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.
“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.
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.
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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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!"