week 14 monday. Teaching in China (after Korea)
I moved to Beijing in August after my contract was over in Korea. I am currently working in a bilingual school as a kindergarten teacher. In some ways, it feels as though it is my first year of teaching. In Korea I was an English teacher at a middle school. As much as I like living in Korea, being an English teacher was not completely fulfilling. People did not really take the job seriously, and there was no room for growth.
Life in Beijing is interesting. We have to deal with insane pollution, but otherwise it is quite an exciting city. I am so busy here!
Another person from the U of I is on the Education team. Her name is Sunny. Recently a group of elementary education students from U of I visited and observed my class and asked me questions. I believe they are trying to encourage students from the university to come over to China after graduation. It was pretty awesome to be a part of that.
Stephanie Nuno, 10.
Stephanie Nuno, 10
My husband and I continue to travel quite a bit and our next stop is Italy in March. Definitely looking forward to that one! We are looking to starting a family. So, many things to look forward to and adventures to come...
Sarah Capiak and I frequently recall our memories from the cohort and 262. Monica Imig is also doing well. We keep in touch still too. Jennifer Ostrowski-Dudek, 08
I truly value my Early Childhood education. I am incredibly prepared for student teaching, even though I have been in the classroom for only 3 weeks! Reassure the new cohorts that, yes, it seems like a lot of work and a lot of hours to put in at this point in their education, but it all pays off. They will feel much more at ease when their elementary student teaching placement rolls around and they jump right into the swing of things!