a Chinese Opera and much more! Over wonderful meals that included both duck brain and birds nest soup, Ms. Lyle and Mrs. Dove came to more deeply appreciate Chinese hospitality, cuisine and culture.

While reflecting on dinner they had with groups of MICDS parents in Beijing and Shanghai, Ms. Lyle noted, “It was wonderful getting together with these parents. None of them had known each other prior— it felt like we formed a small MICDS parent network over dinner.” In Chengdu, Mr. and Mrs. Tu, parents of Mi Tu ’15, credited MICDS with the transformation of their daughter into the confident young undergrad she is today at Johns Hopkins. Mr. Tu has shared news of MICDS on Chinese websites, and a handful of those students enrolled today attribute their knowledge of MICDS to Mr. Tu.

Overall, Ms. Lyle and Mrs. Dove said the trip was extremely worthwhile. “We are already thinking about our next trip to China, where we hope to deepen our relationships with these and other engaged members of our MICDS community,” said Mrs. Dove.