Candidate Stories

Candidate Stories

This International Family Moves from Joy to Joy

This International Family Moves from Joy to Joy

Jim O’Malley has been an international educator for all 21 years of his career. What has driven him all these years is the tremendous impact an educator can have on youth. More than two decades…

Maya Drezgic’s Truly International Family

Maya Drezgic’s Truly International Family

Maya Drezgic has been an international educator for her entire career—18 years, and counting! Born in what is current Serbia, Maya left her country just after the war to start her teaching…

Teaching I.T. Abroad: Samran Wiriyaphong’s Journey

Teaching I.T. Abroad: Samran Wiriyaphong’s Journey

When Samran Wiriyaphng (Sam) was in high school in his home country of Thailand, he faced a difficult time. Two groups of people helped him survive, his friends and his teachers. It was then…


 
International Teacher Beth Dagitses | September 19, 2018

As California teacher Beth Dagitses glanced at an ad online for an international school, she never imagined she would one day find herself traveling...


 
International Teachers Melanie and Christopher Dickerson | June 14, 2018

It’s June, and Melanie Dickerson feels buoyant after taking part in this year’s Graduation. It has been rewarding witnessing how much her students...


 
Francy Johnson’s International Journey | March 21, 2018

When Francy Johnson was young and teaching her two step-daughters to read, she had a Eureka moment: This is what I want to do with my life ....


 
The Hursts: A Teaching Couple's Journey | October 23, 2017

Graduating with teaching credentials, yet not finding a job is a common story in Canada, says Laura Guay Hurst. In Laura’s case, she earned a...


 
Lisa Jackson Lands Dream Job in Hong Kong | October 18, 2017

She’s been teaching—and loving it—for 12 years, but recently Lisa Jackson landed her ideal job in Hong Kong, one of her favorite places. And...


 
The Beattys: International Teaching Couple | August 15, 2017

After graduation from university where they met, Sarah and Michael took off for seven weeks to explore Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand....


 
High Fliers Jason and Liz Connect with Search Associates | July 11, 2017

One wintry morning at a coffee shop in Virginia, current Search Consultant and former Head of School Gunther Brandt recruited teachers Jason...


 
Overseas with Marc and Melanie Curless | June 20, 2017

With his mother and sister both teachers and his father a high school principal, Marc Curless could not avoid a career in education. The wanderlust...


 
Nina Keller: From Intern to Highly-Qualified International Teacher | November 30, 2016

Nina Keller was already living overseas when she landed her first international teaching assignment. She had just graduated with a BSc in Political...


 
Candidate Julie Gossett Seals the Deal | November 8, 2016

Julie Gossett has accepted her first overseas teaching position at The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) in Oman, and we think...


 
Music and Technology Guru Ryan Simonet | September 21, 2016

Ryan Simonet is a perfect example of the many international school educators who have found complete fulfillment in teaching. Born and raised...


 
Teaching Couple Whitney and Marc’s Lifetime of Adventure | August 1, 2016

Long before joining the world of international education, Whitney Kaulbach and Marc Gilbertson sought adventure. Whitney's college trip to post-communist...


 
Beverly Conway’s Dream Job Teaching Overseas | July 6, 2016

Beverly Conway unexpectedly became an educator twenty years ago, during her second year at university, when a close family friend asked Beverly...


 
A Third Leap for Andrea McLean! | June 27, 2016

Andrea McLean fought the feeling for a long time; for years, she ignored the signs that teaching was her calling. Throughout her life, she found...


 
Ciarán Cunningham-Watson’s Journey to Head of School | June 22, 2016

Ciarán Cunningham-Watson witnessed his father's rekindled enthusiasm for his work as an educator in the years before his retirement. His father...


 
International Head of School Giles Mongare | June 17, 2016

As a boy, Giles Mongare loved school, never missing a day. Though he enjoyed great relationships with his teachers, his passion for music, sports,...


 
Expert International Teacher: Garrett Walsh | June 10, 2016

Because Garrett Walsh has taught internationally for 25 years, he has witnessed its growing popularity and the explosion of teaching opportunities...

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Robert Barlas is the author of the Teaching Overseas Handbook.