Let's talk about Professional Development for Leadership. Our guest, Dr. Renata McFarland is a breath of fresh air and has so much to share. Join us as we discuss the importance of student learning, empowering local teachers in international schools, and how your school can bring Dr. McFarland to your international school for professional development.
Dr. McFarland already has a vast following, but thrives on "paying it forward". You can reach out to her on LinkedIn or visit her website at: https://www.internationaleducationalconsultant.com/
You can also enroll in the popular International Education Program (M.Ed. ) and enjoy her as a professor through Endicott College.
The Cat Guy and JPMint get deep into Latin America with Mark Webber. With over 23 years in the Latin American teaching arena, Mark has a lot of advice for new and veteran teachers. Not only is Mark active as a teacher and administrator - he also runs a consulting business - FREE to teachers wanting to discover Latin America.
Mark can be found at www.webbersed.com
The Proboscis Monkey
Kim mentions going to Borneo to see the orangutans and the proboscis monkeys. We just HAD to include a picture of a proboscis for you.
We also generated a simple map of the countries Kim and Robin visited on their trip.
See the ITP generated map here.
Kim is an international teacher that has taught in the North Western USA, Vietnam, Guatemala, and now in Thailand. Kim and her wife, Robin, took a year off to travel to 36 countries in 365 days. Kim joins us from Chang Mai, Thailand to share their amazing trip.
Hear about lots of food, proboscis monkeys, and KEENs. Kim and Robin have proven you only need to carry what is necessary - like handy wipes, just two t-shirts, and a trusty pair of keens. From the words of the famous Anthony Bourdain: "Be a traveler, not a tourist."
See an ITP map of their entire trip.
You can reach out to Chris in Bucaramanga, Colombia via Linked In @ linkedin.com/in/chris-lang-460347b6
Isn't that a fun word to say? Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga!
While you are Linked, here are two cohost profiles too:
The second half of this New Years show is a roundtable (except Matt, who doesn't like New Years) of stories from around the world. Kent drinks Jack Daniels with older Grecians in Greece. Greg skips up to Canada. JP dons her mint colored Kimono and parades through the streets of Tokyo.
Visit Amazon and add Greg's second book to your arsenal of research before you interview. International Teacher: The Best-kept Secret in Education (In the Appendices, you will find a comprehensive list of great books and useful websites for your research)
Also mentioned in this episode, the UNI Overseas Teacher Fair 2024 is being held in Iowa from Feb 3-4.
The 2024 signature ISS Global Recruitment Fair is being held in New York this year! Feb 8-11. Sign up!
Halfway through the episode, Matt the Family Guy (who jointly founded and created this podcast in March 2021) joins us after a year and a half hiatus. What has he been doing? Has he just been in the basement hiding? Listen and find out.
Join the entire crew and laugh, laugh, laugh. Matt the Family Guy, JPMint, Kent - aka Santa Clause in some Middle Eastern countries, and Greg the Single Guy.
Season's Greetings from the International Teacher Podcast!
Currently Ricardo is not on the beaches of Kuwait. Those are still blocked off from Covid days. His expertise extends to being an International Baccalaureate (IB) Teacher and Examiner. On the podcast, Ricardo delves into his diverse experiences in teacher recruitment, global travels, language learning, and the unique challenges of teaching abroad, offering invaluable insights for educators worldwide.
In this podcast episode, we delve into the extraordinary global journey of Debbie, an international educator with a rich multicultural background. Born in Peru to a Japanese-Peruvian father and a Japanese-Brazilian mother, Debbie's life journey is a remarkable tale of cultural fusion and adaptation. Her early years were spent in Brazil, where she was raised and educated.
Debbie's career in education began in North Carolina, USA, as part of the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) program, which brought educators from around the world to American schools. Her next career move took her to Turkey, where she taught Spanish at Koc International School and Uskudar American Academy. However, the political instability due to a coup d'état prompted her to leave Turkey after an eight-year tenure.
Her career path then led her to Myanmar, another destination she had not previously considered. Debbie's five-year tenure in Myanmar was marked by profound experiences, including living through the COVID-19 pandemic and another coup d'état. She speaks candidly about these challenges and the resilience and unity displayed by her students, who came from diverse backgrounds, including some from military families.
Debbie's journey then took a turn back to Brazil, where she transitioned to remote teaching. Currently, she is based in Abuja, Nigeria, but maintains a strong connection to Myanmar, frequently traveling back, especially in times of unrest, such as during incidents involving Boko Haram.
This episode offers a glimpse into Debbie's inspiring journey as an international teacher, highlighting her adaptability, resilience, and the unique experiences that come with teaching in diverse cultural and political landscapes. Her story is a testament to the power of education in uniting people from different backgrounds and the hope it brings for the future.
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.
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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cohosts of the International Teacher Podcast are Gregory Lemoine, Matt Judd, Kent Arimura, and Jacqueline P. Mallais.
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."
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
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.
Camila is the creator of the website The Multicultural Education Project https://www.themulticulturaledproject.com/ Camila's Instagram Handle is @mscamilavasconcelos
In this episode, Kent digs deeper into the "10 Reasons NOT to be an International Teacher" from Greg's book, Finding the Right Fit.
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.