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I am a mother of 3 boys, 2 teenagers and one toddler. I have been teaching for over 12 years. Taught in many different capacities in the Elementary school system. I have a passion for Reading and Math interventions. I enjoy working with children since they will one day be our future leaders. A solid foundation enhances any further learning one may strive to achieve during their life cycle. I believe a true leader/teacher never stops learning. I am currently teaching in the UAE, where I am teaching English to second language learners. I enjoy travelling, listening to music, reading, bowling, relaxing on a beach and exploring just to name a few.
TEACHING IN THE UAE.
I am A KG2 teacher with a co teacher, an AMT : meaning Arabic medium teacher. Of course we are referred to as EMT's. I decided to venture to teach in the UAE due to me having some experience with the culture many years ago and I wanted to get a better understanding of the culture and to have the experience of teaching ESL. The choice to teach aboard was not an easy one, having to uproot your life from what you have known for years and restart one has to be insane or adventurous. I will go with the latter, even though at times it does feel like I was insane. The key to this major transition is having a dynamic support from all involved. For me that meant my family, friends and also the recruiting company.
Footprints Recruiting company is more than just the name. Their personnel that are all apart of the team made you feel like you are so important and they were there every step of the way. If you had any questions, concerns or comments they made you feel at ease to express yourself. There were many moments when I had doubts and anxiety and I was able to email or call Alison at anytime and she would respond. They were efficient in delivering and relaying the information they have to you.
Teaching aboard will surely test you capacity of patience, flexibility and adaptability. We all want to think that we are open minded and can adjust to anything but many has come to the realization from been here that it is not true. To survive here , you cannot be overly sensitive and you must be able to stand up for yourself especially if you are a woman with out a spouse or partner here.
There are many challenges one face here as a western teacher. Some of those for me was:
1. Bringing over my children.
2. Not having a spouse here.
3. A woman/ an a woman of African descent.
4. The work ethics of the culture.
1. Experience in culture