We first met on a brisk September day in 2009 on American soil… Brought together by chance and circumstance (we were both lost, looking for a picnic on a very large military base), a natural friendship was born through our shared love of teaching, orphans and blogging.
I am the newbie teacher (though I have a feeling I am going to be thinking that for many years to come)! This is my third year teaching, and even though I had my heart set on the fourth grade, I completely fell in love with second grade (which I taught for two years), and now I am teaching a dual kindergarten and first grade class. I plan on staying in South Korea for many years to come, and find myself acclimating to Asian culture nicely (I have no idea what I did with my hands in pictures before the ‘V’). I come from a family of nine; four boys and five girls. My parents really love each other^^ (and there is the Asian smiley face, see? I am basically Asian now), and my big family is my absolute favorite thing to talk about. Besides teaching I love going to church (yay, Jesus!), taking pictures (I am a photographer too, no big deal), writing (hence my love of blogging), traveling (I feel the need to include parenthesis even when I don’t need them), and spending quality time with good people. I am so excited you are here, at this blog, read on…!
I am the not so newbie teacher. This is my ninth year as a classroom teacher, and I can’t help but loving the profession more and more as time goes on. When I graduated Barnard College, a long time ago, I was eager and excited about having my own cozy elementary classroom in Manhattan. However, the reality was that there were not as many openings for the elementary classroom and I found myself in a dual language (Spanish & English) middle school teaching math. I didn’t mind teaching math, but little did I know what I was getting myself into. Despite dealing with huge class sizes, standardized testing and all the craziness of teaching in the public school system in NYC, I started to enjoy teaching middle school. I liked it enough to pursue a master’s degree in middle school education.
After 5 years of teaching in NYC, I was ready for a change. I decided to give the international teaching thing a shot, and moved to Seoul, Korea. I taught fifth grade and absolutely love it. It was a whole new set of challenges, teaching abroad and being in the elementary classroom. I’ve fallen in love with teaching reading and writing workshop, unpredictable fifth graders, and seeing the world outside NY. Now, I’m teaching at an international school in Singapore! We hope to share with you a glimpse of our lives here. Many thanks for stopping by our blog. Remember, two apples a day, will keep your students happy!