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Greg’s First International Teacher Interview

December 16, 2016 Today is the day: Greg’s first international teacher interview. It just also happens to be the coldest day of ever. Of course. The Twin Cities are under severe wind chill advisories with temperatures hovering around -16F. Brr. Also, unfortunately, Greg’s 2pm interview is during the Packer-Bears game. He doesn’t seem to think much about that, which is a clear sign he is pretty nervous. We spent loads of time pouring over the perfect…

Fishing for schools

December 2016 I feel like we are fishing for schools! There haven’t been too many job postings on ISS. It’s early though. Most teachers do not need to let the schools know about their intention to leave until after the holiday break. I am surprised at how many openings there are in places we have essentially ruled out. Everybody keeps asking which countries we want to go. We decided NOT to choose a specific place because…

To IB or Not to IB?

November 31, 2016 So much is happening all at the same time. After the ISS iFair, we really began to realize that in order to be taken seriously by international schools, Greg would need to be a certified IB teacher. International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. After doing…

Navigating an ISS iFair

November 19, 2016 Greg set his alarm for 6:00am to see if his ISS rep responded to his request to join the iFair. There was no reply, so we continued to sleep in. A few hours later I got up to learn more about the database. Greg’s email was still up from the night before and I noticed that his ISS rep replied to him just after 7:00am. Now it was nearly 10:00am! The fair…

Step one: Acceptance

our ISS acceptance story November 18, 2016 Waiting for a response has been difficult. But, Greg shared the following note with me today! Dear Greg, This is Ashley and I am very excited to tell you that your ISS recruiting status is now ACTIVE! The ISS Global Community welcomes you!  Before I begin I must tell you that Katrina’s Partner Statement is the best EVER!  I could not stop smiling!  I am so excited for you…

My new role as the “Dependent”

November 10-11, 2016 Earlier this week Greg (finally) submitted his ISS application! Even though I knew this was the first step toward finding an international teaching position, I admittedly expected the application to be our biggest hurdle. Ha! #naive. Applying as a single teacher is one thing, applying as a teaching couple is preferred, but applying as a married teacher with a non-teaching spouse is a pretty daunting task. Thats me, the non-teaching spouse, and…

What She Said: ISS application submission

…a snippet from our application submission process… October 2016 Getting back into the swing of school has taken over our lives. Time has definitely gotten away from me.  John sent us an article which highlighted the fact that the demand for international teachers is on the rise. Hopefully, this means our timing is right! John has answered so many of our questions about how to navigate the foreign world of finding a job overseas. He has helped…

What She Said: The Beginning

August 2016 Alright. We’ve made the decision. It’s time for another adventure. Where do we go from here? September 2016 A new school year has started for Greg and has officially consumed all of his time, energy, and focus. It’s always a challenge getting back into the swing of things. Since he is the “teacher” and “the one” who will ultimately get “the job” overseas, and since this was all originally “my long-term goal,” I…

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