Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I am an Ohio blogger!

I am an Ohio blogger!  Though, I currently teach in Guatemala and I was born and raised in Illinois!  I went to college in Ohio and fell in love with the area.  My dream job is to return to Ohio to teach.  I have linked up at Fifth in the Middle.  There you will find blogs organized by state.

As I mentioned above and in my profile, I am currently teaching English as a Second Language to poor and orphaned children at a boarding school in Guatemala.  It has been an amazing experience so far.  The thing that has impressed me the most is how eager the students are to learn.  The year is almost over and yet they are still overly eager.  Every day I have students ask if it is their class' day for English class.  (Yes, they all know the schedule we have kept since the beginning of the year).  They even ask to have classes on Saturdays!  In a subconscious way, these young children know that getting an education is a privilege in their country. The more these students learn, the more opportunities they will have for the rest of their lives.  I am humbled to be their teacher and I have changed as a result of my experience here.
Teaching in a different culture has helped me hone my personal teaching style as I have had to think deeply about the ways in which my teaching style is different from the traditional teaching style here.  Perhaps more about teaching style in a later post!
I officially welcome you to my blog!  I am looking forward to the community we will make here that will stretch from state to state and around the world!


  1. I'm so glad I found your blog through TpT. How wonderful to see the positive impact you have on the students you work with!

    (BTW, I would love to "follow" along with your Guatemalan adventures, if you add a followers widget.)


  2. Thank you for your comment. Did I add the correct widget?

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    2. Wow! What a wonderful experience teaching in Guatemala must be! I only moved to a new state when I first started teaching, I can't imagine being in a new country, as a new teacher. You are so dedicated and brave. You are truly making a difference. I found your blog on the TpT forums. I look forward to following your adventures as your newest follower!

    3. Thank you! It is when we take risk and get out of our comfort zone that we learn the most!