John's story resonates with the current trends in global education, where international teaching positions are in high demand. The conversation underscores the need for educators to adapt to diverse cultural and educational environments. It also highlights the value of continuous professional development and networking within the international education community.
Ultimately, the interview serves as a compelling narrative of the transformative potential of international teaching and the diverse paths that educators can pursue. John's journey offers valuable insights and practical advice for aspiring international educators, making it a worthwhile listen for anyone considering a career in global education.
This interview was recorded originally on May 5, 2023. Since then, Anna and her husband have moved and settled into UNIS in Hanoi. Her website has been published!
https://www.enhancedwellbeing.org/teachers Click on the link and browse her site while you listen to this fantastic episode. You can thank us later for introducing her to the world of International Education! Really! This is one to share out!
Anna, a certified psychologist hailing from Ireland, is currently making a significant impact in the realm of international teaching while residing in Sri Lanka. Drawing from her own life as the wife of an international teacher, Anna intimately understands the challenges faced by educators in this unique lifestyle. As an experienced psychologist, she seamlessly blends her corporate world expertise with her passion for supporting international teachers, creating a safe and empathetic space for clients to discuss and navigate the diverse issues they encounter. Anna's commitment to providing a purposeful and goal-oriented approach reflects her firsthand knowledge of the intricacies of the profession, making her an invaluable resource for those seeking guidance in the dynamic world of international education. Having experienced her own crisis during her time teaching overseas without a mentor, Anna is uniquely positioned to fill the void she once faced, offering much-needed advice and support to others in similar situations.
You will want to stick around until later in the show when she shares the ultimate, scary police story!
This is an episode you will want to share with teachers in your life.
James Joubert is the Head of School at the Curaçao American Preparatory School on the beautiful Caribbean island of Curaçao. He is originally from South Africa, so Greg asks him to verify the rumor of why elephants are on the Amarula Bottle - elephants get drunk off the ripe amarula fruit. (Don't believe it? Watch this! We googled it right after recording this episode. Funny, but actually just an entertaining myth.)
All this talk about alcohol required us to list this as *explicit content. Ahem. We are all educators so we have don't need the kiddos listening to the fact that teachers and administrators are actually "human" and "partake" once in a while.
James is an inspirational educational leader that has been overseas for over two decades and has the stories to prove it. This is a candid discussion full of laughter and joy. Join us and listen to James explain why international educators should always wear pajamas to bed and what it's like to meet incoming expatriate teachers at the airport arrivals.
If you love children's picture books, you need to listen to this episode! International educator, A.G. Allen, joins us from Mallorca, Spain to laugh and tell the story behind her best selling children's book. Every teacher needs a copy of her book and every parent should read this to their children.
Enjoy a copy of her book.
There Are Dinosaurs in the Library!
by Ag Allen (Author), Octavio Cordova (Illustrator)
Other links mentioned in this episode:
A.G.'s website: AGAllen.me
Find an illustrator like Octavio Cordova on UpWork.com .
Reach out to A.G. Allen via email: email@example.com
The cohosts of the International Teacher Podcast are Gregory Lemoine, Matt Judd, Kent Arimura, and Jacqueline P. Mallais.
Amaris left the USA in 2010 as a single woman for her first year of teaching, on a whim. Korea, North Carolina, married with Kids in Egypt. Listen as we dig deep into her experiences as an American Woman of Color teaching overseas. This is an excellent episode to listen to!
Amaris Miller is currently an ESOL consultant.
Follow on her social media:
The Merge Consulting Website
A quote from her website: "The Merge Consulting, LLC is a Black owned, woman owned consulting firm which was birthed out of the merge of foundational literacy and ESOL best practices."
“Young man”, he said “I have traveled 5,000 miles to give you possibly the opportunity of a lifetime. If you have those to squander, more power to you!”
In 1977, Keith Boniface left for the “beaches” of Tripoli to teach overseas. He is now on his seventh official retirement after 39 years overseas. Keith, “his excellency”, had to actually write a list of the positions he’s held because it’s so varied.
Not only was he a teacher, Keith was a Principal for 12 years in multiple international schools and traveled to schools all over the world as an School Accreditation team member.
Here are the important links from topics Keith mentioned in this episode:
PTC -The Principal Training Center- https://www.theptc.org/
Some of the Accreditation Organizations International Schools Seek
We have discussed this before, but now we have added a bright new cohost. Jacqueline of JPMint joins our team with many years of overseas experiences, not only with a woman's perspective, but as a Canadian, a veteran international teacher, an administrator, a recruitment coach, and a consultant for international teachers.
JP starts off by quizzing the boys on what makes a great candidate but doesn't hesitate to join in with Kent making fun of Greg.
JP has pushed us into the old world of FaceBook with our new group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/itpexpat and Kent promises to join his cat on an ITP TikTok.
Enjoy the show.
Welcome to an episode unlike our others. Greg interviews Camila Duarte about her experiences as an International Teacher from Brazil, teaching at a charter school in Brazil. This was recorded in May 2023 as she was wrapping up her five year stint as a visual arts teacher (under a J1 Visa). This was lunch break for her at a charter school in Fayetteville, NC. Now, as this airs, she is teaching somewhere in the Middle East. Yes, we will do a follow up show with her about her third cultural teaching experience, which she landed through a Search Associates Job Fair. Enjoy and learn.
Camila is the creator of the website The Multicultural Education Project https://www.themulticulturaledproject.com/ Camila's Instagram Handle is @mscamilavasconcelos
Sybil Hall has is a mother, wife, International Teacher, financial freedom advocate, consultant, and brand new author. Visit her website at www.sybilhall.com while you listen to this episode. Teachers, both overseas and in the USA will learn so much from her! Burn Bright, Not Out is a brilliant new book from Sybil Hall. We talk about the book to light your candles!
We have started off the new school year with a new casual chat episode. We set aside the video chat, headphones, and desktop mics to use our lapel mics and comfy chairs in a fireside chat format.
In this episode, Kent digs deeper into the "10 Reasons NOT to be an International Teacher" from Greg's book, Finding the Right Fit.
Reaching out from Boston and Las Vegas, Georgia and Christine have a discussion with Greg about life balance. [Their] Making the Grade podcast is for current and former teachers to share notes, define success & assess their own happiness in the classroom and beyond.
Join us as we play "this or that", a game that all teachers can relate to and navigate to the Making the Grade podcast or website to keep up with two former elementary teachers that have moved on to new, successful chapters in their careers.
This episode was originally recorded in May of 2023.
Listen to this joyful episode as Kent (the cat guy) and Greg (the single guy) interview David about Singapore, speaking Japanese, and a few exciting police stories.
Meet Ilonka, a German international teacher living in Cairo. She's been around the world. Greg meets her for the first time just three minutes before the interview. Listen in on the conversation as Ilonka shares her stories like being interviewed at a principal's house over a bottle of wine, dancing on the school desks (or not), and spending way too much money on real books. The opportunity to teach overseas is not just a well kept secret in the USA. It's a secret shared around the world.
Join us as we go behind the scenes of the Diversity Collective. Alan Phan and Aparna Sundaram, cofounders of the Diversity Collective, have each spent more than twenty years in international schools around the world. Navigate to their website as you listen: https://www.diversityfair.org/https://www.diversityfair.org/
The best written words to describe this dynamic duo are their website header: A Recruiting and Consulting Agency that Advances DiversityThe Diversity Collective, a POC-owned and operated organization, works to place exceptional leaders and educators in schools. As a facilitator between educators and partner schools committed to strengthening their leadership, we work to bridge the current diversity gap seen at schools around the world.
Beyond those meaningful words, listen to this episode and hear their voices.
Jason Lasky weaves his international stories together as only a playwright can. Join us for our discussion about theatre, teaching, family and so much more. Jason's passion is a chaos theory of sorts. Failure leads to failure leads to "Ahh!". Jason is a true renaissance man in the arts, a messenger of joy, and a father of three.
Here are just a few of the links to Jason's works:
Mary Noble is the Middle School Principle at American Community School of Beirut (ACS) in Lebanon. Her message is for teachers not to "burn out". Don't leave the career of teaching unless you have explored the benefits of the overseas experience. Mary has taught in Alaska, Thailand, Oregon, Egypt, Dubai, and now in Lebanon. She was a single mom for some of the time and moved between the USA and overseas several times. Listen to this episode and learn from this amazing educator.
This is the first episode of a series focusing on Dillan and Valerie, a teaching couple new to international. They began their journey back in 2022 when they began their research and signed a contract. Once they arrive in their new country and have taught a bit through the 2023-24 school year, they will record another episode with us and check in about their experiences. We hope you enjoy hearing about the beginning of their journey.
In this episode, meet Dian Seidel. She is a newly published author of Kindergarten at 60: A Memoir of Teaching in Thailand. You can pre-order her book on Amazon now, or after you hear this exciting interview. Imagine at age 60, after retiring from Governmental Science career, you decide you want to give back to society by teaching adults. Then add a twist and decide to teach somewhere outside of the comfort of your own country. Finally, when you arrive to teach, your students are the exact opposite of adults. Listen in.
"Teacher Dian" and "Teacher Steve" are the epitome of ACTIVE RETIREMENT.
Enjoy this episode.
Welcome to our 50th episode of the International Teacher Podcast. It is also our 2 year anniversary. We welcome back Jacqueline Mallais, the founder of JPMint Consulting, for her second guest appearance on our show. Jacqueline has established herself as a consultant extraordinaire for current and soon-to-be international teachers. Listen in as she celebrates her successes and future goals. At some point, JP orchestrates a TikTok challenge with Greg the single guy.
This is a must listen episode for any international teacher that is ready to move on to their next school, any current teachers thinking about going abroad to teach, and all pre-service teachers that aren't sure whether international teaching is meant for them.
Congratulations Jacqueline! Your clients are lucky to have you as their coach.
Kent and Greg interview two international teachers currently in Spain and Thailand during their Gap Year. Kevin and Matt are the authors behind the best selling international teaching books dubbed "The New Normal" . This interview sheds light on how they co-authored both books from opposite ends of the world, but still give credit to the other teachers that wrote the stories. All proceeds from their books go to the Children of Haiti. Join us to hear how they put it all together.
You want to read stories about international teachers around the world, so click over to Amazon and purchase these two books by Kevin Duncan and Matt Minor:
The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers
The New Normal Vol. II
About this Episode
Meet the Tech Guru that created freetech4teachers.com over almost two decades ago. Richard was freezing in Maine while we recorded this. He is a proud father, teacher, guest speaker, and technology whiz that empowers teachers world-wide. Take one of his online courses if you want to beef up your classroom tech skills. He focuses on a lot of free technology. Join us as we share stories about customs and famous people, trends in educational technology, and oil trucks.
Some of the Links from this discussion:
Ed Tech Gurus Richard Mentions
Gary Stager http://professorgarystager.com/about-gary
Vicki Davis. https://www.coolcatteacher.com/about-vicki-davis/
Beth Holland - https://brholland.com/
Free: The Future of a Radical Price (2009) by Chris Anderson
Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (2020 reprint) Pedalling to Kailash: Cycling Adventures and Misadventures Across the Roof of the World by Graydon Hazenberg (2021)
Video: Visual Rubrics - Part 1: Getting Started by Greg Kulowiec
App Creation Software/Website: MIT APP Inventor 2
Video Game Creation Webtool: Construct 3 (Free & Paid Versions)
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Join us as Kent interviews Greg the Single Guy about his experiences at the ISS (International School Services) International Educator Recruiting Fair of 2023 in that was held in Washington D.C. from February 9 - 12. Is Greg leaving the desert? How many Candidates were at the fair? Greg has a few funny stories and a scary US Customs story to share. ISS Job Fairs Website
In this episode, Kent and Greg interview Data Specialist and famous author, Matthew B. Courtney, about tools for teachers to access and interpret the real data collected in the classroom. According to Matthew, "Working with data can be hard, but it doesn't have to be!"