Candidate Stories

Candidate Stories

The Unstoppable Valerie Muckleroy

The Unstoppable Valerie Muckleroy

Having grown up overseas, Valerie Muckleroy has always wanted to return to the international life. For the last 43 years, however, she has made her home in East Texas. During these years, she…

The Time is Right for Todd Gribbon

The Time is Right for Todd Gribbon

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 as Elementary/Middle School Principal at Lahore American…

Brian Higginson: Keeping it Fresh

Brian Higginson: Keeping it Fresh

What keeps a teacher, at any age, feeling energized? Search Associates Candidate Brian Higginson, 69, will tell you: “That feeling of making a difference in students' lives is what drives me.”…


 
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,...


 
The Perfect Match Professionally and Personally: Overseas Teachers Owen McMullen & Chelsea Utecht | June 15, 2019

So much is coming together for international teaching candidates Owen McMullen and Chelsea Utecht. At the end of the summer (2019), they will...


 
International Teaching Couple Seizes the Day! | May 15, 2019

In August 2019, Mark and Hannah Bailey will begin their first year as international educators! They have sold their home, and they are packing...


 
From West Bengal to Florida to Beijing: Candidate Saiti Datta | April 14, 2019

Born in the state of West Bengal in India, Saiti Datta moved around a lot with her family for her father’s job. A memory from her childhood is...


 
Seasoned Teacher Jessie Lytton Goes International | March 15, 2019

She was on a different career trajectory working in Human Resources when Jessie Lytton decided to overhaul her life and become a teacher. She...


 
Teaching Couple Bri and Vince | February 20, 2019

As a couple, Vince Dimatera and Nikki Brianne Ragos (Bri) love traveling and meeting people from different walks of life. They enjoy taking photos...


 
International Administrators Karen and Chris Ryan | January 16, 2019

Candidates Karen and Chris Ryan are thrilled to embark on their new leadership roles, Karen as Senior English Language Learner Coordinator and...

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 President.