If you're reading this blog, chances are you already know me. However, on the off chance that you've stumbled upon my page in your own research about teaching abroad, let me introduce myself.
I was born and raised in southern New Hampshire...about an hour north of Boston if you need some perspective (not everyone who lives in NH lives in the middle of nowhere!) I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in History in 2011, and continued with grad school to receive my Master's of Secondary Education in 2012.
Like most college graduates, once school was done I was left with that daunting megaquestion--now what?
That was when I first started to research international teaching jobs, and I instantly knew it was something I was interested in. After spending my life in NH, I knew that I needed to see something different. Don't get me wrong, I love NH, but it's a big world out there, and I want to see some of it before settling down for the rest of my life.
Although I knew I wanted to travel at some point, I unexpectedly landed a job teaching Social Studies at an awesome high school here in NH. I had an amazing (although challenging and exhausting!) year teaching, but my position was initially just for the year, and I wasn't sure about whether or not I would have a job for the following year.
This is where the complicated decision came in--I could either stay put in NH and hope that I would somehow have some sort of job security, or take the opportunity to do something totally different. Now, a large part of me wanted to do the safe thing and stay put in NH. However, I knew that I would ultimately end up regretting it if I missed my chance to see the world, so I mustered up my courage and elected to leave my life and career in the US behind to move to South Korea.
I now live in the small city of Mungyeong in the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, where I teach at three different schools--two elementary schools and one middle school.
My first year in Korea was one I'll never forget. Here's to hoping my second year is filled with just as much personal growth, self-discovery, and new experiences. I hope you enjoy following my stories and insight from my time in South Korea!