It feels tired and trite to drop the word "uncertainty" in casual conversation. I now cringe when I send messages to friends punctuated with the well-intended but cliched, "I hope you're doing well in these times of uncertainty." Let's whip out the thesaurus on 'em: "I hope you're finding peace in these volatile times." "I … Continue reading Year 3 Cruises To Uncertain Closure (Part One)
It’s amazing how fast life changes when we are busy making other plans. Less than six weeks ago, I was coasting toward the end of another successful semester at Namak High School. I signed my intention to renew several days prior. Then I read over a public message from the provincial native teacher coordinator - … Continue reading One More Year! (2019)
I can’t believe how fast 12 months can go. One year ago, Asiana Flight 207 touched down at Incheon International Airport. Strapped down and channeling my inner pack mule, I emerged into the sticky summer air. I physically gasped for air as I mentally gasped for clarity. I had no idea where I would … Continue reading One Year Down
I recently signed my “intention-to-renew” paperwork, nearly sealing my fate for one more year at Namak High School. While I penned these papers not long ago, I happily resigned myself to renewal months earlier. Four months into my Korean experience I began weighing my blessings and my blights. Blessings won in blowout fashion. The scoreboard … Continue reading One More Year!
One month into the new school year, I have substantially adjusted to my school’s many personnel and office changes. In Korea, teachers and other public officials are required to change venues every 3-5 years in an effort to promote educational equity and discourage corruption. Therefore, statistically speaking, 20-33% of my school’s teachers are brand new. … Continue reading New Year, Old School, Big Changes