Candidate Stories

Candidate Stories

A Small World

A Small World

Brian Devine grew up in rural America, but his first experience in international schools happened in 1995 at the age of 12, when his father, a history professor and Director of the American Heritage…

Lucia Mangolo: Education Takes You Places

Lucia Mangolo: Education Takes You Places

This August, Lucia Mangolo is fulfilling her dream to move abroad; she’s heading to Kuwait for her first international teaching job at Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS). Research about opportunities…

Ijanaya Jacob-Brown: A Model of Resilience and Creativity

Ijanaya Jacob-Brown: A Model of Resilience and Creativity

Ijanaya Jacob-Brown is not only finishing her school year and two-year contract at Khartoum International Community School, Sudan (KICS), but she is also organizing paperwork required for a Belgian…


 
Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 | May 29, 2020

Schools on five continents, and the many thousands of teachers who teach there, are weathering the pandemic --which has peaked at different...


 
When Tiffany Washington Found the Right Agency | May 14, 2020

The desire to move overseas to teach, explore different places, and new cultures leaves you breathless—with excitement, eagerness, and surely...


 
For Phyllis Schlich, It’s Now or Never | April 22, 2020

When veteran Advanced Placement Literature and Composition teacher Phyllis Schlich attended International Baccalaureate (IB) training in New...


 
The Unstoppable Valerie Muckleroy | March 31, 2020

Having grown up overseas, Valerie Muckleroy has always wanted to return to the international life. For the last 43 years, however, she has made...


 
The Time is Right for Todd Gribbon | March 10, 2020

In June 2001, Todd Gribbon and his wife Liz were excited about their move to Lahore, Pakistan. He had just begun his first international post...


 
Brian Higginson: Keeping it Fresh | March 2, 2020

What keeps a teacher, at any age, feeling energized? Search Associates Candidate Brian Higginson, 69, will tell you: “That feeling of making...


 
John Gangi: Pursuing His Passion | February 11, 2020

In his 17 years of teaching, John Gangi has become an invaluable teacher and candidate. His career path was initially forged from watching role...


 
Jake and Kay Land Dream Jobs, Again! | January 15, 2020

Senior Associate John Ritter and his office partner Susan Ritter—like other Associates who work with U.S. candidates—receive quite a few applications...


 
Tommi Svinhufvud: Becoming International | December 22, 2019

Even at a young age, Tommi Svinhufvud had a penchant for organizing activities and games for other children. By high school, his teachers were...


 
A Year Off for International Service Work | December 7, 2019

Jenny and Aaron Christman are celebrating their 20th anniversary in a most unusual way. They have taken their children, ages five and eight,...


 
The Personal Touch: A World of Support | November 24, 2019

Search Associates’ (SEARCH) personal touch extends beyond your placement at an international school. Your Associate cares about how you settle...


 
The Batchelders: Finding the Right Fit | November 16, 2019

Landing an international teaching position can be a dream come true. With decades of experience, the associates at Search Associates (SEARCH)...


 
Teaching Couple with Chihuahuas Bound for China | October 26, 2019

After nine years as overseas educators in Dubai, David and Jenn Platt are packing their babies— Jo and Rupert —and heading to China! The...


 
Candidate David Noga is on the Move! | October 9, 2019

David Noga earned his first academic degree in consumer science. He never considered a career in education—though teaching has been in his family...


 
Hope and Nate: Rocking it in the U.S. and Abroad | September 15, 2019

Hope Teague-Bowling calls herself bossy. So when she says she has wanted to teach abroad since grad school, we understand that her significant...


 
The Watsons: Happy Third Culture Family | August 15, 2019

The Watsons may seem like your average family—but this third culture household is traveling the world while making a difference! Together abroad,...


 
Mark, Kirsty, & Kids: Overseas Educators over the Moon! | July 15, 2019

As a teaching couple, Mark Bowyer and Kirsty Green began their careers in New Zealand as Heads of Department in Physical Education and Humanities,...

Did You Know…?

Search Associates is a family-owned business founded by John Magagna, former international educator. After working with her father for ten years, daughter Jessica Magagna is now CEO.