Questions for Getting to Know You: Lisa Rheinberg
Where would you call home?
I was born in Iowa in the United States, but left after college for Japan and never looked back! I’m now a naturalized British citizen so home is probably where my husband and I have our house and where our older kids first started school - Reigate, Surrey, in the UK.
What languages can you speak?
Well enough to have a conversation? English (debatable according to my very British husband!), Spanish and Japanese. Well enough to order a cup of coffee and make myself understood in a crisis? In order of increasing levels of shambles – French, German, Polish and Dutch.
What brings you to Warsaw and what was your journey to get here?
My husband Jason works for the British Embassy and we came here last year (2018) on a four year posting. Before now, we were living in the UK for four years, and before that in Brussels, South Africa, and Japan as well. I’ve also studied abroad in Spain and Mexico.
Our literal journey here was quite an adventure – we decided to drive all the way from our house in Reigate, England! People thought we were mad, and after 3 days in the car with small children I think they may have been right. We did see some wonderful things along the way though and got to see a dear friend of mine in Brussels on our first overnight stop.
Who have you got at school here?
Benjamin (Ben) in Year 5 Venus, and Alexandra (Lexie) in Year 3 Butterflies
Any other children?
Harrison (Harry) who is 3 and will be starting at DAB next year.
No, but ask me again after Christmas.
How did you get involved in the PTA?
I knew I wanted to get involved as I volunteered at the kids’ school back in the UK and really enjoyed it. But I was doing a course and didn’t want to do too much. So I started out as an ad hoc volunteer and stepped up to become a class friend in October as they were having trouble finding someone.
What do you do with the PTA?
I help manage the Lost Property team and am a Class Friend for Venus.
Best thing about volunteering with the PTA?
Getting to know so many lovely people and feeling like I’m making a contribution to the school. It’s also a great way to get to know what is happening behind the scenes and to stay on top of the school year schedule.
What would you say to somebody thinking about volunteering for the PTA?
Join us and do what you can, even if it’s a one-off effort. The team here is fantastic and really well organized, and there is very little pressure to get “sucked in” if you don’t want to do more than that.
What’s your favourite thing to do with your family in Warsaw?
We love cycling along the Wistula – so much to see and great exercise, not to mention the ice cream reward for the kids at the end of it. We’re also big fans of the breakfast markets in the summer and the National Stadium ice skating rink in the winter.
Can you tell us a joke?
Here’s my son Ben’s favourite:
Q: What’s duck’s favourite dip?
And one in Spanish:
Q.?Que hace un pez?
A: Pues, nada.
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