“This is my path, and I went on that path!” ~Robin Heslip, Superintendent of ACS Abu Dhabi, is my next guest on iTeachOverseas podcast. The talented Andy DesRoches from American School of Dubai is also featured.
In November, I got the opportunity to interview Robin Heslip, Superintendent of ACS Abu Dhabi and a 31-year veteran of international education at the Global Recruitment Fair http://www.grcfair.com. (https://twitter.com/grcfair?lang=en)
A big thanks goes out to Craig Johnson (https://twitter.com/c_alan_johnson) ,Mario Fishery (https://twitter.com/mariofishery) and the wonderful staff at the American School of Bombay(https://twitter.com/asbindia?lang=en), who have been the main organizers of the GRC Fair and work hard to put on this truly global event.
This carpet connoisseur from Lacrosse Wisconsin has been an educator in every region of the world and she has some great words of advice for all of us. Our conversation began with a discussion about her decision to retire from international education.
Our tip this podcast comes from Liz Asper a lower primary grade 2 teacher from Hong Kong International School(https://twitter.com/hkis?lang=en). When acclimatizing to a new country,
spend some of your school breaks exploring where you live and resist the itch to travel every break. It will help you quickly connect and transition to your new home. Liz also recommends if you can make friends outside of school…do it. Non-teaching friends can help give you relief from school talk and keep your international school bubble in check.
Robin was so much fun to interview that I could have asked her so much more but her busy Superintendent job kept us from learning more about her experiences overseas. Maybe one day soon we can visit her in Florida, watch a sunset and drink some Mint tea and share some stories.
Even if you are new to international teaching, you’ve probably realized that international educators are some of the most talented people you will meet both inside and outside of the classroom. In this next segment, I’m calling on all of our creative colleagues to send me their talents.
Andy DesRoches is one of those fascinating and talented individuals. Andy has spent 15+ years traveling the world with his wife Rebecca DesRoches. This former baptist minister from Eastern Canada has spent time in Portugal, Mozambique, and Kenya. Andy began his World History teaching career in Saudi Arabia and currently works at the American School of Dubai (https://twitter.com/asdubainews?lang=en) in the United Arab Emirates. When he’s not teaching, you can find Andy playing the guitar or electric bass in school musicals and writing his own music. Here is Andy playing the guitar.
That was Andy DesRoches from the American School of Dubai. Send your talents to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to iteachoverseas.com/support. It could be music you have written; an audio performance of your teacher band; poetry you have created; works of art or maybe you want to talk about the book you have written. I want to feature your work on iTeachOverseas and share your talents with the international community.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Global Recruitment Fair – grcfair.org
Craig Johnson – (https://twitter.com/c_alan_johnson)
Mario fishery – (https://twitter.com/mariofishery)
Liz Asper – Hong Kong International School
Kinshasa Zaire – Democratic Republic of Congo
Rabat American School, Morocco
University of Oregon – PHD
International School of Kuala Lumpur
American Community School of Abu Dhabi