Candidate Stories

Candidate Stories

The Many Roles of Duncan Kaiser

The Many Roles of Duncan Kaiser

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and the quarantine began, Duncan Kaiser was between appointments in international schools within Switzerland. Having been hired as EAL Coordinator for Middle…

A Global Perspective: Home Is Wherever We Live at the Time

A Global Perspective: Home Is Wherever We Live at the Time

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 Dar Es Salaam. Prior to that, she had worked in…

The Morris Family: Extending the Adventure

The Morris Family: Extending the Adventure

This year, Justin and Claire Morris completed their 13th year as international educators, three at Dubai American Academy and 10 at American International School - Riyadh. The pandemic did not…


 
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...


 
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)...

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Nick Kendell has worked in Asia, Australia, and Africa as an educator and administrator.