Candidate Stories

Candidate Stories

Nancy Remondi: Embrace the Unexpected

Nancy Remondi: Embrace the Unexpected

Don’t worry Ma; it’s just for a year! These were the exact words Nancy Remondi used to reassure her sweet, immigrant Italian mother when she decided to join the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme…

Brittney Caldwell: “Let the Day Seize Itself!”

Brittney Caldwell: “Let the Day Seize Itself!”

Brittney Caldwell’s original plan was to take a steady job as a school paraprofessional in order to support a move to Atlanta to study law. But instead, she ended up “loving education so much”…

The Elgers: Improvisation is the Key

The Elgers: Improvisation is the Key

College Admission Officer Elizabeth Elger and aspiring Sports Broadcaster Joey Elger enjoyed aspects of their first careers, but the strain of completely different schedules led this fun-loving…


 
The Gardners Have Arrived | March 21, 2021

Steve and Alina Gardner were tempted by other career paths before finding their way back to their true calling. Alina, born and raised in China,...


 
Tessa John-Guerra’s Leap of Faith | February 28, 2021

Born and raised on the island of Saint Lucia, Tessa John-Guerra was a teacher for three years and school counselor for 16 before deciding to...


 
David Karayan: Following the Spark of Light | February 6, 2021

One month of teaching at a summer camp was enough to convince undergraduate David Karayan that math education was his calling. Twenty-four years...


 
Charles Franklin II: Making the Right Choice | January 14, 2021

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 in International Schools: No Looking Back | December 20, 2020

Over 18 years, Amos Owiti and his wife Martha Ojwang have taught in international schools in Kenya, Ethiopia, Singapore, China, and most recently,...


 
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,...

Did You Know…?

CEO of Search Associates, Jessica Magagna, was born in Morocco and attended the American Community School in Iran while her father was headmaster.