Candidate Stories

Candidate Stories

David Karayan: Following the Spark of Light

David Karayan: Following the Spark of Light

One month of teaching at a summer camp was enough to convince undergraduate David Karayan that math education was his calling. Twenty-four years later, he wouldn’t change a thing. He says, …

Charles Franklin II: Making the Right Choice

Charles Franklin II: Making the Right Choice

Two high school teachers made such an impact on his life that Charles Franklin II decided to become an educator himself. After five years of teaching Grade 5 in Texas, Charles was ready for a…

Teaching in International Schools: No Looking Back

Teaching in International Schools: No Looking Back

Over 18 years, Amos Owiti and his wife Martha Ojwang have taught in international schools in Kenya, Ethiopia, Singapore, China, and most recently, Thailand. As soon as Amos became aware of international…


 
Barbara Wrightson: Life, Love, and Learning on Three Continents | December 3, 2020

When Barbara Wrightson earned her B.A. in International Affairs, specializing in Russian and Eastern European Studies, she did not intend to...


 
Binita Dey: From India to Spain, Austria, and Myanmar | November 12, 2020

Growing up in New Delhi, Binita Dey was exposed to many different aspects of Hispanic cultures and people. Her father, a professor of Comparative...


 
Albina and Charles: Determined to Give Back | November 1, 2020

Albina Mululu and Charles Ochola, both children of educators, grew up basking in their parents’ joy when students and their families thanked...


 
Barika Andrews: From South Florida to Abu Dhabi | October 21, 2020

Growing up in South Florida, a region with a robust multicultural population, Barika Andrews understood that being part of a diverse community...


 
Matthew Tavares’ Dream Come True | October 11, 2020

Music teacher Matthew Tavares turned a yearning for home in Indonesia into a reality, and he made it happen through passion, focus, and a gratitude...


 
The Punjabis: An IB Family | September 30, 2020

After enjoying their two years at the International School of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, the Punjabis have relocated to the New Oriental Academy,...


 
The Many Roles of Duncan Kaiser | September 17, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and the quarantine began, Duncan Kaiser was between appointments in international schools within Switzerland....


 
A Global Perspective: Home Is Wherever We Live at the Time | September 7, 2020

Born in the U.S. and Spain, respectively, Andrea Plakmeyer and Rayesh Peswani met in Tanzania during her first year and his second teaching in...


 
The Morris Family: Extending the Adventure | August 21, 2020

This year, Justin and Claire Morris completed their 13th year as international educators, three at Dubai American Academy and 10 at American...


 
Jenna and Tanya: From Latvia to Brazil! | August 7, 2020

Teaching couple Jenna Heidel and Tanya Wienand finished their sixth year at International School of Riga, Latvia while preparing for their next...


 
Gita Gemuts: Life in the Time of Covid-19 | July 21, 2020

Gita Gemuts had only been at DSB International School (DSB), Mumbai for two weeks when the school received the city’s stay-at-home orders due...


 
A Small World | July 7, 2020

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,...


 
Lucia Mangolo: Education Takes You Places | June 23, 2020

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...


 
Ijanaya Jacob-Brown: A Model of Resilience and Creativity | June 8, 2020

Ijanaya Jacob-Brown is not only finishing her school year and two-year contract at Khartoum International Community School, Sudan (KICS), but...


 
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...

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