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Kailie Nagrath is a recent college graduate who has just embarked on her first international teaching assignment. A May 2013 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA, with a degree in psychology and a minor in early childhood education, Kailie knew she wanted to combine her love of travel and foreign cultures with her passion for teaching and children. After attending a recruiting fair she landed an intern position with the International School of Manila, and excitedly began her journey towards an international teaching career.
This blog shares her journey on the first year.

School Breaks and the International Educator

  We’re in the Home Stretch With the school year winding down, teachers at international schools, and schools everywhere, are operating on a fever pitch to get everything done in order to conclude another school year.  From class trips, to … Continue reading

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Surviving a Recruiting Fair: A Game of Musical Chairs

Now that February is safely behind us I can look back at the recruiting fair I attended last month, and let out a sigh of relief.  For anyone who’s ever attended one, they can understand that describing it as stressful … Continue reading

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Taking Time

          As the waning days of December passed I found myself clinging to the feeling that time is moving too quickly . . . that it’s a precious resource that there is never enough of or … Continue reading

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5 Tricks of the Trade for Substitute Teachers

By Kailie Nagrath As an intern my primary role is to be the ‘go-to’ substitute teacher for classes in grade levels from Preschool to grade 4. They didn’t Teach this in College So far, I have subbed for all grade … Continue reading

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The Philippines – From Tropical Paradise to Tropical Depression

When Disaster Strikes Near, But Not at You  By Kailie Nagrath I have been getting a lot of inquires from friends and family members who have been hearing about the devastating super typhoon Yolanda.  “I am perfectly fine and safe,” I … Continue reading

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We Have a Sub Today! (P-A-R-T-Y!)

  We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers, leave them kids alone Hey, teacher leave them kids alone! Lyrics from “Another Brick in the Wall part 2” – Pink … Continue reading

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A Journey Together

Kindergartners Wired for Learning Kindergarten students are thirsty for knowledge and their excitement is palpable. As the days progress, I am witnessing first-hand the process of how a young mind untangles the symbols of language by stringing the sounds of … Continue reading

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First Day of School Jitters

The first day of school. Just that phrase alone conjures up reactions spanning the emotional gamut from happiness and excitement, to fear and dread and just about every other emotional state in between. Until this year, my entire lifetime of … Continue reading

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage Finally, it’s time to put all of that rich information from orientation into life as we set up the classroom! Sweating the Small Stuff I’m not sure if was the intense Manila humidity, or the overwhelming to-do … Continue reading

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First Impressions

So far, this opportunity of living and working overseas is nothing short of dreamlike. As I navigate my new environment and my first days here, I am struck with the following impressions: · Living Conditions – The accommodations provided for … Continue reading

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